The Girl Scout Law includes many of the principles and values common to most faiths. Thus, while a secular organization, Girl Scouts has, since the movement began, encouraged girls to take spiritual journeys via their faiths’ religious recognitions. Developed by the Girl Scouts of the USA, the My Promise, My Faith Pin offers an opportunity for girls to strengthen their faith journey as they develop their leadership skills. Girl Scouts may also earn PRAY awards or awards offered by the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministries.
My Promise, My Faith Pin
Girls may earn a My Promise, My Faith Pin every year and may earn the religious award of her faith at the same time. To earn the pin, a girl chooses a line of the Girl Scout Law and discovers how that part of the law relates to the tenets of her faith. Each year the girl can select a different line of the law. She may repeat a portion of the law at a different program level as long as she does different activities or reflects a different level of understanding of how that part of the law is also part of her faith. Requirements for this pin are included in The Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting for all levels. Here are some examples of how earning these awards might look at different levels:
• A Brownie Girl Scout might select “courageous and strong” and connect it to her faith by finding a story, song or poem from her religion that relates to that part of the Law; finding out how a woman in her faith or another faith tries to live this part of the Law; finding inspirational quotes that fit this part of the Law from three women; make something to remind her about what she has learned, such as a drawing, painting or poster; or talk with family and friends and ask them to help her live by the Law and her faith.
• A Junior Girl Scout would do the same steps, but her reminder might be a story or skit she writes and her commitment might be made by performing her skit or making a written commitment to herself.
• A Senior Girl Scout might take a deeper look at her faith and the Law, looking at prayers, hymns and rituals and would reflect more deeply about her commitment to live by her faith and the Law.
Religious Recognitions and PRAY Awards
Religious recognitions are created by national religious organizations/committees to encourage the spiritual growth of their youth members and reinforce many of the values integral to Girl Scouting. While My Promise, My Faith helps girls connect Girl Scouting with their faith, the religious recognitions programs help girls grow stronger in and learn more specifically about their faith. Religious instruction comes from parents and clergy. Each religious organization/committee develops and administers its own program. To read additional information on PRAY Awards, click here.
National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministries
The Catholic religious recognition programs administered by the National Catholic Committee for Girl Scouts and Camp Fire (NCCGSCF), under the auspices of the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM), allow young people to explore and become more involved in their Catholic faith. All programs are designed to support and complement the catechetical efforts of Catholic parishes and schools. The NFCYM also offers awards for adults. For complete details, click here.