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Girl Scouts and Faith

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
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.

PRAY_Chart_thumbnailEach 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. On catholicSeptember 7, 2014 there is a Religious Emblem Ceremony and Reception at Our Lady of Mercy (OLOM) at 2 p.m.; October 22is a Quarterly Meeting, at OLOM at 6:30 p.m.  October 26 is Their Rosary Program: Joyful Mysteries for Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts from 1:30-3:30 p.m., as well as a Religious Emblems Counselor Training from 1-5. In 2015, a Religious Emblems Counselor Training is being held January 11. On February 22, there will be a Saint’s Program at MBS.

For more information please contact committee secretary Barbara Sicard at 225-769-7781 or chezsic@bellsouth.net or religious emblems chairman Patricia Mathurin at 225-931-1498 or visit their website at www.info. ccosbr.net

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.

Click here for the 2014-2015 annual memo for Catholic Girl Scouts in the Archdiocese of New Orleans (dated June 2014).

Important 2014-2015 dates provided by the committee are: General Meeting on September 18 at CYO office; Fall Informational Meeting and Counselor Training on October 4, 2014, which is mandatory for all adult counselors; a retreat at Camp Abbey for Juniors and Cadettes on November 14-16; a pilgrimage on December 6; a Court of Honor Book/Award review on March 22, 2015; a spring pre-ceremony meeting which is mandatory for all adult counselors on April 13, 2015; and an Awards Recognition Ceremony on April 19, 2015 at the St. Louis Cathedral.

Interested adults should confirm attendance by emailing girlscouts@arch-no.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.)

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