Chicagoland Field Trips
Appreciation Awards (aka Gag Awards)
First Timers Award
My Favorite Thank You's
Recruit, Retain & Recognize
Thank You Baskets
Thank You Survival Kit
Back to Girl Scouting Kit
Yard Sign and Newspaper Picture
Appreciation Awards (aka Gag Awards)
From:Steve Beluchand Kathy Franda
"Egg"cellent job / idea / etc award- For those who did an excellent job
"Egg"citing or "Egg"cellent- Print words on hardboiled eggs like for Easter
A note to start on- For those who got us going (a musical note mounted on a piece of wood)
A real card- Mount a playing card
A real cut up- Mount a plastic knife or pair of scissors or a cookie
Added a spark- 4th of July sparkler
Bag of Trix award- Trix cereal in a bag
Banana Award- for the person with great appeal (a wax or plastic banana mounted on a piece of wood)
Berry good job- For the person who did a "Berry good Job" (a wax or plastic berry mounted to a piece of wood)
Best foot forward- 12" ruler or a sock with the toe cut off
Big heart award- For those who always seem to have one (heart shaped craft material of any kind then decorated)
Bleeding Green Award- for Leader with most daughters in GS
Bonafide award- for the person who needs an award! (a dog bone mounted to a piece of wood)
Bounce Award- for troop leaders to bounce back next year and soften their hearts (sheet of bounce fabric softener)
Bright Idea award- For those who had a bright idea (a light bulb mounted to a piece of wood)
Bright idea Award- for person with good ideas (light bulb sprayed gold)
Cheerleader award- Mount a stiff wire through a box of Cheer laundry soap and add pom poms to the wire
Cone Award- Mount an ice cream cone for the person who can lick any job I've even seen one of those street cones be used
Cookie Coordinator Award- - cookie patch on a "plaque"
Corniest - An ear or can of corn
Covered the topic- A plastic lid
Dinner Award- for appreciation dinner organizer (wooden spoon)
Do-re-me Award- For your song leader Mount a note or cleft
Enlightening Award- A candle or small light on a piece of wood
Expanded our knowlege- Elastic band or large rubber band
Fan-tastic- A fan (use your imagination) I've even seen raids on the garbage dump.
First Aid Award- for Leader with most troops (bottle of aspirin)
Football Award- A small football to the person who always is willing to tackle a job
For those with a stake in the Scouts future- A tent stake (or if you really mean it a 2 inch thick T-Bone)
Give out a "rais-in" pay - a pyramid of raisins glued to a backing
Giving an eye-opening performance- Box of tooth picks
Go Getter Award- inflated balloon full of 'hot air' for the "Go power for the go getter"
Gold Kiss award- for those who REALLY deserve a kiss (a Hersey's pecan kiss - gold foil)
Golden Knot Award- for the person who has tied it all together (knot sprayed gold)
Good Egg Awar- for the person who has been a good sport about helping (Egg)
Had a ball- Mount a ball any size, any kind
Hat's off award- For someone we take our hats off to (an old hat mounted on a piece of wood)
Heads up award- For the person who is heads above the rest (a plastic head mounted above a piece of wood using a piece of wire to keep the head above the wood)
Heartfelt thanks- Large heart cut from felt
Helping hand award- For those who was willing to help (trace a hand on construction paper mounted to a piece of cardboard
Helping Hand Award- for person who always helps (Stuffed glove on dowel)
Hornblower Award- For those who never (or always) blow their own horn. Mount a plastic bicycle horn
Hung in there- Anything hanging from something (try to get a picture of the person)
Its "bean" wonderful- Mount up a lima or other large bean
Kept us in stiches- A needle and thread
Key to Success- For those who were key to making it happen
Kiss award- for those who deserve a kiss (a Hersey's kiss - silver foil)
Knocked yourself out award- Mount a small hammer or mini bat
Life saver award- for that person who saved you (a Lifesaver on a string)
Lifesaver Award- for the person who assisted with a problem (roll of lifesavers)
Marbleous job- A bunch of marbles
Measure up award- Your performance sets the standard (a ruler mounted to a piece of wood)
Megaphone Award- For those who are soft spoken but get the job done or never shout
Most Noteworthy- A notepad, use a match book and glue some paper to the inside (remove matches)
N'ice Job- A box of N'ice cough drops
Nuts about the job award- for the person who had to be nuts (2 or 3 peanuts glued to a piece of wood)
Nutties- A bag of nuts
Old Fossil Award- for oldest leader or person in GS the longest (rock)
On the Ball Award- for the energetic person who has it all together (styrofoam ball with pipe cleaner Girl Scout on top)
Order of the bear- For those that bear up under pressure (a plastic bear with a tire gauge)
Order of The Level- mount a small level for the person who is one bubble short of plumb
Order of the Nut- For one who has to be a little nuts (a walnut on a string or ribbon)
Order of the spare marble- For the person who's lost 'em (a marble glued to a small piece of wood or to a string )
Our eyes are on you- For the leader who sets the example (button eyes on a large felt U )
Pig Award- For the Big HAMS
Plunged right in award- >Small sink plunger
Purple Heart Award- for the person injured in the line of duty (purple heart pillow)
Really tacky award- Mounted thumb tacks
Record breaker of any kind - a mounted broken record
Right foot award- For those who got us off on the right foot (Trace a RIGHT foot --use caution some may not know left from right)
Right-on target- A target pasted to cardboard with "writing" on it
Ringy Dingy Award - Mount a plastic phone or two cans on a string This is for those who are your phone call addicts.
