Fill Your Troop’s Spirit with Reflection and Gratitude on Girl Scout Sunday/Sabbath

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Girl Scout Sunday and Girl Scout Sabbath gives troops the opportunity to share in a time honored Girl Scout tradition as well as say “thank you” to local faith partners for their support and partnerships. No matter how Girl Scouts express their spiritual and religious preferences, the Preamble of the Constitution of the Girl Scouts of USA states that “we believe that the motivating force in Girl Scouting is a spiritual one.”

Girl Scout Sunday is the first Sunday before March 12 and Girl Scout Sabbath is the preceding Saturday of March 12, which revolves around the birthday of Girl Scouting on March 12. If this time conflicts with a special celebration at the church or if they prefer a different day, it is absolutely fine to go with a time that works best for everyone!

There is not a formalized interfaith service structure, but here are a few great tips to share with your faith partner!

Procession

This can be arranged in many ways. Troops can proceed with flags or can simply follow the standard procession.

Pledge of Allegiance and the Girl Scout Promise

A brief welcome and introduction may be made by the clergy or an appropriate delegate. Girls stand and recite the Girl Scout Promise. Here is an example of a welcome/introduction:

Today is Girl Scout Sunday/Sabbath which is observed during Girl Scout Week, an event recognizing the founding of the Girl Scouts on March 12th, 1912.

We would like to honor and thank the Girl Scouts in our congregation for their courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place.

Thank you to all the adult volunteers who give of their time and talents to our Girl Scout troops. And a special thank you to house of worship leader and the congregation at name of house of worship for their leadership and financial support of our Girl Scout troops.

(If you have the time, then please give thanks by troop(s) #s and age-level and the name of the troop leaders and/or have the Girl Scouts in your house of worship stand to be recognized.)

These girls represent the leaders of tomorrow.  They are the Girl Scouts of today – an organization that has adapted over its 100 years to meet the changing needs of girls, but one thing remains the same today as it did when Girl Scouts was founded: support for girls to grow strong in faith, and a belief that the motivating force in Girl Scouting is a spiritual one.

Joined by the girls, you can recite the Girl Scout Promise.

Readings by Girl Scouts or Clergy

Readings may come from famous Jewish, Christian, Buddhist, Islamic, etc. text or a Girl Scout(s) can share about her experience with Girl Scouting and its mission. If any of the Girl Scouts are to receive a religious award, it may be presented now.

Group Prayer

Group prayer would be one which is either recited by all such as a Psalm or petitions to which the group responds by a short phrase. Here is an example of a Girl Scout Prayer.

A Girl Scout Prayer*

A Girl Scout Prayer Lord, help us to be good Girl Scouts, ones whom the world can trust.  Help us to respect our neighbors’ rights, and never be unjust.                                                                                        Help us as Americans, to be worthy of the flag we bear.                                                                            Help us as real Girl Scouts, to be proud of the uniform we wear.                                                                Help us to be clean, Dear Lord, in thought, word and deed.                                                                      Help us to follow the law that is in the Girl Scout creed.                                                                              Help us to love all people of the world, and then to serve them, too.                                                  Help our actions to count, Dear Lord, in everything we do.                                                                            Help give us strength to carry on and do our part each day.                                                                     Make a place in this world for us and help us fill it, we pray.                                                                          Make us what we ought to be, and in Thy footsteps fall.                                                                              Help us to live for others, O great Scout Master of us all.

*Contact Brooke Banson for prayers of Christian, Hindu, Muslim, Catholic, Jewish and other denominations.

Recessional

Retire the Colors if appropriate or follow the faith partner’s standard recessional.

FREE Patch Alert!

All troops who participate in Girl Scout Sunday or Sabbath before May 1st are eligible to receive a FREE patch. Details coming soon.

Interested in hosting your own Girl Scout Sunday or Sabbath event?

We’ll post a new blog next week with tips and tricks and a checklist to make event planning simple! Want to share your own photos or experiences? Contact Brooke Banson Vallely at bbanson@nccoastalpines.org.

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