The Girl Scout Promise

Troop 40072 knows the Girl Scout Promise. Most of them knew it before we had our first meeting even though some had not been Girl Scouts.

On my honor, I will try:
To serve God and my country,
To help people at all times,
And to live by the Girl Scout Law.

Before we finished the last word, hands shot up with questions about God. Which religion? What God? Can we say ‘nature’ instead? We had a discussion about the word God and what it means. But we didn’t really resolve the issue.

Later, I talked about it with some parents. We had a similar conversation to the girls. We have girls from several religions and parents seem to like the idea it could mean something different to each girl.

In Nancy Winfrey’s post Leading Means Going First, she writes, “Faith doesn’t require a religious belief system, although it often does. You might explain your view in terms of Judaism, Islam, Christianity, Buddhism, Zen, Indigenous or Earth Based Religions, Humanism, New Age Spirituality, a General Ethic of Care, etc.”

Tell Me: Has this question come up in your experience as a Girl Scout volunteer? How have you handled it?


One thought on “The Girl Scout Promise

  1. Joy B

    I decided to become a Troop Leader 5 years ago for many reasons. First, it was to help my daughter and I learn outdoor skills and to experience camping which was lacking in my childhood having raised in the city. Secondly, it was to help cultivate the hearts of young girls and to be amazed at their growth potential. This important issue of faith has been one that’s been most difficult for me personally because I am a Christian and it was clear to the families that I believe in this faith. I do believe that I shall teach this concept as I present the pin based on my belief and what I stand for. If I had a member in our troop that disagreed with my way of presenting the concept (or any badge for that matter), they may elect to not participate. But for me, I must be true to myself. Just my 2 cents 🙂

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