Girl Scouts and Faith
Girl Scouts & Faith
“We, the members of Girl Scouts of the U.S.A., unite by a belief in God…We believe that the motivating force in Girl Scouting is a spiritual one.”
Girls are encouraged to explore their spirituality through the “My Promise, My Faith” Girl Scout recognition, described in The Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting for all levels, see a summary (PDF), and by earning awards sponsored by their own faith community.
Many faith organizations have created religious recognitions to encourage girls to grow stronger in their faith community. The Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. has approved of these programs and allows the recognition to be worn on the official uniform. Each religious organization develops and administers its own program. The Girl Scout Store carries many of the curriculum booklets, or can assist you with ordering them.
More information about religious recognitions can be obtained from Programs of Religious Activities for Youth, or P.R.A.Y. Publishing. P.R.A.Y.'s mission statement is to "foster the Christian growth of children, youth, and families through churches and youth serving agencies." Everything that the P.R.A.Y. national board does is centered on the two parts of this mission statement: collaborations between churches and agencies, and the P.R.A.Y. program.”
For Catholic Girl Scouts, the Diocese of St. Augustine provides support and requires that Girl Scouts connect with a certified Religious Emblems Counselor.
Many Girl Scouts were honored at the 33rd Annual Bishop's Scout Recognition Ceremony on March 3, 2013. More information can be found on the Diocesan website.