Thanks & Recognition

British Girlguiding Overseas awards criteria

Girlguiding has many ways of recognising and valuing leaders. It is important that we thank our volunteers. Recognising the fantastic work they do and presenting them with an award is one way of showing how much we value them.There are many awards that leaders and volunteers can be nominated for.

Here you can find information about awards that are available regionally and how to apply for them on behalf of another Girlguiding member. For national Girlguiding awards please check the Girlguiding website for details and ask any member of the BGO awards committee to submit your nominations.

Our Awards

Girlguiding BGO Chief Commissioner Award/Silver Galleon Award

This is an award presented at the discretion of the Chief Commissioner only.

The Girlguiding BGO Chief Commissioner’s Award is for extra inspirational volunteering. It is awarded to exceptional adult members who exemplify the Guide Laws in all aspects of their guiding and everyday life. The member should be a person who is respected by their guiding peers and who stands out as making a truly significant difference to guiding for girls and/or adults.

While this award is awarded at the discretion of the Chief Commissioner, she will need support from other commissioners, leaders, and girls as well for nominations and support information.


The following awards will need to be submitted to the BGO awards committee for consideration using the approved paperwork and documents

BGO Good Service award (metal brooch and certificate)

This award is for volunteers who go above and beyond their role. They motivate and inspire others and improve the quality of girl led guiding. This is an award which local commissioners and leaders can nominate others for.

The criteria for applying for this award are:

  • Guiding Experience - Held a guiding role within unit, district, division, county or region level. Within this role the leader will have demonstrated great leadership skills and have been a good team player.
  • Impact – Made a significant contribution to supporting guiding in the local area or for BGO.
  • Personal attributes – Should be well respected by her guiding peers, and have made a significant contribution to guiding.

Young person BGO award (metal brooch and certificate)

This award is for girls 5-18 who have made a notable commitment within their unit, district, division or county or for BGO. This is an award which local commissioners and leaders can nominate young members for.

Criterion for applying is to have made a level of participation that is over and above their usual role within guiding. This could be:

  • an act of exceptional kindness or an act of bravery
  • making a difference to the lives of others through supporting a charity or a worthy cause
  • speaking out and empowering other to have a voice
  • providing a significant contribution to an event large or small over and above their role


The following award is submitted to the county or division commissioner for decision

BGO Thank You brooch

This is for all BGO members who have notably helped over and above their usual role, and non-members who have notably helped at a unit meeting, District, Division or County event. This is an award which local commissioners, leaders and young members can nominate for. The awards committee would like to know who will receive this award so that a letter can be sent to be given to the person at the presentation of the award.