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Girl Scouts and Faith

Everything in Girl Scouting is based on the Girl Scout Promise and Law, which includes many of the principles and values common across religions. So while we are a secular organization, Girl Scouts has always encouraged girls to take spiritual journeys via their faiths' religious recognitions. There are various resources here to assist you and your Girl Scouts in engaging in faith-based activities. 

For questions about Girl Scouts and faith or anything on this page, please send an e-mail

Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont Programs

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My Promise, My Faith Virtual Sessions
GSCP2P is offering council-led, virtual sessions for girls who want to earn their My Promise, My Faith pin. Each year you can earn this pin. Check our online calendar for upcoming sessions.

Girls of Faith 2020 Event Patch

Girls of Faith Event
The Girls of Faith Event is one of GSCP2P's signature events and will be offered on an every-other-year basis. Tentatively, the next Girls of Faith event date will be March 5, 2022.

 

 
Share with our council! Submit this form, so we can celebrate your faith-based program and award accomplishments.

 

Other Faith-Based Program Opportunities

Girl Scouts Celebrate Faith Toolkit (Girl Scout Sunday)
girl scout sunday patch

Girl Scout Week is traditionally celebrated each March, and Girl Scouts Celebrate Faith events give Girl Scouts an opportunity to be recognized at their places of worship during Girl Scout Week, share their legacy of service to others and deepen their connection to their faith and Girl Scouting. Celebration days include Girl Scout Sunday, Girl Scout Jummah, and Girl Scout Sabbath.

Did our unusual times affect your ability to participate in a traditional "Girl Scout Sunday" activity?  Here are a few "out-of-the-box" ideas you can do any time to participate in a Girl Scouts Celebrate Faith activities.

  • Assist or participate with virtual services/programs.
  • Participate in a youth activity for the congregation of your religious organization while sporting your favorite Girl Scout gear.
  • Girls or troops can send thank you notes to religious organizations that sponsor them.
  • Support current service projects in combined efforts with the religious organization. 

Be sure to adhere to all social health guidelines when planning/executing these activities. Have an idea you want to share? E-mail Alberta Swain

Want to tag your Girl Scout Sunday photos so we can share them on social media? Use hashtag #GSSundayP2P.

Resources  
Ideas for Girls to Celebrate Their Faith During Girl Scout Week
Girl Scout Service Ideas
Prayers & Readings for Girl Scout Service- English & Spanish
Congregational Leadership E-mail Template
Girls & Faith Sensitive Issues

Girl Scout Sunday Bulletin and Girl Scout Sunday Bulletin Insert
Girl Scouts Celebrate Faith Flyer-Customizable
Girl Scouts Celebrate Faith PowerPoint Slides
Girl Scouts Celebrate Faith Bulletin Insert Copy

If you are interested in a customized bulletin insert for use throughout the year, please contact info@girlscoutsp2p.org

My Promise, My Faith

My Promise, My Faith
Girls of all grade levels can earn the My Promise, My Faith pin, which complements existing religious recognitions and allows girls to further strengthen the connection between their faith and Girl Scouts. Once each year, a girl can earn the My Promise, My Faith pin by carefully examining the Girl Scout Law and tying it directly to tenets of her faith. Requirements for this pin are included in The Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting handbook for all levels. 

Want to tag girls on social media who have earned their My Promise, My Faith pin? Use hashtag #MPMFP2P.

Click here for the My Promise, My Faith fact sheet

Need to order a My Promise, My Faith pin? Visit your local council shop or shop online

Virtual Resources for My Promise, My Faith

  • Council-Led Programming: Did you know that My Promise, My Faith has gone virtual? GSCP2P is offering virtual sessions to girls who want to earn their pin. Find all virtual programming options on our Virtual Girl Scouts page.
  • Facilitating Your Own My Promise, My Faith Workshop: Would your troop or service unit like to host their own My Promise, My Faith activity? Below are resources to help you with your own virtual event. This program can be customized as your troop sees fit and personalized to a certain audience. If you have any questions or would like additional support materials for your virtual event such as marketing items, participant communications and other support materials, please contact Alberta Swain.

  • My Promise, My Faith PowerPoint Presentation
  • My Promise, My Faith Facilitator Guide
  • My Promise, My Faith Participant Worksheet

Would you like to submit your faith-based program and award accomplishments to our council to be recognized each year? You can find the form here

Religious Recognitions

Created by national religious organizations to encourage the spiritual growth of youth members, religious recognition programs reinforce many of the values integral to Girl Scouting and help girls grow stronger in, and learn more about, their chosen faith.