Rose to the occasion- an artificial or ribbon rose
Scout spirit award- For those who show spirit (Make a ghost from a ball & rag with the scout sign on it)
Shell of a good job- Large mounted seashell
Shining Example- A small flashlight
Soggy Shoe Award - old scrungy shoe for the new adult hiker who wore loafers on the 20 miler
Spark plug award- For the person who is the spark of a project (a spark plug mounted to a piece of wood)
Tee-rific- A mounted golf tee or tea bag
Thanks a million <- Million $ in play money
The Alka Seltzer or Fizzy Award- For those who add zing to the group
The band-aid Award- For those who can fix anything / For someone who got a boo-boo
The coveted dime and pin award- Glue a pin to a dime
The Crutch Award- For those who you can lean on
The right arm award- Cardboard arm with the hand in the Scout sign
The Rock Award - For those who are the rock of the group
The Rope Award- For those who always tie up the loose ends
Udderly Ridiculous award- Blown up latex glove
Welcome aboard- A 2 x 4 with the word "welcome" printed on it
Well Done- Burnt slice of toast
Wet Sponge Award- for new leader - to help soak up all the new info - piece of sponge mounted on cardboard
Whale Award- For those who did a whale of job
Windbag Award- A blown up bag
Worked like a dog- A mounted dog biscuit or bone
You banded us together- A bunch of rubber bands
You charged us up- A battery
You stuck to it- A roll of tape or glue stick
You tickled our funny bone- A feather mounted to a bone
First Timer's Award
From: Mary Ferguson / Tejas Council
I think that the first year leaders work very hard and need that special pat on the back.
First Timers Award: Get one of those plastic toy watches with the paper face. With a black marker, write over the 12 and make it a 13. With a ribbon attach a paper stating: "First Timers Award: For the new leader who managed to squeeze an extra hour into her days for Girl Scouts."
From: Sara Crawley
Two years ago when I was moving away from my troop in Michigan the girls put together a beautiful "Thank you." They each wrote and drew on one piece of paper and then bound them together with a cardboard cover. Their pages were full of their memories from our time together. For instance, one girl wrote something like "I'll never forget my first match" because I taught her how to light one. I still go back and look at the book, especially when I'm starting to feel a little burned out as a leader. It shows me again how much the girls really appreciate it. Another thing that made it special was that it was the girl's idea to do this instead of buying flowers which is what the mom that was helping them had suggested.
My Favorite Thank You's
From: Laura Humphrey - Lone Star Council, Austin, TX
As a leader the gifts I most enjoyed receiving were items that the girls knew I would enjoy because they paid attention to what I like.
- One girl gave me a plastic canvas tea-cup shaped pouch. It was two layers woven with different colored yarn to resemble a china cup sewn together to make a pocket for a tea bag to slip in my purse. (She knew I like herbal/decaf. tea).
- I've also received scented hand lotion and plastic bags with Calgon bath salts in them (A large box is not too expensive at WalMart, and dividing it among many plastic bags is economical).
- I collect patches and postcards and the girls have bought these for me as souvenirs from places they've visited.
