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.