Awards & Recognition


Awards and recognition are an important part of guiding life and enable us to show thanks for the hard work of our volunteers and to recognise when members have gone above and beyond.

Bedfordshire Brooch


This county award may be awarded to any member over 18 who has given valued service within the county, as a special “thankyou”.

Any member can make a recommendation, by completing an application form and gaining the appropriate signatures. The form is then sent to the chair of the Awards committee, and the recommendation is then considered by the committee, usually close to the time of an Annual Review, though this is totally flexible. The application should remain a secret until the presentation is made.

The brooch was designed by Sandra Cove, a Bedford Leader.

Bedfordshire Youth Brooch


This county award may be awarded to member aged 4-18 who have shown notable commitment or participation, made a notable difference to others, have empowered or influenced or demonstrated championing a cause and making a difference to their community.

Any member can make a recommendation, by completing an application form and gaining the appropriate signatures. The form is then sent to the chair of the Awards committee, and the recommendation is then considered by the committee. The application should remain a secret until the presentation is made.

Thanks Badge

Given to members and non-members of Girlguiding as a sign of appreciation for their support.
Any member may present a Thanks badge after discussion with a leader or commissioner.

Good Service Badge

This brooch can be awarded by the Chief Guide, a Chief Commissioner or County Commissioner for good service to guiding.

Long Service Badge

Any adult member who volunteers regularly, irrespective of role, gender or age, is eligible for a Long Service Award.

Anglia Brooch

The Anglia Brooch is awarded for commitment and level of service above 'the call of duty', notable display of courage, bravery or initiative.

Anglia Youth

For members under the age of 18 who have shown notable commitment or participation, made a notable difference to others, have empowered or influenced or demonstrated championing of the rights of young women.

Buddy and Unit Buddy

This recognises young women in guiding who act as buddies, supporting their peers with additional needs within units, at events or on camps and holidays.

Guiding Star

An award for any member up to her 26th birthday, who has displayed exceptional courage or who has shown great initiative or responsibility during an incident.

Laurel

The Laurel Award celebrates exceptional service. It is awarded to active members of Girlguiding who have made an outstanding contribution to guiding.

Silver Fish

The Silver Fish award recognises active members who have made an exceptional contribution across the breadth of Girlguiding.