- I use scented candles in my home. One girl made one for me for Christmas (the rest of the troop liked it so much that she showed us all how to make them during a meeting)
- Once each girl recorded on video tape why they liked being in scouts and said thank you to me "for making it so fun" I still have the video and the girls have grown a lot since 2 years ago.
- Also I appreciate muffins the girls have baked themselves and have shared with me.
- The first year I was a leader, they gave me a 3 ring binder with snapshots of troop activities their families had taken.
- I also have a picture with a mat that has several openings and snap shots of the girls and myself at events we've attended. They wrote on the mat. Dates, names, places, what they were thinking at the time.
- Also, I love chocolates, but you must know a person to give this gift. (My Cookie Coordinator of 4 years is a diabetic, and she shouldn't have sweets. I don't know how she stands having the cookies at her house!)
- I also have cross stitched samplers made into bookmarks and sachets. (They did these as 3rd graders and made extras for the elderly).
- In a neighboring Service Unit, girls put yard signs at all the leader's homes saying things like "Happy Leader's Day!", "#1 Girl Scout Leader", etc. (you get the idea) I thought that was a good idea.
Recruit, Retain & Recognize
"This note grew out of letters about SU Meetings and District Meetings.
I attended a training called Chain Reaction, given by the Ontario Training Team. The Theme was 3 R's: Recruit, Retain and Recognize. The item that might be of interest to most of you (and especially interesting to Brenda in Nanaimo) are the "awards" or recognitions and thanks. I have grouped them as best I can. I have also added to the list since I acquired it a year ago...you will see that this sort of thinking can be fun and it is easy to invent your own according to your situation. It is intended to be inexpensive so use your imagination. Have fun with it :)"
Thanks, you really stimulated the group today.
- Tooth Pick
Thanks for your input, sorry I was so picky.
We'd be really stuck without you. You have a knack for getting at the little bits.
Thank you for stimulating this meeting.
Mints or Certs
Thanks, you are a breath of fresh air.
Your ideas take my breath away.
You really dressed up the occasion.
You're the cream of the crop. Thank you for addressing the idea.
You've tossed out some good ideas.
Things would be pretty plain without you.
Thank you for helping clean up a messy situation.
With your help we're really on a roll.
Thanks, we can always count on you to get the paper work done.
We value your role on our committees.
That was a truly "noteworthy" achievement.
Small Gillette Shaving Foam:
You've helped us smooth over the rough edges, thanks.
Thanks for your continued support. I know this job has been a real headache.
Since you've joined our committee the static is gone.
You've really added energy to our group. Thanks for charging us up.
Thanks for raisin the tough issues.
Since you've joined our team, things are really brewing.
No one holds a candle to you. Thanks for your leadership.
A toast to a job well done! Thanks!
You deserve a standing ovation; take a bow.
Jelly Bears or Graham Bears
Our thanks to you bears repeating.
Grapes or Bananas
Thanks a bunch!
We can lick any problem with your help. Thanks!
Small Bottle of Scope
Please don't leave with a bad taste. Thanks for your involvement.
Pkg. of Dried soup mix
Your leadership has put together the right mix on our committee. Thanks!
Small Hair Spray
Thanks for helping us get things under control.
Your leadership helps us see the light at the end of the tunnel.
Thank you. Here are your just desserts!
Thanks for sticking to the job til it was done.
Thanks for the fresh ideas.
I shared these ideas with my Sunday School Superintendent last June. Usually the year-end awards service is boring [yawn] Well, we spiced things up a little by recognizing _every_ volunteers participation in our program by using these little (aka "cheap") gifts. It was a smashing success!!! We gave lifesavers to a few people who volunteered in last minute situations, jars of homemade jam to 2 men who "helped us out of a jam", note paper to some behind-the-scenes people who we counted on all the time...the possibilities are endless.
When my husband and I moved in August, they turned the tables on us! They said they would like to "roast" us -- roasting pan, but instead they wanted to "toast" us--old toast, it's "bean" a good 5 years -- dried baking beans, etc. It was so funny that none of us cried...until later :-)
Thanks for letting me share this with you. If we can recognize the leadership in our organization in the little things we do at meetings or wherever, we have a better chance of retaining the good leaders we have. This list only reaches a few of us but we know how much it means to have the support and recognition here...just imagine if our meetings (SU and District) could give such positive encouragement and support to every member in attendance! Wow, now there's a moral booster!"
