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Girl Scouts Louisiana East celebrates Faith during Girl Scout Week

GSBulletinInsert_Page_1Girl Scouts from around the country will mark the 102nd anniversary of our organization’s founding during Girl Scout Week, celebrated this year on March 9-15. The week begins and ends with the observation of two important days, Girl Scout Sunday (March 9) and the Girl Scout Sabbath (March 15), in which Girl Scouts are encouraged to participate in the service at their church or house of worship.

Everything in Girl Scouting is based on the Girl Scout Promise and Law, which include many of the principles and values common in most faiths. The motivating force in Girl Scouting is spiritual, and we encourage and support every girl to grow in her religion, as we work to foster an environment that celebrates a girl’s spirituality, even as we champion inclusion and mutual respect for all religious beliefs.

At Girl Scouts Louisiana East, we are committed to strengthening our relationship with faith communities, and encourage girls to explore spirituality via their own faiths. By carefully examining the Girl Scout Law and directly tying it to tenets of her faith, a girl can earn the My Promise My Faith pin each year she participates in Girl Scouting.

Girl Scouts are encouraged to become stronger members of their religious denomination, with every Girl Scout troop recognizing that religious instruction is the responsibility of parents and religious leaders.

There are over 50 faiths/denominations that have developed religious recognition programs for Girl Scouts, which are administered by the religious groups themselves, and may be earned by girls with the guidance of their parent, leader, and pastor, priest, rabbi or other spiritual leader.

We’d like to take this opportunity to thank the churches who provide our troops with a meeting location. We can’t thank you enough for allowing the girls and adult volunteers use of your facility. If your church or synagogue does not presently host a Girl Scout troop and would like to, please call the council office in New Orleans at 504-733-8220 or Baton Rouge at 225-927-8946. Tell the operator the location of your place of worship and she will connect you with someone who will be delighted to work with you.

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