Our awards

Through a number of award initiatives, we want to show our appreciation and recognise individuals, members and groups for the amazing work they do for the Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting movement, and for the world


WAGGGS Medals are given to express gratitude to selected leaders, members and non-members of the Movement who have distinguished themselves in their outstanding service to the Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting at both national and global levels. It is a prestigious and the highest form of recognition for works done for WAGGGS and can be work at any time.

The silver medal is the highest accolade; bronze is awarded for exceptional service. The medal may be worn at any time.

Bronze and silver lapel pins are given to individuals who have received a silver or bronze medal. It is presented to awardees on appropriate occasions.

Who is eligible?

To be eligible to receive the medal, an individual needs to have done exceptional work for Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting movement of an outstanding value and be nominated by members of the world board and its committees.

What is the selection process?

Once all the nominations are received, all applications go through rigorous review process by the World Board.

Presentation of the medals

The date and venue for presentation of the Medal is at the discretion of the World Board Chairman’s Team (World Board Chairman, Deputy Chairman/men, Treasurer and Chief Executive). The WAGGGS World Board Chairperson, or, if she is unavailable, a member of the World Board, will present the Award.

Olave award

Olave Award logo

The Olave Award is an international Award to honour the memory of the World Chief Guide, Lady Olave Baden-Powell and to keep alive her belief in the spirit of service. It is awarded every three years at the World Conference by WAGGGS to groups of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts who have created positive change in their community.

The last Olave Award for 2012-2014 recognised projects that contributed to the UN Millennium Development Goal 2: Achieve Universal Primary Education (using education to open doors for all girls and boys) or have used education as a way of bringing change to the community.

We received 20 nominations from 15 countries with more than 5,540 Girl Guides and Girl Scouts involved and more than 13,460 people impacted. The Olave 2012-2014 went to local groups from Japan, Zambia, USA, Hong Kong and Sri Lanka and was awarded at the 34th World Conference that took place in Hong Kong (2014).

Download and read more about the 2012-2014 Olave Award Project Summaries.

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