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Girl Scouts + Religion

While it’s fun to celebrate all things Girl Scouts year-round, the week of March 8-14 this year was even more special as Girl Scouts around the country celebrated Girl Scout Week.

Girl Scouts across the world wrapped up the celebration of Girl Scout Week, including the 108th birthday of Girl Scouts on March 12, the day Juliette Gordon Low officially registered the organization’s first 18 girls in Savannah, Georgia.

Girl Scout Week, celebrated each March, starts with Girl Scout Sunday and ends with Girl Scout Jummah and Girl Scout Sabbath. Girl Scouts are encouraged to wear their uniforms to their places of worship in celebration.

Girl Scouting is based on the Girl Scout Promise and Law, which include similar principles and values found common across religions. While Girl Scouts stands as a secular organization, the program has always encouraged girls to take spiritual journeys via their faiths’ religious recognitions.

The most common way Girl Scouts combine their faith and Girl Scouting today is by earning the “My Promise, My Faith” pin to wear on their uniform. To earn the pin, girls must examine the Girl Scout law and tie it directly to their faith’s principles. They must discuss with others, connect with women in their faith community, and create something to reflect what they’ve learned. Doing so empowers girls to strengthen the connection between their faith and Girl Scouts.

Many religious organizations encourage the spiritual growth of young girls through religious recognitions offered to Girl Scouts as well. These organizations develop and administer their own programming but collaborate well with Girl Scout programming, offering additional pins for girls to wear on their uniforms.

Part of growing into a courageous, confident, and well-rounded future leader involves growth and development across all aspects of a Girl Scout’s life. Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa is proud to support girls as they explore and further their faith, should they choose to do so.

You can support girls as they earn their “My Promise, My Faith” pin and other badges by donating today.