Girl Scouts has always provided many opportunities for girls to grow in their respective religious faiths, including religious recognitions that are facilitated at individual or troop levels through faith communities. Each girl is encouraged to develop her own strong values within the context of family, faith, and the Girl Scout Promise and Law.
The recently released My Promise, My Faith pin is an award found within each grade level’s edition of Girl’s 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 faiths.
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.”
Girl Scouts of West Central Florida encourages girls to work with their parents and religious leaders to earn their religious awards, if they choose to do so. Girl Scouts recognizes 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 faith journeys through exploration of the Girls Scout Law and teachings from their faiths.
Girls can earn this national pin each year.
Steps to earn the pin:
Adult volunteers from faith organizations partner with girls by:
Select a grade level below to preview the corresponding 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 Girl Scouts of the USA. 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 faiths. Girl Scouts of the USA 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 the religious organization directly to obtain the curriculum booklets.