Religious emblems programs (Girl Scouts of the USA)

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A variety of religious emblems programs are used by the Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) to encourage youth to learn about their faith and to recognize adults who provide significant service to youth in a religious environment. These religious programs are created, administered and awarded by the various religious groups and not GSUSA, though the GSUSA recognizes such programs and allows the emblem to be worn on the uniform.[1] Many are listed by Programs of Religious Activities with Youth (P.R.A.Y.), an independent organization, as awards recognized by the Girl Scouts in an official brochure provided to Girl Scout council offices, as well as posted on the P.R.A.Y. website.[2] The Girl Scouts also recognize that not all religions have programs that are affiliated through P.R.A.Y. and suggests contacting local religious leaders for information about those.[3]

P.R.A.Y. listed programs and awards[edit]

The following awards are recognized by GSUSA and may be worn on the uniform upon completion of the program.[4] The emblems and awards given to girls at the completion of the program are worn either "in a single horizontal row on the right side of the uniform blouse, level with the Girl Scout Membership Pin [on the uniform sash], or on the vest in the area below the membership stars or troop/group numerals and above the next official insignia already on the vest."[5][6][7]

Faith
Proponent Association
Daisy and Brownie Girl Scouts Junior Girl Scouts Cadette Girl Scouts Senior and Ambassador Girl Scouts Adult Recognition
African Methodist Episcopal Church
P.R.A.Y.[2]
God and Me God and Family God and Church God and Life God and Service
Baha'i *
Baha'i Committee on Scouting[8]
Unity of Mankind (Level 1) Unity of Mankind (Level 2) Unity of Mankind (Level 2)
Unity of Mankind (Level 3)
Unity of Mankind (Level 3) Service to Humanity
Baptist
P.R.A.Y.,[2] Association of Baptists for Scouting[9]
God and Me God and Family God and Church God and Life Good Shepherd
Buddhist *
National Buddhist Committee on Scouting[10][11]
Padma (Chocolate) Padma (Bronze) Padma (Silver) Padma (Silver)
Padma (Certificate)
Bodhi
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
P.R.A.Y.[2]
God and Me God and Family God and Church God and Life God and Service
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church
P.R.A.Y.[2]
God and Me God and Family God and Church God and Life God and Service
Christian Science
P.R.A.Y.[2]
God and Country God and Service
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Young Women's and Primary Organizations, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
Faith in God Personal Progress Young Womanhood Recognition
Churches of Christ
Members of Churches of Christ for Scouting[12]
Loving Servant Joyful Servant Good Servant Faithful Servant
Community of Christ
World Community Program[13]
God and Me
Light of the World
Light of the World
Path of the Disciple
Path of the Disciple Exploring Community Together World Community International Youth Service Award
Eastern Orthodox
Eastern Orthodox Committee on Scouting[14]
Saint George Chi Rho Alpha Omega Prophet Elias
Episcopal
National Episcopal Scouters Association[15]
God and Me God and Family God and Church God and Life Saint George Episcopal
Hindu
North American Hindu Association[16]
Dharma Dharma
Karma
Karma Dharma Saathi
Karma Saathi
Dharma Bhakta
Karma Bhakta
Islamic
National Islamic Committee on Scouting[17]
Bismillah In the Name of Allah Award Quratula’in Award Muslimeen Award
Jewish
National Jewish Girl Scout Committee[18]
Lehavah Bat Or Menorah Or Emunah Ora
Lutheran
National Lutheran Association on Scouting[19]
God and Me God and Family God and Church God and Life Lamb
Polish National Catholic Church Love of God (Milosc Boga) God and Country (Bog I Ojczyzna) Bishop Thaddeus F. Zielinski
Presbyterian Church in America (PCA)
P.R.A.Y.[2]
God and Me God and Family God and Church God and Life God and Service
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
National Association of Presbyterian Scouters[20]
God and Me God and Family God and Church God and Life God and Service
Protestant and Independent Christian Churches ^
P.R.A.Y.[2]
God and Me God and Family God and Church God and Life God and Service
Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)
Friends Committee on Scouting[21]
That of God Spirit of Truth Friends
Roman Catholic Church
National Catholic Committee for Girl Scouts and Camp Fire,[22]
Family of God I Live My Faith Mary, the First Disciple The Spirit Alive The Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Medal or the Saint Anne Medal
Unitarian Universalist
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations[23]
Love and Help Love and Help
Religion in Life
Religion in Life
United Church of Christ
P.R.A.Y.[2]
God and Me God and Family God and Church God and Life God and Service
United Methodist
National Association of United Methodist Scouters[24]
God and Me God and Family God and Church God and Life God and Service
United Pentecostal Church International God and Me God and Family God and Church God and Life God and Service
Unity Church
Association of Unity Churches
God in Me Light of God Fillmore Youth Award Distinguished Youth Service

* There are multiple different awards of the same name, intended for different age levels of Girl Scouts of the faith.

^ This includes: Assemblies of God, Church of the Brethren, Christian and Missionary Alliance, Church of God, Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Mennonite, Church of the Nazarene, Pentecostal, Reformed, Seventh-day Adventist, United Church of Christ and Wesleyan churches.

