Friday, February 22, 2019

Ways to Celebrate Your Beliefs During Girl Scout Week

There’s no need to preach to the choir, but we’re proud that Girl Scouts is an inclusive space where all girls can feel comfortable expressing themselves and, if they choose, their faith. It’s easy to see why Girl Scouts has a long history of encouraging girls to explore their beliefs—making the world a better place is just what Girl Scouts do, and that value is at the heart of many faiths around the globe.

During Girl Scout Week (March 10-16, 2019)—and on Girl Scout Sunday and Girl Scout Sabbath, in particular—girls can strengthen the connection between their faith and Girl Scouting in thoughtful, meaningful ways. No matter your faith, it’s a time for girls to grow their leadership skills and spiritual beliefs.

There are so many ways to celebrate, but here are just a few ideas to get started.

1) Earn your My Promise, My Faith pin.

From go-getting Daisies to trailblazing Ambassadors, every Girl Scout has the opportunity to earn the My Promise, My Faith pin each year. To do so, girls tie their faith tenets to the Girl Scout Promise and Law (among other reflective activities) and strengthen the connections between the two in the process.

Adult volunteers from faith-based organizations can also partner with girls by connecting the My Promise, My Faith pin to their faith’s own religious recognitions, guiding girls through their personal faith journey and helping them understand their faith intellectually and spiritually.

2) Learn about faiths different from your own.

As part of Girl Scout week, learn about a religion that’s different from your own. The best part? You’ll discover just how much you have in common with Girl Scout sisters of other faiths!

Start by exploring your favorite Girl Scout traditions and ceremonies; which ones mark special occasions in your faith and other faiths? What common values do they share? You can also connect with spiritual leaders at different places of worship in your community and ask them to speak to your troop about their faith and traditions.

3) Make time to give back.

Celebrate a core principle shared by Girl Scouts and many faiths: giving back and contributing to your community so you leave your corner of the world better than you found it. Organize a service project that supports the less fortunate in your community. If you’re leading a Take Action project, consider partnering with your place of worship to increase your reach and maximize your impact. Be a driving force for positive change!

Excited to celebrate all seven days of Girl Scout week? Check out everything else you can do.
And get excited to take the lead and share the connections between Girl Scouting and your faith that are most meaningful to you!