Although Girl Scouts of the USA is a secular organization, and realizes that religious instruction is the responsibility of parents and religious leaders, girls are encouraged and helped through the Girl Scout program to become better members of their own religious group. Every Girl Scout group is expected to respect the varying religious opinions and practices of all its members when they plan and conduct activities. This might include meeting places, dates of activities, holiday observances, blessings or graces and group menus.
"On my honor, I will try,
To serve God and my country...”
- The Girl Scout Promise
“We, the members of Girl Scouts of the United States of America, united by a belief in God, hold that the Girl Scout Promise and Law is the cornerstone of the Movement…The motivating force in Girl Scouting is spiritual. The ways in which members identify and fulfill their spiritual beliefs are private.”
- Preamble to the Constitution of the Girl Scouts of the USA
My Promise, My Faith is Girl Scouting’s own national faith recognition.
Prior to its development, faith organizations, council staff, and volunteers were consulted as to the interest and viability of a faith pin and we received an overwhelmingly positive response from all. The faith organizations provided valuable guidance that ensures girls of all faiths can earn the pin and view it as a significant award that complements the current religious recognitions PRAY offers. Girls can earn this award each year.
A Girl Scout may also choose to participate in the religious recognitions program of her faith community and wear that recognition proudly on her uniform. National religious organizations (below), have created religious recognitions that encourage girls to grow stronger in their faith. Girl Scouts of the USA has approved these programs and allows the recognition insignia to be worn on the uniform sash or vest, but each religious organization develops and administers its own program. See the list of religious organizations below for more information.
Girl Scout Adults do not earn religious awards, but may be nominated for an award by their faith community in recognition of outstanding work as a religious educator over a long period of time.