• County Awards
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  • National Awards

County Sea Stag 

County Silver Sea Stag Award

Criteria

  • The County Sea Stag will be awarded to recognise and acknowledge the outstanding contribution and commitment that any adult member of Girlguiding Bristol & South Gloucestershire has made, and continues to make, to the promotion and advancement of Guiding within the County
  • It is expected that the person for whom the application is made will have already received the Good Service Award and the service must be over and above that for which the Good Service Award was given.

Procedure

  • Any member of Girlguiding Bristol & South Gloucestershire may nominate someone on the proscribed application form
  • This applicant should ask colleagues, parents, members of the community, as appropriate, to write letters of support.  A minimum of ten letters is required.  The Division Commissioner should be one of them.  Letters from family members will not be acceptable.
  • Where possible, letters should be A4, giving clear contact details and appointment of the writer, and date of writing.  (Letters should be dated within 12 months ofthe Awards Panel meeting at which the application will be considered).
  • Applications and supporting letters can be sent to the Awards Panel by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and a copy to the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Alternatively, a hard copy can be sent by mail to the County Administrator at County Headquarters, Westmoreland Road, Redland, Bristol BS6 6YW, marked CONFIDENTIAL.  All applications and letters should be received at least two weeks before the date of the published Awards Panel meeting.  They will accept an electronic signature for emailed letters.
  • Applications will be considered in the strictest confidence and should be kept secret from the nominee.
  • Someone for whom a successful application has been made will receive a letter informating her of the Award and inviting her to attend the County Presentation Evening.  Those who wrote letters of nomination will also be invited.
  • If an application is unsuccessful, the Panel will contact the applicant with a reason.  Re-submission may be made after a year has elapsed if further evidence can be presented.

 

County Standard 

County Standard Award

Criteria

  • This Award will be considered for any person who is not a member of Girlguiding who has done outstanding service within the County, often over a period of time.  It is expected that the proposed recipient will have previously received a Thanks Badge.

Procedure

  • Any member of Girlguiding Bristol & South Gloucestershire may nominate someone for this Award
  • A minimum of three letters of support must be sent with the application.  Letters must show clearly the name and contact details of the sender and the date of the letter.
  • Applications and supporting letters should be sent to the Awards Panel by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.and copied to the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Alternatively a hard copy can be sent to the County Administrator at County Headquarters, Westmoreland Road, Redland, Bristol BS6 6YW, marked CONFIDENTIAL.  All should be received at least two weeks before the date of the published Awards Panel meeting.

 

Thanks Badge

Thanks Badge

  • The Thanks Badge can be either a brooch or lapel pin given to members and non-members of Girlguiding as a sign of appreciation for their support.
  • Any member of Girlguiding may present a Thanks Badge after discussion with a Leader or Commissioner.
  • The Thanks Badge may only be given to a member of The Trefoil Guild if they have given service specifically to Girlguiding.
  • Badges and Certificates can be purchased from your local badge secretary.
  • It is not necessary to contact the County Awards Panel about the above.

Occasionally County will award a Thanks Badge to someone who has given valuable service to the County.  Emailed Nomination letters may be sent to the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., copied to the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Only one nomination letter is required.  This should be received at least two weeks before the published date of the Awards Panel meeting.

 

Good Service Brooch/Award

Good Service Brooch

This is a national award and sometimes has been wrongly called the County Good Service Award.

Criteria

  • The Good Service Service Brooch may be given to an adult, who is a member of Girlguiding, for excellent service to Guiding, within a Unit, Division or County.
  • Being a member implies that she will hold a membership/recognised volunteer card.
  • Alternatively, the Award may be considered for someone who has completed a role, but no more than six months before the application is made.

Procedure

  • Any member ofthe County may nominate someone for this award with the approval of the Division Commissioner.
  • A minimum of three letters of support must be sent with the application.  Letters must show clearly the name and contact details of the sender and the date of the letter.  Letters from family members will not be acceptable.
  • Applications and letters of support should be sent tot he County Awards Panel by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., copied to the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Alternatively, a hard copy (marked CONFIDENTIAL) can be sent to the County Administrator at County Headquarters, Westmoreland Road, Redland, Bristol BS6 6YW.  All applications and letters must be received at least two weeks before the date of the published Awards Panel meeting.  They will accept electronic signatures for emailed letters.
  • Applications will be considered in the strictest confidence and should be kept secret from the nominee.
  • The adult for whom a successful application is made will be notified by letter and invited to the County Presentation Evening.
  • If an application is unsuccessful, the main applicant will be contacted after the Panel meeting,

 

County Young Members Award

Criteria

  • The County Young Members Award will be given to someone who has done something special or exceptional in their Unit, Division or County of Bristol & South Gloucestershire.
  • This may include running an excellent Unit, supporting a Unit in a challenging location or saving one due to close, helping with HOOTs, Peer Education, sharing skills or experience with members of other Units, organising a Division or County event or giving service or fundraising in the community.
  • Nominees will be aged 16 -30, though applications must be received 6 months before the 30th birthday is reached.

