Everything in Girl Scouting is based on the Girl Scout Promise and Law. The Girl Scout Law includes principles and values common to most faiths. Although a secular organization, Girl Scouts has always encouraged girls to take spiritual journeys via their faiths’ religious recognitions.
My Promise, My Faith Pin (GSUSA)
Girls of all grade levels can now earn the My Promise, My Faith pin developed by Girl Scouts of the USA. This pin, which girls can earn once a year, allows all girls to further strengthen the connection between their faith and Girl Scouts. Requirements for this pin are included in The Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting for all levels.
Girl Scouts recognizes and respects the religious diversity that exists within our communities. Girls in the same troop often represent a wide variety of faiths. Religious Recognitions are associated with specific faith groups and are awarded after completion of a program developed by that community.
What are Religious Awards?
- Religious Awards are available in over 25 different faiths.
- Girls can earn the awards independently of their troop.
- 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.
- Each religious organization develops and administers its own program.
How do we get started on these programs?
- Contact Jeanne Billings to get information about the workbooks needed to complete the award.
- Each girl needs her own booklet to document progress
- Some religions offer adult manuals for counselors and mentors
- Parents should review the program guidelines
- Some programs require that girls be official “members” of the religious institution.
- Age/Grade requirements vary from program to program.
- Each program sets its own guidelines as to who may serve as a counselor. Some programs require clergy to serve as counselor, other programs allow parents or other family members to serve as counselor.
- Girls must complete the requirements, obtain the proper signatures and follow the instructions to order the recognition or pin.
- These recognitions or pins are not available in your Girl Scout Store.
- The award should be presented in a meaningful ceremony.
- The award can be presented at any time of the year (There is a special Girl Scout Sunday/Sabbath in March.)
- Religious Award pins and recognitions made be ordered in the Girl Scout Shop.
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