The Commend Coin was instituted by Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital in 2013 to be awarded at the discretion of Service Unit Managers and/or Association Chairs. The Commend Coin can be presented to a Girl Scout volunteer for any reason, but most often would recognize special achievement for which there is no appropriate official recognition available. This may be because a volunteer has already been awarded the official recognitions specified for their role. It could also be presented to a volunteer who does not meet criteria for other awards but has still had an important impact on a service unit or association. Receiving a Commend Coin does not impact the volunteer’s ability to receive other awards in the future. Over time, a volunteer may be awarded several Commend Coins of different designs.
In 2022, the council introduced the first coin of a new series with the theme of our Girl Scout mission: “Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.” The first coin is the “Courage” coin.
Commend Coins are not for general purchase like a souvenir - they are presented to a volunteer to recognize their service. They are available for purchase in the Girl Scout shops upon presenting the Authorization for Purchase form signed by the SU manager or association chair and should be presented at an appropriate event, like other recognitions.
Focus of Service
Impact of Service
Examples of Possible Candidates
Any Girl Scout volunteer, such as:
A troop leader who has already received an Outstanding Leader pin and a Jan Verhage Spirit of Leadership pin.
A volunteer who worked with multiple troops during the course of one year and does not meet the two-year length of service requirement for Volunteer of Excellence
A long-time SU team member who has received an Appreciation Pin and Sustained Service Pin and has continued to serve.
Length of Service
Can be presented at association, service unit, or other local events.