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. The next Religious Counselor
Emblem Training is February 10, 2019 from 1 - 5 p.m. and a Bible Patch
Program is set for March 10, 2019. Quarterly meetings will be held
beginning October 24, 2018 from 6:30 – 8 p.m.
Archdiocese of New Orleans - Catholic Committee on Girl
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; deadline
for counselor and girl registration for program and December retreat
October 30; mandatory meeting for all counselors attending
Dec. retreat - TBA in November; Overnight retreat at Camp Abbey on
Dec. 8-9 for girls working on I Live My Faith and Mary, the
First Disciple Awards; God is Love Retreat Day, OLDP, on January
26, 2019; Family of God Retreat Day, St. Christopher Parish
Center, Sat mid-Jan; Committee meeting 7 p.m. March 13, OLDP;
book review on Sunday, March 24, 2019 from 1 - 5 p.m., CYO
office. 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, while award
recognition ceremony is Sunday, April 28, 2019 at 3 p.m. at St.