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Religious Awards

My Promise My FaithReligious awards are created by national religious organizations/committees to encourage the spiritual growth of their youth members and reinforce many of the values integral to Girl Scouting. While the My Promise, My Faith pin program helps girls connect Girl Scouting with their faith, the religious awards programs help girls grow stronger in and learn more specifically about their faith.

Girl Scout Sunday Bulletin
Girl Scout Sabbath Bulletin

National and Local Organizations that offer Religious Awards

Office of Catholic Scouting Ministry Girls Calendar 2014-2015

Office of Catholic Scouting Ministry Brochure

Each religious organization/committee develops and administers its own program. Girls can wear awards earned through their faith organization on their Girl Scout Uniform. 

If a specific faith organization does not have a national office, volunteers can contact the local representatives. Volunteers should contact religious organizations directly to obtain the curriculum booklets and any further instructions needed.

An additional resource is P.R.A.Y. (Programs of Religious Activities with Youth) Publishing, an independent, not-for-profit agency. The P.R.A.Y. Program (grades 1-12) is designed to be used by members of Protestant and Independent Christian churches. Member organizations of P.R.A.Y. have opted to list this organization as their main contact for awards.

The P.R.A.Y. website includes links to To Serve God, a religious awards brochure, as well as a video that explains the religious awards programs and other resources volunteers can use to collaborate with the faith community.

Religious organizations that have a local office or contact in St. Louis

If you know of a girl or an adult volunteer who’s earned a religious award and should be recognized for her or his achievements, please contact Ashley Todd, Girl Development Manager, at atodd@girlscoutsem.org or 314.592.2358.

Place of Religion in the Girl Scout Program

Girl Scouts position on Religion and Spirituality is stated in the Blue Book of Basic Documents, Policies of the Girl Scouts of the United States of America (2012), 23

The motivating force in Girl Scouting is spiritual. The ways in which members identify and fulfill their spiritual beliefs are personal and private

 

Flexibility in Wording for Spiritual Believes in the Girl Scout Promise

Girl Scouts of the USA makes no attempt to define or interpret the word “God” in the Girl Scout Promise. It looks to the individual members to establish for themselves the nature of their spiritual beliefs. When making the Girl Scout Promise, individuals may substitute wording appropriate to their own spiritual beliefs for the word “God.”

Place of Religion in the Girl Scout Program

Girls are encouraged and helped through the Girl Scout program to become better members of their own religious group, but every Girl Scout group must recognize that religious instruction is the responsibility of the parents and religious leaders.

Respect For Religious Opinions and Practices

Every Girl Scout shall respect the varying religious opinions and practices of its membership in planning and conducting activities.

Troops Sponsored by Religious Groups

When a Girl Scout troop is sponsored by one religious group, members of different faiths or religious affiliations within the troop shall not be required to take part in religious observance of the sponsoring group.

Everything in Girl Scouting is based on the Girl Scout Promise and Law. The Girl Scout Law includes many principles and values common to most faiths. Girl Scouts, a secular organization since the movement began, encourages girls to take spiritual journeys via their faiths' religious awards.

Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri encourages girls to affirm a connection to their faith by participating in the My Promise, My Faith pin program. This program complements existing religious awards and allows all girls to further strengthen the connection between their faith and Girl Scouts. A girl earns the My Promise, My Faith pin by carefully examining the Girl Scout Law and directly tying it to tenets of her faith.

Girls can earn this national pin each year. Requirements for this pin are included in The Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting for all levels.

Steps to earn the My Promise, My Faith pin

Girl Scout Religious Committees

Christian (Protestant) Committee on Girl Scouting

Girl Scout Sunday Worship Celebration

The Christian (Protestant) Committee on Girl Scouting holds a girl-led celebration each March. All Girl Scouts, family and friends are invited. Girl Scouts in attendance receive a Girl Scout Sunday patch. There will be special recognition for P.R.A.Y. (Programs of Religious Activities for Youth) award recipients.

Catholic Committee on Girl Scouts

Presentation Sunday

The Catholic Committee on Girl Scouts holds a service for all girls each March at the Cathedral Basilica. Catholic Girl Scouts from across the region are recognized for their achievement of Catholic religious awards, and last year hundreds of Girl Scouts their families and friends attended this ceremony!

Opportunities for Catholic Girl Scouts

The National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry has announced a new patch program, "Catholic Identity Patch Program". For details and activity sheets go to http://www.catholicscoutingstl.org/awards/catholic-identity-patch-program.

The National Catholic Committee on Scouting Marian Activity and Patch Series honors Mary, the Mother of God. Go to http://www.catholicscoutingstl.org/awards/marian-activity-and-patch-series for information about this program.

I Live My Faith, the official religious recognition program for Roman Catholic girls and boys, grades 4-6 has been updated.

Go to www.catholicscoutingstl.org for additional information and locations.