Girl Scouting is a secular, values-based organization founded on democratic principles, including the freedom of religion. Girl Scouting encourages girls to become better members of their faith communities and offers the My Faith, My Promise awards as an opportunity 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 Awards
Girls may earn a My Faith, My Promise award every year and may earn the religious award of her faith at the same time. To earn the award, a girl chooses a line of the Girl Scout Law and discovers how that part of the law is valued by her personal faith. Each year the girl should 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 how that part of the law is also part of her faith. She does not have to earn an award every year and can begin to earn the awards at any level. 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.
For more information and complete requirements check out My Promise, My Faith in The Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting.
The Programs of Religious Activities with Youth offers religious recognitions created by the national faith groups for their members to grow stronger in faith. Religious instruction comes from parents and clergy. Each religious organization/committee develops and administers its own program.
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.