Procedure

  • Application will be made by the Division Commissioner, giving name, email address and date of birth of the nominee.  It must include the Commissioner's endorsement and relevant background information.
  • Application must be supported by at least three letters which may be from Unit members, Senior Section, fellow leaders, or anyone who can give testimony to the service given.  Letter-writers must give their name, email address and date of writing.  (NB The Unit Leader can give her email address and Unit name in the case of young members).  Letters from family members will not be acceptable.
  • The Division Commissioner will send the application and the three letters to the Awards Panel by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and a copy to the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Alternative, hard copies (marked CONFIDENTIAL) may be sent by post to County HQ, Westmoreland Road, Redland, Bristol BS6 6YW.  All should be received at least two weeks before the date of the published Awards Panel meeting.
  • Applications will be considered in the strictest confidence and should be kept secret from the nominee.

 

Long Service Awards

50 year LSA  40 year LSA  30 year LSA 

                50 year award                                40 year award                                   30 year award

20 year LSA   10 year LSA   5 year LSA

                20 year award                                       10 year award                        5 year award

Girlguiding wishes to recognise everyone's contribution to Guiding.  Any adult member who volunteers regularly, irrespective of role, gender or age, is eligible for a Long Service Award.  Service will be counted from the date the individual becomes a member, aged 16 or over, and actively carries out a role for 5, 10, 20, 30, 40 or 50 years (not necessarily consecutively).  A Recognised Volunteer Certificate can be presented to individuals who volunteer regularly in Guiding but have chosen not to be a full adult member.

The Long Service Award Brooches are all of similar design with different finishes and metals signifying the years.  All the brooches are accompanied by a certificate.  The 5-year certificate is signed by the County Commissioner, the 10-year and 20-year certificates are signed by the Country or Region Chief Commissioner and the 30, 40 and 50-year certificates are signed by the Chief Guide.

The brooches may be worn on the badge tab or on non-Guiding clothing.

It is the responsibility of the County Commissioner to establish when active members in her County are due to receive their awards and to ensure that the awards are presented at an appropriate time and in an appropriate manner.

If there is any query about length of service, the decision of the County Commissioner is final.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Girlguiding South West England Region Awards Sub-Committee has two meetings per year that take place shortly before Girlguiding's Awards Committee.  The Region Awards Sub-Committee normally meets in January and July to consider all nominations received.

Full criteria and blank application forms are available to download from the Region website.  Further information about the Awards Sub-Committee meeting dates and how to nominate someone can be obtained from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at the Region office.

Silver Oak Leaf

Silver Oak Leaf

The Silver Oak Leaf is presented by the Chief Commissioner to recognise and acknowledge the outstanding contribution and commitment that a Guiding member or non-Guiding member aged 18 years and over has made to the promotion or advancement of Guiding within South West England.

 

Compass Award

Compass Award

The Girlguiding South West England Compass Award is given to recognise the dedication of our members at local level who freely give their time week after week to provide good quality guiding to the girls in their units and to the benefit of their local community.  This could be maintaining a successful unit or for a Guiding activity or project that shows the unique quality that the member brings to local Guiding and the community.  This award can be gained by any adult member aged 18 years or over.

 

Young Guiders Award

Young Guiders Award

The South West England Young Guiders Award will be awarded to young guiders aged 18 to 30 who have done something special, something remarkable.  The something special or remarkable is wide-ranging and will depend on the individual's circumstances.  

It could vary from a young guider setting up a unit in an area that has not got a strong Guiding presence to running an event to raise a large amount of money for charity to raising awareness of specific issues affecting young girls and young women to growing guiding by raising awareness about Girlguiding and the opportunities it can offer.

 

Discretionary Awards

Nominations for the following awards must be made without the knowledge of the nominee or her relatives and on the appropriate form (available from the Country or Region Office), for the agreement of the Country or Region Awards Committee.  Completed nomincation forms must be submitted to the relevant Country or Region Office, the Commissioner for British Guides in Foreign Countries (BGIFC) or the Adviser for Branch Associations for endorsement prior to submission to the Association's Awards Committee.

The Association's Awards Committee gives careful consideration to all applciations and submits those it recommends to the Executive Committee for approval.

 

The Guiding Star Award

Guiding Star Award

This replaces the previous Gallantry and Star of Merit Awards.  There is a new badge and certificate.

The Guiding Star Award may be given to any member of Girlguiding (up to their 26th birthday) who has displayed exceptional courage or who has shown great initiative or responsibility at an accident.

(a)  Award applications based on an incident or accident situation must have occurred within the last 6 months

(b)  Situations covered by this award could include: a young carer coping with school and home life: a member in foster care copinig with life without her family: a member coping with tragedy, incident or long term illness.

For further details, click here.

 

Outstanding service: The Laurel Award and the Silver Fish

Laurel Award

The Laurel Award may be given to an adult who is a member of Girlguiding, or one of the Branch Associations, in recognition of outstanding service to guiding

 

Silver Fish Award

The Silver Fish is Girlguiding's highest award.  It is awarded for outstanding service to Girlguiding in more than one capacity, and a contribution to the international aspect of Guiding.  

The Silver Fish may be awarded to an adult who is a member of Girlguiding or one of the Branch Associations.

 A member nominated for the Laurel Award or Silver Fish award must:

  • hold a current member and recognised volunteer card, or
  • have completed a role no more than six months before the application is made

 

National Honours

National honours (including CBE, OBE and MBE) are awarded in recognition of exceptional merit and service to the nation.  Nominations for National Honours can be made for, or include, outstanding services to guiding.

More information on National Honours and honours nomination forms can be found here.  This website also includes supporting information, such as advice on writing citations for nominations.