The motivating force in Girl Scouting is spiritual. The ways in which members identify and fulfill their spiritual beliefs are personal and private.
- Constitution of Girl Scouts of the United States of America
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 parents 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 an award found within each Girl's 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're in Girl Scouts. They'll 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. Search "My Promise" on our Forms page for requirements.
GSSEM also holds a "My Promise, My Faith Day" every June. Please visit our event list and search for "My Promise" for more details.
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 leaders and parents. Faith leaders of various denominations have developed the curricula for their individual communities.
While Girl Scout leaders don't 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 praypub.org.
For assistance with any of our Faith-Based Programs, please contact GSSEM's Religious Relationships Committee.
Girl Scout Sunday/Girl Scout Sabbath
Girl Scout Week is celebrated each March, beginning with Girl Scout Sunday and ending with Girl Scout Sabbath on Saturday—and it always includes the Girl Scouts' birthday on March 12.
Girl Scout Sunday and Girl Scout Sabbath 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 of Girl Scouts and Girl Guides around the world.