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Girlguiding Compass Award

The South West England Compass Award can be gained by any adult member, including unit helpers in recognition of their contributions and commitment to Guiding at unit level and for promoting Guiding in their local area/community.



  • The Compass Award will be given to recognise the dedication of our members, including unit helpers, at local level who give freely of their time on a regular basis to provide good quality guiding to the girls in their unit(s) and to the benefit of their local area/community. This could be maintaining or supporting a successful unit(s) or involvement in a Girlguiding activity or project that shows the unique quality that the member or unit helper brings to local guiding and the area/community.
  • The Award may be made to any adult over the age of eighteen years and involved in Guiding.
  • The Nominee for this award does not have to hold a County/Island, Region, or National appointment.
  • The Award is not linked to the Nominee’s length of service.
  • The Award should not be considered as a ‘retirement gift’.


How to Apply

You are asked to send a minimum of 3 statements in support of the application, one of which must be from the nominator.

The statements of support can be submitted using the supporting statement form, a letter, or an email, but please make sure that the information is clear. The application must inform the Region Awards Sub-committee of the following:

  • Details about the member or unit helper you are nominating and why you think she/he is worthy of a Compass Award.
  • Information about what she/he does for Guiding at local unit level – tell us about her/his involvement and planning in unit meetings, special projects, activities, and events.
  • Information about her/his regular commitment – is it weekly monthly and it could also include special Girlguiding projects, activities, or events.
  • Information about what she/he has done to promote Guiding in the local area/community – what have the girls and the leader been involved in locally which has raised awareness of Guiding?


Additional information to support the nomination

  • Please remember that it is highly unlikely that anyone on the Awards Sub-committee will know the member or unit helper being nominated so a range of statements are needed which can provide the information and demonstrate the member or unit helper’s commitment, involvement in the unit, the local area/community or with a special project. 
  • It is strongly recommended when writing statements of support that careful consideration is given to the guidance set out in ‘criteria’ and ‘how to apply’.
  • The supporting statements can be from Leaders, Commissioners, parents or girls in the unit.
  • Comments from the girls and/or parents and photos add real strength to an award application.


Next Steps

1. The application form can be downloaded here, or can be requested from Lucy at the Region office.

2. Applications must be made without the knowledge of the Nominee.

3. Completed applications should be returned to Lucy Asher, together with supporting statements, to arrive by 20 December or 20 April for consideration at the January or May Awards Sub-committee meetings.

4. Please mark applications which are sent by post ‘Confidential’. Applications will be treated in the strictest confidence. Award applications with supporting statements may also be sent by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

5. A minimum of 3 statements are required, one of which must be from the nominator.

6. The nomination must be endorsed by a Commissioner (County/Island, Division, District or Section Commissioner). The Commissioner is asked to confirm/acknowledge the worthiness of the award being applied for.

7. The Region office will confirm by email the safe arrival of all award applications.


Download these guidelines for writing letters.


Please note – County/Island Commissioners are informed of all Compass Award nominations before they are considered by the Awards Sub-committee.


What happens after the Awards Sub-committee?


1. The Sub-committee’s decision will be final. However:

  • On the advice of the Sub-committee an application may be resubmitted. This could be because the Sub-committee feel that additional statements of support will strengthen the application.

  • If the application is unsuccessful, a new application may be submitted for the Nominee after a period of two years.


2. A Compass Award presentation event is arranged in September for Award recipients and a guest. The Compass Awards will be presented by the Region Chief Commissioner or her Deputy. If the date is inconvenient, arrangements will be made for the Award to be presented in County/Island.


3. Successful recipients of the Compass Award will be notified in writing and invited to the presentation event. The nominator and the County/Island Commissioner will also be notified by email.


4. Successful Compass Award recipients will be notified in February and June.


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