Friday, October 14, 2016

Linking Girl Scouts and their Faiths


On my honor, I will try to serve God and my country…

The foundation of Girl Scouting is the Girl Scout Promise and Law – which links to and reinforces many of the principles and values common to most faiths. While Girl Scouts is a secular organization, it encourages girls to grow stronger in their own spiritual beliefs while respecting the beliefs of others. Today there are a number of awards girls may earn that help them to do this.

GSUSA My Promise, My Faith pin (Girl Scouts and Faith): Girl Scouts of all grade levels can earn this pin once each year (individually or with their Troop). It complements faith-specific recognitions (see below) and encourages girls to further strengthen the connection between their faith and Girl Scouting. Find requirements in The Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting for all levels, or online (see GSUSA link below).

Faith-specific religious recognitions are created/offered by national faith-based committees, and have been approved by GSUSA for wearing on the front of the Girl Scout uniform.


Helpful Links/Resources


  • P.R.A.Y.: view a brochure with information about the awards for all faiths (with contact information), a video that explains the religious recognitions programs, and resources for collaborating with the faith community. You’ll also find information about additional patches the girls may receive.

  • The Catholic Committee on Girl Scouting: At present this is the only organized Faith Committee in Nassau County. Visit their website for information about awards, publications and a variety of special events specific for girls of the Catholic faith: www.gsdrvc.org. Members of the committee will also help non-Catholic girls/families get started on the appropriate awards for their faiths.


Help Wanted!

If you would like to become a local contact for/representative of one of the many faiths represented in Nassau County, please contact Joyce Wagner at 516.741.2550 ext. 225 or wagnerj@gsnc.org.

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