Snowy Owl, 1st Stayner Brownies
Thank You Baskets
From: Janis Moore
Last year my guide group made thank-you baskets for all the people that volunteered with our unit. The baskets were made from milk(small) cartons that were saved by the teachers at the school where i work. I washed them out and the girls covered them with pieces of wall paper that had been donated.The handles were made from heavier cardboard and were attached with a glue gun. We used cut up tissue paper(cut with a paper cutter) to fill the inside. Each of the girls donated candy to fill the baskets (some candy was donated by a local store) A personal thank-you note was attached to the basket and was delivered to each volunteer. Needless to say people were very surprised and happy to receive them.
Thank You Survival Kit
From: Kathy Franda
I adapted this from a poem posted last year by Deb Fergie and used in Paisano Council. It is very inexpensive to put many of these together. My daughter and I put together enough to leave anonymously on the doors of all the leaders/assistant leaders out of our school and all of the service unit team. If you do something anonymously be sure to give yourself one so if you are asked you can honestly say that you got one too and thereby preserve your anonyminity ;-)
Place a bandaid, match, birthday candle, rubber band, paper clip, hard candy, and button in baggie. Tie ribbon bow around top and attach the following poem to ribbon.
"It's that time again to pause and reflect
And look at the year in retrospect.
A problem or two arose here and there
Not one went unconquered because you care.
You gave your best to the world of Girl Scouts,
Our "promise" upheld without any doubts.
But maybe, just maybe, you grew rather weary.
And wondered if you could remain bright and cheery.
If so... open this packet, it's a small compensation
For damages done, use without reservation.
The bandaid you use to heal the small hurt
If someone to you got a little bit curt.
The match you then strike up, this friendship renew,
Touch the match to the candle, let more light shine through.
And why the rubber band, you're ready to ask,
Flexibility and giving it means, for each task.
Next, a small paper clip is in this bag, too.
"Together" it keeps it all for you.
The candy... you guessed it...is to sweeten your day
"Cause we know you'll keep sharing your love through May"
Whether leader, team member or one who consults,
You are ever concerned to get best results.
With thanks, many thanks, SU157 bursts with pride,
The button we popped is contained inside.
Now keep or use this survival kit, small,
And we hope to see you back in the fall!
THANK YOU FOR BEING A LEADER!"
Back to Girl Scouting Kit
From: Lori Brockmeyer
Junior Troop 83 Leader
Gateway Girl Scout Council, FL / (received this kit from Cherie Register)
This was intended as a "Back to Girl Scouting Kit" but maybe it could be given at Leader's Day too. (all items packed in a zip-loc bag with a note which says the following: )
"Here's why your Back to Girl Scouting Kit contains these items:
BAND-AID- to remind you of healing hurt feelings, either yours or someone else's
CANDY KISS- to remind you that everyone needs a nice treat occasionally
RUBBER BAND- to remind you of hugging and those times when you want to give a hug or want to receive one
TISSUE- to remind you to dry someone's tears or perhaps your own, so you can see the tears of others
BUTTON- to remind you to "button your lips" to keep from saying mean things about others or talking when it's not appropriate
TOOTHPICK- to remind you to "pick out" the good qualities of everyone including you
GOLD THREAD- to remind you that friendship is the golden thread that ties together the hearts of everyone
ERASER- to remind you that everyone makes mistakes sometimes and that's all right
LIFESAVER CANDY- to remind you to think of me as YOUR "lifesaver," whenever you need to talk--feel free to call me
MINT- to remind you that you are worth a MINT to Girl Scouting and to me"
Yard Sign and Newspaper Picture
From: Mary Beth Hunt
Some time in the fall, at a Service Unit Meeting, leaders are asked to write down the name, address and phone number of a responsible parent in their troop. That is all that is said and we forget about it.....
UNTIL Leader Appreciation Day! The council purchased signs for yards and distributed them to the Service Unit Managers. She distributed them to that responsible parent from each troop. The front yard sign had the signature of each girl in my troop, along with a nice card.
We also put a picture of leaders in the newspaper. The picture was taken at a Service Unit Meeting.
Leader Appreciation Day is a great event, and can be wonderful if you plan ahead!!!
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