Girl Scouts and faith-based communities share an enduring tradition of Girl Scouting and spiritual expression that spans the organization’s history. Indeed, the entire Girl Scout experience is based on the Girl Scout Promise and Law, which include principles and values common to most faiths.
Girl Scouts is also nonpartisan, secular, and inclusive. Membership, which currently consists of 3 million girls and volunteers as well as more than 59 million alumnae, includes women and girls of varied religious traditions. In remaining secular, the intent is not to minimize a girl’s religious experience; to the contrary, Girl Scouts is a place where girls of all faiths can honor their spirituality while at the same time embracing the diversity of the Girl Scout movement.
“Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay has a long history of partnering with many in the faith-based community to help develop girls of courage, confidence and character,” said Anne T. Hogan, chief executive officer. “As we celebrate our 102nd anniversary, many of our Girl Scouts will join with their congregations to share the history and values of Girl Scouting.”
This year during Girl Scout Week, Girl Scouts of the USA will celebrate its rich history of partnership and collaboration with faith-based communities by highlighting the My Promise, My Faith pin, which complements existing religious recognitions and allows all girls to further strengthen the connection between their faith and Girl Scouts.
Faith-based awards include religious recognitions as well as the My Promise, My Faith pin. In addition, many faith-based communities offer programs, in conjunction with Girl Scouts, that recognize local girl members. Adult volunteers from faith-based organizations partner with girls by connecting the My Promise, My Faith pin to their faith’s own religious recognitions, guiding girls through their personal faith journey and helping them understand their faith intellectually and spiritually.
While the design of the My Promise, My Faith pin seeks to accommodate girls of all faiths, Girl Scouts’ 100-year partnership with the Catholic Church is one powerful example of how Girl Scouts partners meaningfully with faith-based communities.
To learn more about Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay, go to www.GSCB.org or call 1-800-341-4007 or 1-800-374-9811.