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.