Each religious organization develops and administers its own program. The brochure "To Serve God" lists the religious recognitions created by various faith groups. You can find this brochure, a video explaining religious recognition programs and other resources for collaborating with faith communities at P.R.A.Y. Publishing.

Some religious organizations are not affiliated with P.R.A.Y. or may not have a national office. To learn about their religious recognitions, contact local leaders.

Would you like to submit your faith-based program and award accomplishments to our council to be recognized each year? You can find the form here

Congratulations to our most recent P.R.A.Y. award recipients:

  • Makenna B., Girl Scout Troop 13211
  • Makenze B., Girl Scout Troop 13211
  • Amelia H., Girl Scout Troop 13041
  • Avery H., Girl Scout Troop 1061
  • Emily H., Girl Scout Troop 1061
  • Aubrey P., Girl Scout Troop 13211
  • Claire S., Girl Scout Troop 13211
  • Olivia S., Girl Scout Troop 13211
  • Miriam T., Girl Scout Troop 13401
P.R.A.Y. Community Partner Program

P.R.A.Y. Program
Girl Scouts of the USA partners with P.R.A.Y. (Programs of Religious Activities with Youth) as a resource for faith-based programs. You can learn more about P.R.A.Y. here

Other religious organizations may not be affiliated with P.R.A.Y. or may not have a national office. To learn about other local religious organizations, contact your local leaders.

P.R.A.Y. Patch Series
Bible Basics RP3 is a patch series from P.R.A.Y. It is designed to help families, Sunday school classes and Scouting groups get into the Bible.  Visit our Badges & Patch Programs webpage for details about registration for this series (January 30, February 27, March 27 and April 24).

Resources
P.R.A.Y. Awards Chart
P.R.A.Y. Awards Brochure
P.R.A.Y. Newsletters
P.R.A.Y. Facebook Page
P.R.A.Y. YouTube Channel

Faith Emblem Virtual Learning Resources & 30-Day Challenge

Are you looking for awards to complete on your own as part of your Girl Scout experience?  In support of Protestant youth, Programs of Religious Activities With Youth (P.R.A.Y.), has developed additional resources for families and youth to aid in completion of religious emblems at home and foster their faith formation during this time of social distancing. Religious emblems meet the requirements for My Promise, My Faith requirements for Girl Scouts of the USA. 

P.R.A.Y. Virtual Library
While we may like the convenience of a church or Girl Scout troop that provides a set schedule and instruction, the P.R.A.Y. awards are perfect to be done at home with the family. During this challenging time, there may be an unexpected opportunity for parents to share their faith with their children and grow in faith together. Reading and discussing Scripture to complete requirements will create natural space for spontaneous dialogue and ways to connect with your children. Make your family’s faith journey a priority! P.R.A.Y. has a new online library of resources for virtual learning for parents, counselors, and clergy.  

The P.R.A.Y. YouTube Channel can assist parents who may wish to serve as counselors and help guide their children to completion of their religious emblem. Each workbook lesson is highlighted, explained in depth with hints and helps for those who might be serving in the counselor role for the first time.

In addition to the video series on YouTube, P.R.A.Y. is also pleased to introduce 30-Day Challenges for every P.R.A.Y. program level. When completed according to the prescribed schedule, with the help from a parent or counselor at home, youth can complete the requirements and share with their family the work toward achievement of their religious emblem. 

P.R.A.Y. Video Series- 30 Day Challenges
The challenges below instruct parents/caregivers on to how to help their girls work toward achieving their specific P.R.A.Y. award

For additional help with these awards, please reach out to P.R.A.Y. at 314-845-3318 or info@praypub.org.

GSUSA Faith-Based Opportunities
GSUSA faith event patch

Girls of Faith: Celebrating Together
March 11, 12 & 14, 2021
Mark your calendar for this multi-day, inter-faith event presented by GSUSA. This unique experience to earn you’re My Promise, My Faith pin is designed for girls to engage with their own faith background and have the opportunity to learn about other religions too! This event includes an interfaith celebration you won’t want to miss! This program is geared toward Girl Scouts in grades 4-12. To register for this program, please click here.

Awesome Girls: Living Our Faith In Uncertain Times
Was recorded on Thursday, June 4, 2020. Click here to search the calendar for the recorded video.

