Girl Scouts promotes and encourages girls to participate in faith-based programs. It has been part of the Girl Scout tradition since its inception in 1912 and remains a cornerstone of Girl Scouting. Faith based awards include:
My Promise, My Faith
Earning these awards help you explore how Girl Scouting and your faith offer similar ideas about how to act and how Girl Scouting can tie into your faith. You can earn a My Promise, My Faith pin for every year as a girl in Girl Scouting. Refer to the Girls Guide to Girl Scouting
for more information.
National Interfaith Committee Awards
These Religious Awards were created by various religious and faith based groups to encourage girls to grow stronger in their faith. GSUSA recognizes these programs and allows the recognition to be worn on the official Girl Scout uniform. Each religious organization develops and administers its own program. The To Serve God Religious Awards Brochure
shows the different faith awards recognized by the National Interfaith Committee. For more information on the religious awards for any faith check out P.R.A.Y. (Programs of Religious Activities with Youth) www.praypub.org
Service Unit Resources
In an effort to help Service Units, troops and leaders gain a better understanding on how Girl Scouts and faiths can go hand-in-hand together; the following resources have been created. These resources are just the start in helping Girl Scouts continue the almost 100 year connection with their faiths.
- Building Faith Communities; Service Unit Roles: This guide helps identify how the different Service Unit Administration volunteers can help educate and promote Girl Scout faith awards. Additionally, key messages are provided surrounding the Girl Scout constitution, traditions, promise and law, etc.
- Faith Liaisons Commitment Form: Faith Liaisons are knowledgeable Girl Scout volunteers, involved in both GS and her religious community, who is willing to talk with GS volunteers, girls, and parents about earning the religious awards. Anyone willing to be a Faith Liaison should fill there information out on the attached form and return it to their regional Girl Scout center.
- Girl Scouts Sunday/Sabbath Insert:
What better way to let a House of Worship learn about Girl Scouts and their participation in Girl Scout Sunday than a bulletin insert. If your faith organization would prefer a bulletin that can be added into an already existing publication or onto a website, please contact Sarah Kelly at firstname.lastname@example.org.