Girl Scouts and Faith
“The motivating force in Girl Scouting is spiritual. The ways in which members identify and fulfill their spiritual beliefs are personal and private.”
- Girl Scout Constitution
Girl Scouts provides many opportunities for girls to grow in their respective religious faith, including religious recognitions that are facilitated at an individual or troop level through a faith community. Each girl is encouraged to develop her own strong values within the context of family, faith, and the Girl Scout Promise and Law.
GSSEM encourages girls to work with their parent and religious leaders to earn their religious rewards if they choose to do so. Girl Scouts recognize that religious instruction is the responsibility of parents and religious leaders.
My Promise, My Faith
My Promise, My Faith is a new award found within the Girls Guide to Girl Scouting. Earning this award helps girls explore how Girl Scouting and their faith offer similar ideas about how to interact with the world around them—and how Girl Scouting can tie into their faith. Girls can earn this pin once a year, every year they are in Girl Scouts. They will just choose a different line of the Law each year and follow the steps to earn their pin! The My Promise, My Faith award can be earned at all Girl Scout levels.
Programs of Religious Activities with Youth (PRAY)
Girl Scouts has a long standing relationship with the organization PRAY, which provides curricula for earning religious awards at all Girl Scout grade levels. Girls earn PRAY awards under the guidance and leadership of their faith community leader and parents. Faith leaders of various denominations have developed the curricula for their individual communities.
While Girl Scout leaders do not administer PRAY programs, some denominations require that leaders receive training for information sharing purposes. For more information about PRAY and training, visit their website at www.praypub.org.