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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.
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.
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.
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 five 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. Quarterly meetings will be held October 28, 2015; January 20, 2016; April 20, 2016; July 20, 2016; at Our Lady of Mercy (OLOM) office conference room at 6:30 p.m. On October 18, 2015 and February 14, 2016 there will be Emblem Counselor Training from 1 – 5 p.m. On October 18, 2015 there will also be a Rosary Patch Program (Sorrowful Mysteries) from 1- 3 p.m. On April 17, 2016 there will be a Bible Patch Program from 2 – 3 p.m. and the Awards Ceremony with mass is set for August 28, 2016 (church 1-3 p.m., reception 3-4 p.m.)
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.
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 2016 dates provided by the committee are: a fall Informational and counselor training meeting (mandatory for all adult counselors – includes optional Safe Environment training) on October 10, 2015; a retreat for Girl Scout Juniors and Cadettes on November 13-15, 2015 at Camp Abbey; a pilgrimage to a local Catholic shrine on December 5, 2015; a Court of Honor Book/Award review on March 20, 2016; a spring pre-ceremony meeting which is mandatory for all adult counselors on April 4, 2016; and an Awards Recognition Ceremony on April 17, 2016 at St. Louis Cathedral.
Interested adults should confirm attendance by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling Cecilia Matherne in the CYO/Youth & Young Adult Ministry office at 504-227-3221. Questions may be directed to John Smestad, Jr., CYO Director, at 504-227-3223 (direct line.)