Faith Based Programs

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Faith-Based Programs
My Promise, My Faith and
Religious Recognitions
Preamble to the Constitution of the
Girl Scouts of the U.S.A.
 “We, the members of the Girl Scouts of the
United States of America, are united by a
belief in God. …We believe that the
motivating force in Girl Scouting is a spiritual
one.”
To Serve God
 All Girl Scouts promise to serve God.
 Girl Scouting encourages girls to grow
in faith.
Faith-based awards include:

My Promise, My Faith Pins

Religious Recognitions
My Promise, My Faith (MPMF) Pin
 The MPMF Pin:
 Is created by the Girl Scouts of the
U.S.A.
 Is found in the Girl’s Guide to Girl
Scouting.
 May be earned every year.
 Is worn on the front of the uniform
My Promise, My Faith (MPMF) Pin
My Promise, My Faith (MPMF) Pin
 The MPMF Pin:
 Helps girls connect Girl Scouting with
their faith.
My Promise, My Faith (MPMF) Pin
 The MPMF Pin:
 Helps ADULTS make the connection
between Girl Scouting and faith.
My Promise, My Faith (MPMF) Pin
 Requirements may be completed within
a Troop setting.
 Religious institutions may also host
MPMF events.
 MPMF can strengthen the partnership
between the local Girl Scout council and
the faith community.
Make the Connection!
 Congregations need to see the connection
they can have with Girl Scouting
 They are connected through faith based
awards
Requirements
 Activities are
based on the
Girl Scout Law.
 Girls will
examine a line
of the Girl
Scout Law and
consider how it
ties to their
faith.
Requirements
 Step 1: Choose a line of the law and
relate it to a song, prayer, reading or
tradition of your faith
 Steps 2-5: Continue to explore that line
of the law through interviews, reflection,
creativity, and commitment.
Requirements
 Step 2: Girls interview a woman from their
faith about how she tries to apply the line of
the law in her life.
 Step 3: Girls gather three inspirational quotes
by women that fit with the line of the Girl
Scout Law they have chosen.
 Step 4: Girls make something to remind them
of what they’ve learned. (It might be a
drawing, painting, or poster; or even a story or
a skit.)
Requirements
 Step 5: Girls find out if their faith
community offers a recognition program
for Girl Scouts. They talk with friends,
family, or a group in their faith
community about what they’ve learned
about their faith and Girl Scouting. Girls
ask them to help them live the GS Law
and their faith.
New Updated Description
 There are 2 updates to the MPMF
description.
 The current Girl’s Guides to Girl
Scouting do not reflect these updates.
Find out about
Religious
Recognitions
P.R.A.Y.
website
New UPDATED Description
 Requirement #5 is “Keep the
Connection Strong.”
 Girls are instructed to “Find out if your
faith community offers a recognition
program for Girl Scouts.”
 The MPMF pin does not replace
Religious Recognitions: it
complements them.
New UPDATED Description
 As part of the MPMF requirements, leaders
should help girls find out if their faith
community offers a Religious Recognition
 Go to
http://www.praypub.org/partner_gsusa.htm
for information on religious recognitions
offered by different faith communities, and for
resources to make presentations on the
religious recognitions programs.
Resources:
Booklets for Older and Younger Girls
 Include activities to explore
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the GS Law
Help girls complete the first
requirement (to choose one
line of the Law)
Encourage girls to complete
the rest of the requirements
Booklets are not required to
complete MPMF
Are available online
Younger Booklet
Older Booklet
Booklets
 Include activities to explore the Girl Scout
Law
 Booklets are NOT required to complete the
MPMF
 Help girls choose a line of the Girl Scout Law
 Step 1: Choose a line of the law and relate it
to a song, prayer, reading or tradition of your
faith
www.girlscouts.org
 http://girlscouts.org/program/basics/faith/
 http://girlscouts.org/program/basics/for_vol
unteers/where_to_place/
My Promise, My Faith (MPMF) Pin
 In summary, the MPMF pin:
Helps girls make the connection
between their faith and the Girl Scout
Law
 Points to the Religious Recognitions
 Provides new opportunities to partner
with the faith community

My Promise, My Faith (MPMF) Pin
 Questions?
 Your local Girl Scout Council should
have a person designated as the faith
lead, and you can direct questions to
that person.
 [email protected]
Religious Recognitions
Religious Recognitions
 Are created by national religious
organizations.
 Are designed to help girls grow in faith.
 Are taught by parents and religious
leaders.
Religious Recognitions
 Lessons are based on religious beliefs
and tenets
 Earned with others of the same faith
 Requirements differ for each religion
and are available from the national
religious organizations/committees
Religious Recognitions
 Are your “foot in the door” as you
approach congregations
 Before you approach a congregation,
become familiar with their Religious
Recognition program
Religious Recognitions
 Are worn
on the
official Girl
Scout
uniform.
Religious Recognitions
 Are presented to the girls by clergy,
usually in a worship service in the
recipient’s congregation (recipients are
also recognized in a Girl Scout setting,
such as an award ceremony).
How to Get Started on
Religious Recognitions
 Step 1: Girls must obtain the specific
booklet for their religion.
Obtain the specific booklet
for your religion
African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.)
P.R.A.Y.
11123 S. Towne Square, Ste. B
St. Louis, MO 63123; 1-800-933-7729
e-mail: [email protected] / www.praypub.org
Anglican Church in North America
P.R.A.Y.
11123 S. Towne Square, Ste. B
St. Louis, MO 63123; 1-800-933-7729
e-mail: [email protected] / www.praypub.org
www.anglican-scouting.org
Baha’i
Baha’i National Center, Office of Education &
Schools, 1233 Central Street,
Evanston, IL 60201-1611
(847) 733-3492 / e-mail [email protected]
www.bahai.us/community-life/spiritual-education
http://www.praypub.org/partner_gsusa.htm
How to Get Started on
Religious Recognitions
 Step 2: Parents must
review the program
guidelines.
How to Get Started on
Religious Recognitions
 Step 3: Families should
talk to their religious
leaders and show them
the booklet before
beginning any program.
How to Get Started on
Religious Recognitions
 Step 4: Girls need to
complete the
requirements, obtain
the proper signatures,
and follow the
instructions to order
the recognition or pin.
Adult Awards
Adult Recognitions
 By nomination only
 Require a minimum number of years of service
 Require the completed nomination form, resume of
candidate’s activities, and letters of
recommendation from the Girl Scout Council and
the religious institution
 Congregations are encouraged to use these adult
recognitions to support their adult volunteers.
 These recognitions can revitalize volunteers in their
service through Girl Scouting.
Resources
 http://www.praypub.org/partner_gsusa.htm
Faith-Based Programs
 Girls are encouraged to earn both the MPMF
pin and the Religious Recognition for their
specific faith.
 As part of the MPMF requirements, leaders
should help girls find out if their faith
community offers a Religious Recognition.
 Visit the P.R.A.Y. website for resources on
Faith-Based Programs:
www.praypub.org/partner_gsusa.htm

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