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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.

OC Girl Scouts, parents and/or troop leaders submit the Girl Scout Faith Awards Report Form to help GSOC recognize girls who have earned Girl Scouts' national My Promise, My Faith Awards and religious recognitions for specific faiths. Submit one form per girl.

Plan a Girl Scouts Celebrate Faith Event and get council resources and support for your event when you submit the Girl Scout Faith Event Notification Form to share your plans to celebrate during Girl Scout Week annually in March or another time of year.

Join the GSOC Girl Scout Faith Team which meets monthly on Zoom on the 3 rd Thursday from 6:30-7:30 p.m. to help Girl Scouts connect to their faith and bring awareness to available awards.


My Promise, My Faith Religious Awards

Girls of all grade levels can earn the My Promise, My Faith Awards, which complement religious recognitions and allow girls to further strengthen the connection between their faith and Girl Scouts. Once each year, a girl can earn the My Promise, My Faith Award 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 (PDF)
Mi promesa, mi fe (Español)
Lời Hứa Của Tôi, Đức Tin Của Tôi (Tiếng Việt)


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?
Virtual Interfaith Event Series

Girl Scouts and our faith partners hosted a virtual interfaith celebration that’s now available for playback.

Use these recorded sessions while earning the My Promise, My Faith pin and learn about other faiths!

Session 1: View the Playback!
Interfaith celebration
Orthodox Christian speakers

Session 2: View the Playback!
Buddhist speakers
Catholic speakers
Lutheran speakers

Session 3: View the Playback!
Baha’i speakers
Islamic speakers
Jewish speakers
United Methodist speakers

Connect to Your Catholic Faith

Girl Scouts of the USA and Catholic Church Relationship
Girl Scouts of the USA is proud of its 100-year relationship with the Catholic Church and is pleased that the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has on its website the following resources Questions and Answers About Girl Scouts of the USA and About Catholic Scouting; Background on Girl Scouts of the USA and USCCB Conversations.
Learn more

Catholic Connections: Religious Awards, Recognitions and Patches
Girls can earn Girl Scout national My Promise, My Faith awards by exploring the connections between the Girl Scout Law and teachings from their faith and Catholic religious recognitions and patches administered by the National Catholic Committee for Girl Scouts and Campfire (NCCGSCF) and the National Federation of Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM) by exploring and becoming more involved in their Catholic faith.

Recognition for Catholic Gold Award Girl Scouts
His Holiness the Pope will send a certificate of recognition extending prayerful good wishes to Catholic Gold Award Girl Scouts.  To request recognition, OC Catholic Gold Award Girl Scouts submit the Catholic Gold Award Girl Scout Recognition Request during the year they earn the Gold Award.  Deadline to submit: September 30th (annually) *Unfortunately, this cannot be done retroactively. Note: By submitting the form, the Girl Scout and her family give permission for GSOC to share her name, address, parish, project description and photos, and reference letter(s) with the Vatican Embassy.

Virtual Summer Program for Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors to earn Catholic Religious Recognitions
The National Catholic Committee for Girl Scouts and Campfire (NCCGSCF) Virtual Summer Program registration opens on 3/14/22 for all Catholic Girl Scouts in grades 6-12 including:

  • Mary, The First Disciple Award is open to rising 6th-8th graders. They will be split into two groups, by grade level, and meet either on Tuesdays or Thursdays from 7-8:30pm ET for 10 weeks beginning on June 14th or 16th depending on which group the girls are in.
  • Spirit Alive is open to rising 9th and 10th graders and will meet on Tuesdays from 8:30-10pm ET for 4 weeks beginning on June 21st. This will allow the girls the rest of the summer to work on their service project.
  • Missio is open to rising 11th and 12th graders and will meet for 4 weeks with the day and time depending on the schedule of the girls involved.

View flyer and register at  https://tinyurl.com/CatholicEmblems

RE Congress
The Los Angeles Religious Education Congress (RE Congress) is an annual event, drawing over 40,000 Catholics from across the nation and around the globe. It is the largest annual gathering of Roman Catholics in the world. The RECongress is sponsored by the Office of Religious Education, a department of the Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles.  Learn more and register at https://recongress.org/

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