Girl Scouts and Faith
Celebrating Spirituality and Faith
Everything in Girl Scouting is based on the Girl Scout Promise and Law, which includes many of the principles and values common across religions. So while we are a secular organization, Girl Scouts has always encouraged girls to take spiritual journeys via their faiths' religious recognitions.
Girls of all grade levels can earn the My Promise, My Faith pin, which complements existing religious recognitions and allows girls to further strengthen the connection between their faith and Girl Scouts. Once each year, a girl can earn the My Promise, My Faith pin by carefully examining the Girl Scout Law and tying it directly to tenets of her faith. Requirements for this pin are included in The Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting for all levels.
Created by national religious organizations to encourage the spiritual growth of youth members, religious recognition programs reinforce many of the values integral to Girl Scouting and help girls grow stronger in and learn more about their chosen faith.
Each religious organization develops and administers its own program. The brochure "To Serve God" (PDF) lists the religious recognitions created by various faith groups. You can find this brochure, a video explaining religious recognition programs, and other resources for collaborating with faith communities at P.R.A.Y. Publishing.
Some religious organizations are not affiliated with P.R.A.Y. or may not have a national office. To learn about their religious recognitions, contact local leaders.
GSKWR & The Catholic Church Relationship
Girl Scouts of the USA is proud of its 100-year relationship with the Catholic Church and is pleased that the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has on its website the following resources: Questions and Answers About Girl Scouts of the USA and About Catholic Scouting; Background on Girl Scouts of the USA and USCCB Conversations.
Girl Scout Birthday & Girl Scout Week
Girl Scout Birthday
Girl Scouting was founded on March 12, 1912 by Juliette Gordon Low in Savannah, GA. Juliette gathered 18 girls from her cousin’s school and broke the conventions of the time—reaching across class, cultural, and ethnic boundaries to ensure all girls, including those with so-called disabilities, had a place to grow and develop their leadership skills.
- Celebrate Girl Scout birthday by collecting and assembling birthday bags for shelters, hospitals, senior living facilities, foster agencies, etc. Remember to always contact an organization to verify that they will be able to accept the donation.
Girl Scouts Celebrate Faith
Girl Scouts Celebrate Faith gives girls an opportunity to attend
their place of worship and be recognized as a Girl Scout. Girls and
volunteers may perform a service, such as greeting, ushering, or doing
a flag ceremony. These days can also be a time when girls explore
Girl Scouts Celebrate Faith can be celebrated with any faith partner, on a day that works best for the faith partner and you. In general, the Christian holy day is Sunday, the Muslim Jummah holy day is Friday, and the Jewish Sabbath (Shabbat) holy day extends from sunset on Friday to sunset on Saturday. 2021 celebration dates include:
- Girl Scout Sunday—Sunday, March 7, 2021
- Girl Scout Jummah—Friday, March 12, 2021
- Girl Scout Sabbath/Shabbat—Friday/Saturday, March 12–13, 2021
Girl Scouts Celebrate Faith Toolkit
This toolkit includes resources for councils to plan, promote, and host an event and to share with troop leaders to host their own event, especially leaders of faith-based troops. The toolkit includes virtual and in-person options.
Help share Girl Scouting through your faith with resources for Christian, Muslim, and Jewish Girl Scouts.