Patch programs[edit]

In addition to the official recognitions offered by each faith for girls, several faiths offer patch programs for girls who complete certain requirements and/or achieve certain goals. Because these patch programs are considered unofficial by GSUSA, they do not require formal approval from the scouting organization, nor are they worn on the front of the uniform. Like other unofficial patches, event patches, and holiday patches, they are worn on the back of the uniform sash or vest.

Faith
Proponent Association
Patch Program Age Levels Description
Islamic
National Islamic Committee on Scouting[17]
Ramadhan Brownie, Junior, Cadette, Senior, Ambassador Presented to girls who complete the requirements of the patch program for their age level and learn more about Ramadhan.
Ramadhan Goal Achiever Daisy, Brownie, Junior, Cadette, Senior, Ambassador Presented to girls who set one or more of the suggested goals during the week of Ramadhan.
Jumaa Daisy, Brownie, Junior, Cadette, Senior, Ambassador
Hajj Daisy, Brownie, Junior, Cadette, Senior, Ambassador Presented to girls who participate in the hajj, a pilgrimage to Mecca.
Share Ramadhan With a Friend Daisy, Brownie, Junior, Cadette, Senior, Ambassador Presented to girls who share the concepts and traditions of Ramadhan with a friend.
Jewish
National Jewish Girl Scout Committee[18]
Shabbat Daisy, Brownie, Junior, Cadette, Senior, Ambassador Presented to girls who participate in a Girl Scout Shabbat Service or wear their uniform to services during Girl Scout week.
Unitarian Universalist
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations[23]
Chalise Daisy, Brownie, Junior, Cadette, Senior, Ambassador Presented to girls who accomplish a goal or complete an activity related to the faith, such as completing a religious award program or attending a religious service.

P.R.A.Y. also offers its own "To Serve God" segment patch program for Girl Scouts of all ages and adult advisers of all faiths, designed to promote their religious awards programs. The name is inspired by the words "to serve God" in the Girl Scout promise. To earn the patch, girls and adults must attend or make an interfaith presentation about religious awards, then fulfill a personal commitment of their choice "to serve God", such as promoting, earning, or helping another girl earn the religious award for her faith. There are four segments for the patch. One is offered yearly, called the "anchor patch", while the other three are offered yearly on a rotational basis. After one patch is released, the previous year's patch is discontinued for the next three years, then is reinstated again for a one year period. The program began in 2006, and as of August 2008, only two of these three patches have been released.[2]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Religious Awards: What? Why? How?" (pdf). P.R.A.Y. Retrieved September 11, 2009. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Programs of Religious Activities with Youth". P.R.A.Y. Retrieved July 29, 2008. 
  3. ^ "Girl Scouts and Faith". Girl Scouts of the USA. Retrieved May 25, 2012. 
  4. ^ "To Serve God...". P.R.A.Y. Retrieved July 29, 2008. 
  5. ^ "Where to Place Insignia on a Uniform: Brownie Girl Scouts - Religious and Other Awards". Girl Scouts of the USA. Archived from the original on July 14, 2008. Retrieved July 29, 2008. 
  6. ^ "Where to Place Insignia on a Uniform: Junior Girl Scouts - Religious and Other Awards". Girl Scouts of the USA. Archived from the original on June 7, 2008. Retrieved July 29, 2008. 
  7. ^ "Where to Place Insignia on a Uniform: Girl Scouts 11-17 - Religious and Other Awards". Girl Scouts of the USA. Archived from the original on May 19, 2008. Retrieved July 29, 2008. 
  8. ^ "Scouting Program Materials". U.S. National Baha'i Education. Archived from the original on October 14, 2006. Retrieved April 5, 2007. 
  9. ^ "Association of Baptists for Scouting". Retrieved July 11, 2007. 
  10. ^ "National Buddhist Committee on Scouting". Archived from the original on July 25, 2009. Retrieved July 29, 2008. 
  11. ^ "Buddhist Churches of America Youth". Retrieved July 29, 2008. 
  12. ^ "Members of Churches of Christ for Scouting". Retrieved April 5, 2007. 
  13. ^ "World Community". Community of Christ. Retrieved April 5, 2007. 
  14. ^ "Eastern Orthodox Committee on Scouting". Retrieved May 4, 2007. 
  15. ^ "National Episcopal Scouters Association". Retrieved April 5, 2007. 
  16. ^ "North American Hindu Association". Retrieved July 29, 2008. 
  17. ^ a b "National Islamic Committee on Scouting". Retrieved July 29, 2008. 
  18. ^ a b "National Jewish Girl Scout Committee". Retrieved July 29, 2008. 
  19. ^ "National Lutheran Association on Scouting". Retrieved April 5, 2007. 
  20. ^ "National Association of Presbyterian Scouters". Retrieved April 5, 2007. 
  21. ^ "Friends Committee on Scouting". Retrieved April 5, 2007. 
  22. ^ "National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry". Retrieved 008-11-15.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  23. ^ a b "Unitarian Universalist Association". Retrieved July 29, 2008. 
  24. ^ "National Association of United Methodist Scouters". Retrieved April 5, 2007. 

External links[edit]

  • To Serve God... official brochure from P.R.A.Y. that lists the religious programs approved by GSUSA and contact information for each organization that offers the program for their faith