Monday, April 8, 2013

Anna Maria Chávez Attends Scouting Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral

Guest Post: A Message from Anna Maria Chávez
A special message from Anna Maria Chávez, CEO, Girl Scouts of the USA

Yesterday, I was extremely honored to take part in a special “Scouting Mass” held in New York City’s historic St. Patrick’s Cathedral.  The Mass, presided over by Cardinal Timothy Dolan himself, honored both Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts who have earned a Catholic Youth Emblem from the Diocese, and included 27 girls from the Girl Scouts of the Heart of the Hudson and Greater New York councils.

As CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA and a practicing Roman Catholic, I was extremely proud to take part in a ceremony that highlighted the spiritual growth and development of these girls, who have looked to their faith for inspiration and guidance and completed projects that channeled that faith to serve others.  It was incredible to stand with the Archbishop, and to present our girls with special honors on behalf of the Catholic Church and the Girl Scout Movement.

A commitment to faith and recognition of its importance in our daily lives is a vital part of the Girl Scout tradition.  The amazing young ladies that were recognized by the Archbishop yesterday have demonstrated a commitment to their faith and to the Girl Scout Law, which calls on every Girl Scout to “serve God and my country” by completing projects that allowed them to grow as Girl Scouts and mature in their faith.

In Girl Scouting, girls of all religions are encouraged to celebrate and live by the tenets of their faith, and to incorporate those values into their Girl Scout journey, as they acquire the courage, confidence and character that help them make their world a better place.