Faith in Girl Scouting
Girl Scouting and the Religious Community Working Together
Historically, Girl Scouting has been committed to diversity, religious and otherwise, and a rich tapestry of religious beliefs is reflected in the Girl Scout membership. Realizing the benefits of collaboration with Girl Scouting, many faith-based groups have developed religious award activities that encourage Girl Scouts to become stronger members of their faith.
Benefits of working together
The Girl Scout Promise and Law reflect that we are a spiritually-based organization. We are non-denominational, though the values we endorse are universal—for example, respecting oneself and others and making the world a better place. In working with her faith group, a Girl Scout reinforces her commitment to her faith. At the same time, religious groups strengthen their connection to girls, their families, and youth in their communities.
What are religious awards?
Over 25 faith communities have religious awards.
Religious awards programs are created by the various religious groups to encourage girls to grow stronger in their faith.
GSUSA recognizes these programs and allows the recognition to be worn on the official uniform, but each religious organization develops and administers its own program. Religious awards are optional programs for girls to complete with the help of their families and religious leaders.
My Promise, My Faith
Earning My Promise, My Faith helps girls explore how Girl Scouting and their faith offer similar ideas about how to act—and how Girl Scouting can tie into their faith. This pin can be earned by girls once each year, every year they are in Girl Scouts. Just choose a different line of the Girl Scout Law each year.
For more information on My Promise, My Faith, and other religious awards visit http://www.girlscouts.org/program/basics/faith
What is Girl Scout Sunday/Girl Scout Sabbath?
Celebrated in March each year, Girl Scout Sunday and Girl Scout Sabbath give girls an opportunity to attend their place of worship or a new place of worship and be recognized as a Girl Scout. If a place of worship is the group sponsor, girls may perform a service, such as greeting, ushering, or doing a flag ceremony. These days are also a time when girls can explore other faiths.
Celebrate Girl Scout Sunday/Girl Scout Sabbath in your faith community. Each year Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois has bulletin inserts that can be downloaded from the website and distributed in your congregation. By promoting and celebrating Girl Scout Sunday/Girl Scout Sabbath, you can inform local faith communities about Girl Scouting and the religious award programs available.