March 12 commemorates the day in 1912 when Juliette Gordon Low officially registered the first 18 girl members of Girl Scouts in the USA in Savannah, Georgia. There are many ways to celebrate the Girl Scout birthday. You can try one of the activities that follow or create a birthday bash of your own. Whatever you do ... make sure to have a Happy Girl Scout Birthday!
Create a "Birthday Party in a Bag" and present it to a local shelter
Contact the Activity Director at a local senior citizen home and offer to plan and put on the March birthday party
Plant a tree or beautify an area in honor of Girl Scout Birthday Week
Plan a Girl Scout birthday party and invite non-Girl Scouts to participate
Earn the Girl Scout Ways badge or the Promise Center of the Daisy petals
Create a Girl Scout Scrapbook for your troop/group, and tell the story of how your troop began and what you've done together
Participate in a Girl Scouts Forever Green project
Girl Scout Week
Celebrated each March, Girl Scout Week is the week that includes the Girl Scout Birthday of March 12. The week starts with Girl Scout Sunday and ends with Girl Scout Sabbath on Saturday.
These days give girls an opportunity to attend their place of worship and be recognized as a Girl Scout. If a place of worship is the group sponsor, girls may perform a service, such as greeting, ushering, or doing a flag ceremony. These days can also be a time when girls explore other faiths.
Girl Scouting and the Religious Community Working Together
Historically, Girl Scouting has been committed to diversity, religious and otherwise, and a rich tapestry of religious beliefs is reflected in the Girl Scout membership. While we believe spirituality is a motivating force, the organization is founded on American democratic principles, one of which is the freedom of religion. Girl Scouts is an inclusive organization and welcomes girls of all religious beliefs and backgrounds.
Many faith based groups have developed religious award activities that encourage Girl Scouts to become stronger members of their faith.
The values expressed in the Girl Scout Promise and Law are universal -- for example, honesty, fairness, sisterhood, and making the world a better place. In working with her faith group, a Girl Scout reinforces her commitment to her faith. At the same time, religious groups strengthen their connection to girls, their families, and youth in their communities.
My Promise, My Faith Awards
Girls in all levels can earn Girl Scouts of the USA's My Promise, My Faith pin each year that
they are in Girl Scouting. This award allows girls to strengthen the relationship between their Girl Scouting and faith journeys.
To see an overview of the My Promise, My Faith awards, click here for the English version, and click here for the Spanish version. The requirements for earning these pins are included in the Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting for all levels.
To Serve God Religious Recognitions
Over 25 faith communities have created religious award programs to help girls connect Girl Scouting with their faith.
Each religious organization/committee develops and administers its own program.
GSUSA recognizes these programs and allows the recognition to be worn on the official uniform.
Religious awards are optional programs for girls to complete with the help of their families and religious leaders.
Download the To Serve God Religious Awards Brochure that explains the what, who, how, and why of the religious awards.
Girl Scout Sunday/Girl Scout Sabbath
Celebrated in March each year, Girl Scout Sunday and Girl Scout Sabbath give girls an opportunity to attend their place of worship and be recognized as a Girl Scout. Girls may perform a service, such as greeting, ushering, or doing a flag ceremony. These days are also a time when girls can explore other faiths and can attend a new place of worship.
Girl Scout week is celebrated in March, begins on Girl Scout Sunday and ending on Girl Scout Sabbath on Saturday, and always includes the Girl Scout Birthday, March 12.
Girls build their own leadership experience in Girl Scouting by selecting topics and interests that inspire and intrigue them. Here you'll find information on a range of opportunities for special interests. Happy exploring!
Council Patch Programs -- Patch programs provide the opportunity to explore topics beyond those in the handbooks and other GSUSA resources.
Find Your Faith -- Historically, Girl Scouting has been committed to diversity, religious and otherwise, and a rich tapestry of religious beliefs is reflected in the Girl Scout membership.
Girl Scout Birthday -- There are many ways to celebrate the Girl Scout birthday!
Thinking Day/World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts -- A day when all Girl Scouts think of their sister Girl Scouts and Girl Guides all over the world and remember that they are part of an international movement.
Additional Program Ops -- These are ongoing (not dated) program opportunities offered by collaborative organizations.
The Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting is a colorful, easy-to-use binder for girls at each program level. It's includes the handbook and badges, plus a "My Girl Scouts" section for girls to find fun activities and ways to customize their Girl Scout experience.
The book has three main sections:
- Girl Scout Handbook to introduce girls to traditions, stories, and uniforms, as well as awards they are eligible to earn at their level
- Girl Scout Badges that lists requirements for earning Legacy, Cookie Program, and Financial Literacy badges, with room for girls to insert additional skill-building badge requirements according to their interests
- My Girl Scouts with fun resources for bringing their Girl Scout experience to life, and where girls can insert their own records of their Girl Scout experience
|Click here to download tips for using the Girl's Guides with Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors.||Click to download tips for using the Girls' Guides with Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors.|