GSUSA and faith partners around the country provided a unique experience for our membership. The program description is below and was open to 6th grade and older girls and their caregivers and/or troop leaders. 

As we live into our new normal, with uncertainties in our lives from COVID-19, how can our faith and values guide and support us, and how can our faith equip us to help others? Join faith leaders from a diversity of faith traditions on a webinar to discuss effective ways to be supported and equipped for service and to learn more about how other faith traditions are responding. The program will also include information on how Girl Scouts and faith intersect and ways to connect your faith to your leadership journey.

Faith-Based Programs Coordinator

Created by the National Interfaith Committee for Girl Scouting, the Faith-Based Programs Coordinator (FBPC) was developed to help better integrate religious recognitions into the Girl Scout program. Religious recognitions help girls connect their Girl Scouting experience with their faith and strengthen the connection between Girl Scouting and faith communities.  You can find more FBPC information here or on the GSUSA website at Girl Scouts and Faith

 

Additional Faith-Based Resources 

New Troops & Meeting Places

Are you starting a new troop and looking for a meeting place? Consider reaching out to your local churches. P.R.A.Y. and its denominational partners have developed resources to help cultivate potential partners on connecting their faith to youth through Girl Scouting. When Girl Scouting is viewed as youth ministry, congregations experience outreach, leadership development and growth. Use the specific or general flyers below to help clergy expand their programs by highlighting “To Serve God."  More denominations will be added as material is approved. For more resources and updates, visit the P.R.A.Y. website

Adult Volunteers & Adult Religious Recognitions

Faith organizations regularly partner with Girl Scout councils to more closely link their religious recognitions with the national My Promise, My Faith pin. Adult volunteers advise girls along their personal faith journey and help them strengthen their own understanding of their faith.

As part of this, adult recognitions are given to adults for outstanding service to youth through both their church and one of the national youth-serving agencies. Adult awards are not earned like youth awards- an outside party must nominate an adult to receive an award by submitting the required applications, letter of recommendation and resume of activities. Self and spouse nominations will not be accepted. Nominations cannot be made posthumously.

To learn more about these awards and the resources for nominating someone, please click here.

What is Faith-Centered Girl Scouting?

The research is clear – a girl’s skills and abilities bloom when she is around other girls, away from school pressures and social cliques. Through Girl Scouts, she takes on new challenges and learns by doing, in an atmosphere of collaboration and goodwill. The Girl Scout Leadership Experience can be especially meaningful when delivered in a faith-centered context.

All Girl Scout programs may be enriched to include religious education, principles of a girl’s individual faith and elements of her faith tradition. Through the efforts of qualified volunteers, including members of the clergy, the Girl Scout Leadership Experience can strongly support a girl’s growth in her faith, at the same time providing her with the opportunity to gain new skills and build self-esteem. 

Sample Activities:

  • Brownie – Earn the Philanthropist badge and learn what your faith tradition teaches about helping others.

  • Junior – Earn the Playing in the Past badge by learning all about prominent women in your faith from another time period.

  • Cadette – Earn the Comic Artist Badge when you create a comic strip illustrating a favorite story from your faith.

  • Senior – Create your own badge based on your faith and interests.

  • Ambassador – Earn the prestigious Girl Scout Gold Award by putting your faith into action and developing a project to positively impact your community.

  • My Promise, My Faith Pin – Carefully examine the Girl Scout Law and compare it to tenets of your own faith. Girl Scouts of all levels may earn this pin.

Submitting Girl & Adult Religious Recognitions to GSCP2P

Congratulations!  We would love to share your hard work with your fellow Girl Scouts! Currently, the only official reporting we receive is from those Girl Scouts who participate and submit their award information to the P.R.A.Y. specific program they earn. We would like to recognize all girls and adults for their faith-based achievements so be sure to complete this form (with photo if possible) if one of the following applies to you:

  • Your Girl Scout has earned a faith-based award through your religious organization.

  • You (as an adult) have been awarded a faith-based award through your religious organization. 

  • Your Girl Scout has earned the My Promise, My Faith pin, and you would like to be considered for marketing initiatives to help elevate faith-based activity opportunities with Girl Scouts. 

Thank you for helping us share these important opportunities with others in our community! Do you know another Girl Scout who has earned a faith-based award? Please share this information with her. 

Questions? E-mail us at info@girlscoutsp2p.org or call 800-672-2148.