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Girl Scout Sunday & Sabbath

Girl Scout Sunday and Girl Scout Sabbath take place during Girl Scout Week. The week revolves around March 12, the birthday of Girl Scouting. Girl Scout Sunday is the first Sunday before March 12 and Girl Scout Sabbath is the preceding Saturday of March 12. The purpose of this special day is to emphasize that we take the Girl Scout Promise seriously -- "On my honor, I will try to serve God." It is a time for Girl Scouts to reflect upon the importance of the words, "to serve God."

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Girl Scout Week Religious Observances

Every effort should be made to hold ecumenical interfaith service when celebrating the spiritual foundation of Girl Scouting. The varied personal beliefs of our members necessitate including sensitivity towards inclusiveness. There is no set structure to an inter-faith service. Listed below are the "ingredients" that are usually found in formal ecumenical services arranged by and for Girl Scouts.

The Girl Scout Sunday/Sabbath observance may be as simple as the girls and adults in Girl Scouting attend a religioius service of their choice in Girl Scout uniform. Of course, anything beyond that during the service must be worked out with the local clergy.

Procession - The procession may be arranged many ways. Troops may proceed in first with flags. if readings will be taken from the Bible, Torah and/or Qur'an, girls may proceed in these texts.

Pledge of Allegiance and the Girl Scout Promise - A brief welcome and introduction may be made by the clergy or by an appropriate participant. Girls stand and make the Girl Scout Promise.

Song - The song should express the theme of the service.

Readings by Girl Scouts or Clergy - The readings need not pertain to Girl Scouts, but to the theme. Readings may come from famous Jewish, Christian, Buddhist, Islamic, etc. texts. A few words about Girl Scouting and its mission may be made by the clergy,a Girl Scout adult or Girl Scout. If any othe Girl Scouts are to receive a religious award, it may be presented at an appropriate time.

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. If desired, this could be followed by a few minutes of silent prayer during which time the troop members could be asked to share their thoughts or prayers.

Sermon or Homily - The sermon or homily is given by one or all of the clergy presiding.

Retire the Colors

Closing Prayer - One of the presiding clergy closes the worship service with a prayer.

Recessional - The recessional may be music or a song which expresses the theme of the service.

Girl Scout Law

"We the members of Girl Scouts of the United States of America, united by a belief in God and by acceptance of the Girl Scout Promise and Law, ...

Do dedicate ourselves to the purpose of inspiring gilrs with the highest ideals of character, conduct, patriotism, and service that they may become happy and resourceful citizens.

We believe that the motivating force in Girl Scouting is a spiritual one. We affirm that the Girl Scout Movement shall ever be open to all girls and adults who accept the Girl Scout Promise and Law."

--Preamble of the Constitution of the Girl Scouts of the USA

These words from Girl Scouts of the USA's constitution express our most fundamental beliefs and are affirmed by over 3.2 million Girl Scout members in the USA when they make the Girl Scout Promise.

A Girl Scout Prayer

Lord, help us to be good Girl Scouts, ones who 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.

A Girl Scout Speech

Today is Girl Scout Sunday/Sabbath which is observed during Girl Scout Week, an event recognizing the founding of the Girl Scouts on March 12, 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 (name of house of worship leader) and the congregation at (name of house of worship) for their leadership and financial support of our Girl Scout troops.