Girlguiding South West England
AWARDS PROCEDURE
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Do you know someone in your District or Division or County/Island who is special, whom you feel deserves special recognition for what they do for Guiding? If there is someone who matches these criteria, have you thought about applying for a Guiding award for them?

There are a number of different awards that you could consider at Region and Girlguiding UK levels for members and non-members and I have summarised them below. The Region Awards Sub-Committee considers all award applications. Applications for Girlguiding UK Awards are submitted by the Region to the Girlguiding UK Awards Committee. Additional details of the Girlguiding UK Awards can be found on page 53 of The Guiding Manual.

If you are uncertain about whether to nominate someone for an award why not contact your Commissioner to discuss the matter. If you would like to go ahead and nominate someone please contact the Executive Administrator at Region Office who will be pleased to send you further details and an application form.

Awards given by Girlguiding South West England and Girlguiding UK
Thanks Badge Thanks Badge
The Thanks Badge is usually given to a person (male or female) who is not a member of Girlguiding UK as a sign of appreciation for their support, either over a number of years or during a special event or activity. Any member of Girlguiding UK may present this after discussion with her Guider or Commissioner.
Good Service Brooch Good Service Brooch
The Chief Guide or the Chief Commissioner or the County/Island Commissioner presents the Good Service Brooch to a member (uniformed adult up to her 65th birthday) for excellent service to Guiding. The nominee must hold a current appointment card or have completed an appointment no more than 6 months before the application is made.
Silver Oak Leaf The Girlguiding South West England Silver Oak Leaf Award
The Silver Oak Leaf is presented by the Chief Commissioner to recognise and acknowledge the outstanding contribution and commitment that an adult (member or non-member) over the age of 18 has made to the promotion or advancement of Guiding within South West England.
Star of Merit
The Star of Merit is given to any member aged between 5 and 26 years who has shown great courage and fortitude in her personal life, or initiative/responsibility at an incident. Nominations made as a result of an incident must be made within 6 months of the incident taking place.

Chief Commissioner's Certificate of Commendation
The Chief Commissioner's Certificate of Commendation is awarded by Girlguiding South West England to
a member or non-member of Girlguiding South West England who has shown outstanding courage in her/his personal life OR a Unit, a District, a Division or a County or Island who has demonstrated great commitment to Guiding in their community, or has taken part in a special project to promote Guiding.

Laurel Award
The Laurel Award is a Girlguiding UK Award presented by the Chief Commissioner to a member (uniformed adult up to her 65th birthday) in recognition of outstanding service to Guiding, which need not be at Association level. Members nominated for this award should ideally be at least 18 months from retirement and have held an appointment within 6 months of the nomination form being received by the Region Awards Sub-Committee.
Silver Fish
This is the highest award that can be granted by Girlguiding UK. It is awarded to a member (uniformed adult up to her 65th birthday for outstanding service to Guiding in more than one capacity and a contribution to world Guiding. Members nominated for this award should ideally be at least 18 months from retirement and have held an appointment within 6 months of the nomination form being received by the Region Awards Sub-Committee.