The Girl Scout Law includes many of the principles and values common to most faiths. And even though Girl Scouts is a secular organization, Girl Scouts encourages girls to explore spirituality via their own faiths. Girls of all grade levels can now earn the My Promise, My Faith pin. By carefully examining the Girl Scout Law and directly tying it to tenets of her faith, a girl can earn the pin once each year in which she participates in Girl Scouting. Requirements for this pin can be found in The Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting.
Girl Scout Sunday and Girl Scout Sabbath
Girl Scouts is committed to strengthening its relationship with faith communities. Girl Scout Week, held each year around the March 12th Girl Scout birthday, begins with Girl Scout Sunday and ends with the Girl Scout Sabbath, during which Girl Scouts are encouraged to participate in the service at their church or house of worship.
Religious Recognitions Religious recognitions are created by national religious organizations/committees to encourage the spiritual growth of their youth members and reinforce many of the values integral to Girl Scouting. While My Promise, My Faith helps girls connect Girl Scouting with their faith, the religious recognitions programs help girls grow stronger in and learn more specifically about their faith.
Each religious organization/committee develops and administers its own program. The To Serve God religious recognitions brochure shows the religious recognitions that have been created by various faith groups. You can find this brochure, a video that explains the religious recognitions programs, and other resources for collaborating with the faith community at P.R.A.Y. Publishing: http://www.praypub.org/partner_gsusa.htm.
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 their local leaders.
Catholic Girl Scouts
Baton Rouge Diocesan - Catholic Committee on Scouting The Baton Rouge Diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting (info.ccosbr.net) is a committee affiliated with the Diocese of Baton Rouge serving both Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts. Dedicated to promoting service to God at each level of Girl Scouting, it is affiliated with the National Catholic Committee on Girl Scouts and Camp Fire (www.nccgscf.org) and the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry (www.nfcym.org). There are six different awards a Catholic Girl Scout can earn throughout her years in Girl Scouts.
Each year the Diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting holds several events to promote Catholic Scouting. Dates may change so please call to verify dates. All activities are at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church in Baton Rouge. The annual awards ceremony is set for Sunday, August 25, 2019 from 1 – 4 p.m. Religious Counselor Emblem Trainings are September 16, 2018 or February 10, 2019 from 1 - 5 p.m. A Rosary Program for Girl Scouts in 2nd – 5th grade is September 16, 2018 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. and a Bible Patch Program is set for March 10, 2019. Quarterly meetings will be helld beginning October 24, 2018 from 6:30 – 8 p.m.
Archdiocese of New Orleans - Catholic Committee on Girl Scouting
The committee is under the direction of the CYO/Youth & Young Adult Ministry Office of the archdiocese. Its main purpose and function is to oversee the Catholic religious recognition program for Girl Scouts in the Archdiocese of New Orleans.
Important 2018-2019 dates include: an informational meeting and counselor training on Saturday, October 6, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., CYO office or OLDP, Metairie; book review on Sunday, March 24, 2019 from 1 - 5 p.m., CYO office or OLDP, Metairie. Girls are scheduled for a 15-minute appointment with a committee member; Daisies are exempt, Brownies meet as a troop and Juniors - Ambassadors have individual interviews. Pre-ceremony meeting is Wednesday, April 10, 2019, at 7 p.m. CYO office or OLDP, Metairie, while award recognition ceremony is Sunday, April 28, 2019 at 3 p.m. at St. Louis Cathedral.
Other activities still being planned include: God is Love Award activity day, Family of God Award activity day and a weekend retreat for I Live My Faith Award and Mary, the First Disciple Award.