Girl Scouts: “My Promise, My Faith”

Harley @ Girl ScoutsMy daughter Harley is five years old now. She’s in kindergarten and she’s in her first year of Daisy Girl Scouts, and she loves it.

There is a special award that Daisy Girl Scouts can work on, the “My Promise, My Faith” pin. They can do this once a year in both kindergarten and first grade. These are the requirements for the award as outlined on page 20 of the Girl Scout Daisy Handbook:

My Promise, My Faith

Girl Scouting and your faith have a lot in common! You can earn
this pin once a year. Here’s how:

  1. Choose one line from the Girl Scout Law. Find a story, song, or poem from your faith with the same ideas. Talk with your family or friends about what the Law and the story, song, or poem have in common.
  2. Find a woman in your own or another faith community. Ask her how she tries to use that line of the Law in her life.
  3. Gather three inspirational quotes by women that fit with that line of the Girl Scout Law. Put them where you can see them every day!
  4. Make something to remind you of what you’ve learned. It might be a drawing, painting, or poster. You could also make up a story or a skit.
  5. Keep the connection strong. Talk with your friends, family, or a group in your faith community about what you’ve learned about your faith and Girl Scouting. Ask them to help you live the Law and your faith. Maybe you can show them what you just made or perform your skit!

Harley’s troop is working on its Daisy Petals badges this year, teaching the Daisies the Girl Scout Law by awarding them a colored petal for every line of the law that they learn. My thoughts were that I would have her work on this year’s “My Promise, My Faith” pin immediately after she earns the petal that corresponds to the line of the law that we choose.

I’ve been brainstorming how to have her work on this award whilst incorporating elements from both of the faiths in our household. These are my ideas so far:

  • I’ve been leaning towards the fourth line of the Girl Scout Law, which is to be “courageous and strong.” I think this is one of the easier concepts for a very young girl to grasp. Harley will earn her red “Courageous & Strong” petal in January, so that’s when we would begin working on this award.
  • I was thinking of the biblical story of Esther for the first point of the award. There are several good Jewish and Christian children’s books about Queen Esther, plus a Veggie Tales adaptation of the biblical account. I could even get a Hebrew children’s book and brush up on my modern Hebrew skills.
  • For the second point of the award, I was thinking of having one of the children’s ministry workers from my church meet with her. Next year I could use an LDS woman for this part to balance things out a bit.
  • For the third point of the award, I would like to find one quote from an LDS woman, one quote from an Evangelical Covenant Church woman, and one quote from a Christian woman who predates both of those specific faith traditions. For example, Joan of Arc. My husband and I are both fond of Joan of Arc.
  • For the fourth point, I may invoke my husband’s artistic talents to help Harley create a “be courageous and strong” poster for her bedroom. The poster would probably be about Queen Esther.

So, any suggestions on the overall plan? Or recommended quotes to use from an LDS woman for the third point of the award? The Esther thing is not set in stone, and it does not have to be the red “courageous and strong” petal, either. Let me know what you think.


Comments

Girl Scouts: “My Promise, My Faith” — 4 Comments

  1. It’s not exactly a quote, but maybe you could do something with the song “I’ll Walk with You” by Carol Lynn Pearson in the church’s songbook for primary. It certainly speaks to some of the Girl Scout as well as universal Christian values.

  2. I don’t really have any ideas, but I can’t believe Harley is 5! Holy cow! I’m glad she’s having fun with Girl Scouts. We love you!

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