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Girl Scouts and Faith

Girl Scouts and Faith

Celebrating Spirituality and Faith

Everything in Girl Scouting is based on the Girl Scout Promise and Law, which includes many of the principles and values common across religions. So while we are a secular organization, Girl Scouts has always encouraged girls to take spiritual journeys via their faiths' religious recognitions.


My Promise, My Faith 

Girls of all grade levels can now earn the My Promise, My Faith pin , which complements existing religious recognitions and allows girls to further strengthen the connection between their faith and Girl Scouts. Once each year, a girl can earn the My Promise, My Faith pin by carefully examining the Girl Scout Law and tying it directly to tenets of her faith. Requirements for this pin are included in The Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting for all levels.

My Promise, My Faith Fact Sheet (PDF)


Religous Award

Religious Recognitions

Created by national religious organizations to encourage the spiritual growth of youth members, religious recognition programs reinforce many of the values integral to Girl Scouting and help girls grow stronger in and learn more about their chosen faith.

Each religious organization develops and administers its own program. The brochure "To Serve God" (PDF) lists the religious recognitions created by various faith groups. You can find this brochure, a video explaining religious recognition programs, and other resources for collaborating with faith communities at P.R.A.Y. Publishing.

Some religious organizations are not affiliated with P.R.A.Y. or may not have a national office. To learn about their religious recognitions, contact local leaders.


Adult Volunteers

Adult Volunteers

Faith organizations regularly partner with Girl Scout councils to more closely link their religious recognitions with the national My Promise, My Faith pin. Adult volunteers advise girls along their personal faith journey and help them strengthen their own understanding of their faith.

To learn more about Girls Scouts and Faith; planning a faith event, starting a troop at your faith partner location or hosting troop meetings at a faith partner location, contact customercare@girlscoutsoc.org or explore these resources, Learn more about Girl Scouts and faith.

Activities and Faith

Activities to Share and Explore Faith:

Plan a Girl Scouts Celebrate Faith Event

“The motivating force in Girl Scouting is spiritual.”—Preamble, Constitution of Girl Scouts of the United States of America

At the heart of Girl Scouts are many of the same values most faiths hold:

  • Supporting girls
  • Making our community a better place
  • Building compassionate leaders

Whether girls participate in a worship service, plan an activity before or after the service, or organize a service project, your girls can honor their meaningful connections in lots of ways!

Check out these resources to help you plan, promote, and carry out your virtual or in-person event with your faith partner.

  1. Girl Scouts Celebrate Faith Fliers: Add your event details to these customizable fliers and ask your faith partner to share in their newsletter or bulletin. 
     
    Girl Scout Sunday (PDF) 
    Girl Scout Jummah(PDF) 
    Girl Scout Sabbath(PDF) 
    Girl Scouts Celebrate Faith (PDF)

  2. Order of Service Ideas: Encourage your girls to play an active role in your house of worship’s service! Work with your faith partner to select the best options for your event. 
     
    Sample Service Ideas (PDF) 

  3. Activities Tip Sheet: Try one of these activities before or after the worship service and during Girl Scout Week (check out the tips below for more!). As always, team up with your faith partner to find an option that works for everyone. 
     
    Pre- and Post-Service Ideas (PDF)

  4. PowerPoint Inserts: Customize these sample PowerPoint slides and ask if your faith partner can include them in a worship service slide show to promote your event. (Spanish slides available). 
     
    PowerPoint Slides Inserts (PPTX)

  5. Prayers: Share these sample Girl Scout-focused prayers and sample speech with your faith partner. 
     
    Sample Prayers(DOCX)

  6. Iron-On Embroidered Patches: Make your Girl Scouts Celebrate Faith event something your troop won’t forget—with a patch! Patches are available at your council store or the Girl Scout Shop and include:  Girl Scout Sunday, Girl Scout Jummah, Girl Scout Sabbath, and Girl Scout Faith (for any faith celebration or faith event, including interfaith).

Tips for Planning a Memorable Event

  1. Work closely with your faith partner. Teaming up will help event planning and promotion go smoothly and deepen the connection between your troop and your faith partner.

  2. Start early. Houses of worship will appreciate the extra time to incorporate your event into their worship schedule!

  3. Include pre- and post-activities. Events before and after the worship service are a great way to share the benefits of Girl Scouting with faith families and give back to your faith partner. Depending on your area’s COVID guidelines, you might host a cookie booth and/or cookies and punch reception after the service or do a service project—check out the activities tip sheet for more.

  4. Promote your event. Spread the word through social media and neighborhood channels. Ask your faith partner to promote the event in their newsletters or bulletins. And give your local council a heads up too: they may amplify through their channels.

  5. Thank your faith partner after the event. Faith partners will appreciate a note of thanks after your event, especially one they can share with their community.

Explore the Girl Scout Law and Your Faith

Create a keepsake to showcase your principles and values.

Activity Details
Time needed
: 30 minutes
Materials needed:

  • Craft materials (poster board, construction paper, other paper, index cards)
  • Writing/drawing/painting utensils (crayons, markers, colored pencils, paints)
  • Collage or scrapbook materials (personal photos, magazines, stickers)
  • Story, song, poem, or text from your faith tradition 
  • Optional: computer, tablet, or phone with internet access to research inspirational quotes or a story, song, poem, or text from your faith tradition

Setup: 

The Girl Scout Promise and Law communicate many of the principles and values that are common across religions. Each year, a Girl Scout can earn her My Promise, My Faith pin by exploring the Girl Scout Law and tying it directly to teachings from her faith.

Activity:

Let’s begin by reading the Girl Scout Promise and Law.

Girl Scout Promise
On my honor, I will try:
    To serve God and my country,
    To help people at all times, 
    And to live by the Girl Scout Law.

Girl Scout Law
I will do my best to be
    honest and fair,
    friendly and helpful,
    considerate and caring, 
    courageous and strong, and
    responsible for what I say and do, 
and to 
    respect myself and others, 
    respect authority,
    use resources wisely,
    make the world a better place, and 
    be a sister to every Girl Scout. 

Think about the Girl Scout Law. Which principles and values stand out for you? What do you identify with and see reflected in your faith? Choose one line that resonates.

Next, share with another girl or a family member a story, poem, or song from your faith that goes with the line you selected. Discuss what they have in common.

Now that you’ve made a connection between your faith and the Girl Scout Law, use your imagination to create a keepsake to remind you of what you’ve learned. You might consider a poster, drawing, or painting; journal, scrapbook, or collage; or bookmarks with inspirational quotes by women and verses/words from religious materials.

Reflection:

Think about the following questions.

  1. What has your faith taught you? What does the Girl Scout Law teach you?
  2. What principles and values do you and your family practice?
  3. How can you share what you’ve learned about the Girl Scout Law and your faith with other girls?
  4. How can your friends and family help you stay true to the Girl Scout Law and your faith?

 

 

Fall Recruitment 2022
Fall Recruitment 2022