Girl Scouts participate in Girl Scout Sunday at Green Valley Baptist Chruch in Pontotoc, MS
Girl Scouts and Faith
Girl Scouts has always provided many opportunities for girls to grow in their respective religious faith, including religious recognitions that are facilitated at an individual or troop level through a faith community. Each girl is encouraged to develop her own strong values within the context of family, faith, and the Girl Scout Promise and Law.
The newly released, My Promise, My Faith pin is an award found within the Girls Guide to Girl Scouting.
Earning this award helps girls explore how Girl Scouting and their
faith offer similar ideas about how to interact with the world around
them—and how Girl Scouting can tie into their faith.
According to the Girl Scout Constitution:
“The motivating force in Girl Scouting is spiritual. The ways in which members identify and fulfill their spiritual beliefs are personal and private.”
GSHS encourages girls to work with their parent and religious leaders to earn their religious rewards if they choose to do so. Girl Scouts recognize that religious instruction is the responsibility of parents and religious leaders.
The new Girl Scouts My Promise, My Faith pin invites girls in grades K-12 to experience a faith journey through exploration of the Girls Scout Law and teachings from their faith.
Girls can earn this national pin each year.
Steps to earn the pin:
- Choose one line from the Girl Scout Law. Find a story, song, or poem from your faith with the same ideas. Talk with your family or friends about what that line of the Law and the story, song, or poem have in common.
- Find a woman in your own or another faith community. Ask her how she tries to use that line of the Law in her life.
- Gather three inspirational quotes by women that fit with that line of the Girl Scout Law. Put them where you can see them every day!
- Make something to remind you of what you’ve learned. It might be a drawing, painting, or poster. You could also make up a story or a skit.
- Keep the connection strong. Talk with your friends, family, or a group in your faith community about what you’ve learned about your faith and Girl Scouting. Ask them to help you live the Law and your faith. Maybe you can show them what you just made or perform your skit!
Adult volunteers from faith organizations partner with girls by:
- Linking the national pin into their faith’s religious recognitions
- Guiding girls through their personal faith journey
- Helping girls strengthen their understanding of their faith
Select a program level below to preview their My Promise, My Faith requirements.
Every time a girl makes the Girl Scout Promise, she is promising to “serve God.” One way she can “serve God” is to participate in the religious award program of her faith and to wear that recognition proudly on her uniform. Our council wants every Girl Scout to know about the religious awards.
What exactly are “religious awards programs?”
They are programs that have been created by the national religious organizations/committees, not by the Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. These programs encourage girls and young women to become more active members in their own religious groups, and they encourage spiritual development by providing specific religious instruction. These programs offer recognitions or pins that are approved for wear on the official Girl Scout Uniform.
National organizations have created religious recognitions to encourage girls to grow stronger in their faith. The Girl Scouts of the U.S.A.has approved of these programs and allows the recognition insignia to be worn on the official uniform, but each religious organization develops and administers its own program. Check with your council store or contact the religious organization directly to obtain the curriculum booklets.
GSUSA Approved Religious Recognition Programs list