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Religious Awards

Celebrating Spirituality and Faith
Everything in Girl Scouting is based on the Girl Scout Promise and Law, which includes many of the principles and values common across religions. So while we are a secular organization, Girl Scouts has always encouraged girls to take spiritual journeys via their faiths' religious recognitions.

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Faith Emblem Instruction at Home

Are you looking for awards to complete on your as part of your Girl Scouting experience?  In support of Protestant youth, Programs of Religious Activities With Youth (P.R.A.Y.), have developed additional resources for families and youth to aid in completion of religious emblems at home and foster their faith formation during this time of social distancing. Religious emblems meet the requirements for My Promise My Faith requirements for Girl Scouts of the USA. 

Girl Scouts of the USA and Faith
While we may like the convenience of a church or Girl Scout troop that provides a set schedule and instruction, the P.R.A.Y. awards are perfect to be done at home with the family. During this challenging time, there may be an unexpected opportunity for parents to share their faith with their children and grow in faith together. Reading and discussing Scripture to complete requirements will create natural space for spontaneous dialogue and ways to connect with your children. Make your family’s faith journey a priority! P.R.A.Y. has a new online library of new resources for virtual learning for parents, counselors, and clergy.  Visit the link below to find what you need.

P.R.A.Y. Virtual Learning Resources
P.R.A.Y. has released a series of videos on the P.R.A.Y. YouTube Channel to assist parents who may wish to serve as counselors and help guide their children to completion of their religious emblem. Each workbook lesson is highlighted, explained in depth with hints and helps for those who might be serving in the counselor role for the first time.

In addition to the video series on YouTube, we are pleased to introduce 30-Day Challenges for every P.R.A.Y. Program level. When completed according to the prescribed schedule, with the help from a parent or counselor at home, youth can complete the requirements and share with their family the work toward achievement of their religious emblem. Visit each program's challenge below.

For additional help reach out to P.R.A.Y. at 314-845-3318 or info@praypub.org.

Faith-Based Promotion and Program Opportunities

P.R.A.Y. continues to connect with local council leadership through webinars and conference calls.  These are informative sessions about membership growth, developing interfaith relationships, and using available data to support your strategic work. In 2020, work has begun with several Councils like yours to plot membership strategy and supplemental staff engagement. Please let P.R.A.Y. know if there is an opportunity to support your work.

Do you have staff assigned to work with faith-based institutions? We’d love to hear from you about how you are doing that work and talk about how P.R.A.Y. may contribute to your success. For more information contact Jason Noland, 314-845-3318 or jasonn@praypub.org.

Faith-Based Programs Coordinator

Created by the National Interfaith Committee for Girl Scouting, the Faith-Based Programs coordinator was developed to help better integrate Religious Recognitions into the Girl Scout program. Religious Recognitions help girls connect their Girl Scouting experience with their faith and strengthen the connection between Girl Scouting and faith communities.  You can find more FBPC information here or  at the National GSUSA website on Girl Scouts and Faith.

Are you starting new troops this fall and looking for meeting places?

Consider reaching out to your local Protestant Churches. P.R.A.Y. and its denominational partners have developed resources to help cultivate potential partners on connecting their faith to youth through Girl Scouting.  When Girl Scouting is viewed as youth ministry, congregations experience outreach, leadership development, and growth. Use the specific or general Protestant flyers below to help clergy expand their programs by highlighting “To Serve God."  More denominations will be added as material is approved.

For more resources and updates, visit our website https://www.praypub.org/gsusa

My Promise, My Faith

Girls of all grade levels can now earn the My Promise, My Faith pin, which complements existing religious recognitions and allows girls to further strengthen the connection between their faith and Girl Scouts. Once each year, a girl can earn the My Promise, My Faith pin by carefully examining the Girl Scout Law and tying it directly to tenets of her faith. Requirements for this pin are included in The Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting for all levels. 

My Promise, My Faith Fact Sheet (PDF)

Religious Recognitions

Created by national religious organizations to encourage the spiritual growth of youth members, religious recognition programs reinforce many of the values integral to Girl Scouting and help girls grow stronger in and learn more about their chosen faith.

Each religious organization develops and administers its own program. The brochure "To Serve God" (PDF) lists the religious recognitions created by various faith groups. You can find this brochure, a video explaining religious recognition programs, and other resources for collaborating with faith communities at P.R.A.Y. Publishing.

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 local leaders.

Adult Volunteers

Faith organizations regularly partner with Girl Scout councils to more closely link their religious recognitions with the national My Promise, My Faith pin. Adult volunteers advise girls along their personal faith journey and help them strengthen their own understanding of their faith.