My Faith, My Promise Pin
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 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 (www.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. The annual awards ceremony is set for August 27, 2017 (church 2-3 p.m., reception 3-4 p.m.) A Bible Patch Program is September 10, 2017 from 1:30- 3:30 p.m. Emblem Counselor Training is September 17, 2017 from 1 - 5 p.m. Quarterly meetings will be held beginning October 10, 2017 at Our Lady of Mercy (OLOM) office conference room from 6:30 – 8 p.m. A letter of invitation is here.
For more information please contact committee secretary Barbara Sicard at 225-769-7781 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their website at www.info.ccosbr.net
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. Click here for September 2016 letter with important dates.
Important 2017-2018 dates provided by the committee are: a fall informational and counselor training meeting (mandatory for all adult counselors – includes optional Safe Environment training) on Saturday, September 30, 2017, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the CYO office, 2241 Mendez Dr., New Orleans; a Court of Honor Book/Award review on Sunday, March 4, 2018, 1 – 5 p.m. at CYO office; and Awards Recognition Ceremony on Sunday, April 8, 2018 at 3 p.m. at St. Louis Cathedral. Other activities still being planned include: a retreat for Girl Scout Juniors and Cadettes one weekend at Camp Abbey; a pilgrimage to a local Catholic shrine; a spring pre-ceremony meeting which is mandatory for all adult counselors in mid-March, exact dates to be decided.
Interested adults may email email@example.com or call Cecilia Matherne in the CYO/Youth & Young Adult Ministry office at 504-836-0551, for more information. Questions may be also directed to Joey Pistorius, CYO Director.
In April 2014 Archbishop Aymond of the Archdiocese of New Orleans sent a memo to parish pastors, principals, respect life coordinators, reaffirming the Archdiocese support of Girl Scouting, but agreeing with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ concern and recommendation about WAGGGS.
In December 2013 Girl Scouts Louisiana East created a Girl Scout Truths flyer to clarify the five most common misconceptions about Girl Scouts currently being shared on the Internet.