Connecting Girl Scouts and Your Faith
“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.”
This simple statement, called the Girl Scout Promise, outlines our core values and is our promise to all of our members and to our communities to uphold those values.
And while the wording of the promise may have changed over the years, our values today reﬂect the same core values our founder Juliette Gordon Low intended 102 years ago. And though we are a secular organization open to all girls regardless of faith or creed, we recognize and support the role faith has in developing courageous girls who make the world a better place.
How do we support this? With resources and recognitions that help girls weave their personal faith experience into Girl Scouts! And what are those resources and recognitions? The “My Promise, My Faith” pins and the religious recognition programs!
My Promise, My Faith Pin
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. -GSUSA
Sounds great, right? And your girl can earn this pin every year in Girl Scouts as she grows in maturity and in her faith. Ready to get her started? Check out the My Promise, My Faith fact sheet for more information on how your Girl Scout can earn this pin!
Do you need help making the connection between the Girl Scout Law and your Girl Scout’s faith? Then check out our Make the Connection resources for younger girls and older girls.
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. -GSUSA
Want more details about your faith’s recognition program? For more information about the different religious recognitions check out the “To Serve God” brochure.
Are you Catholic? Do you have have questions about Girl Scouts of the USA’s relationship with the Catholic Church? Read about our longstanding partnership with the Catholic Church on GSUSA’s website here!
Girl Scouts have been partnering with faith-based organizations to build leadership skills in girls for decades. Together we’re giving girls opportunities to discover their interests, connect with others, and take action, all while providing a framework for spiritual enrichment for those girls who seek it. So what do you think? Is your Girl Scout ready to connect her faith with her Girl Scout Promise? Start today!
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