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1 Girl Scouts & Religious Awards Program information, promotion and resources

2 Objectives: Explain the relationship between the religious awards and Girl Scouting List three resources that help promote religious awards Explain the difference between youth awards and adult recognitions

3 What are religious awards? Created by the national religious groups for their youth Recognized by GSUSA who allows the recognitions to worn on the uniform Optional programs for girls to complete with the help of their families and religious leaders Religious awards are:

4 Why promote religious awards? Religious awards help girls fulfill their promise To Serve God Religious awards can help strengthen partnerships with faith communities

5 How do girls get started on these programs? 4 simple steps to start your religious awards program

6 1.Girls must obtain the specific booklet for their religion. Check with your council store or contact the religious organization directly. Each girl needs her own booklet to document progress. Some religions offer adult manuals for counselors and mentors.

7 2.Parents should review the program guidelines. Some programs require that girls be official “members” of the religious institution. Age/grade requirements vary from program to program. Each program sets its own guidelines as to who may serve as counselor. Some programs require clergy to serve as counselor; other programs allow parents or other family members to serve as counselors.

8 3.Families should talk to their religious leaders and show them the booklet before beginning any program. Most programs require that they be completed under the auspices of that religious organization. Many programs require the signature from the local religious leader.

9 4.Girls must complete the requirements, obtain the proper signatures, and follow the instructions to order the recognition or pin. These recognitions or pins are not available in your Girl Scout store (follow instructions in your booklet). The award should be presented in a meaningful ceremony, preferably in the girl’s religious institution. The award can be presented at anytime of the year. Girl Scout Sunday/Sabbath in March is a perfect time to recognize recipients.

10 What are adult awards? Adult recognitions are by nomination only. Adult awards usually require a minimum number of years of service.

11 How can you promote religious awards? Promote the religious awards of all faiths. Understand that promoting religious awards means providing information, not religious instruction. Make a presentation at your neighborhood or service unit meeting. Make a presentation to your Girl Scout Troop and parents.

12 Resources To Serve God color brochure Service unit script Troop leader script Please visit for these and other resources.

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