New Resources from P.R.A.Y. Girl Scouts are
encouraged to earn the religious recognition of their faith. Here are
some resources to help promote religious recognitions:
- Visit our Girl
Scout” page. Find an up-to-date listing of religious
by faith and browse through our handouts and PowerPoint presentations
- Visit the Learning
on the P.R.A.Y. Website to view videos on the
P.R.A.Y. curriculum (for
Protestant and Independent Christian churches). Currently there are 3
- Ten things to know about the P.R.A.Y. program
- P.R.A.Y. programs as Evangelism
- P.R.A.Y. program Summaries
- These presentations are geared for churches and
who want to learn about the P.R.A.Y. program and the opportunities for
evangelism and membership outreach. Future plans include kid-friendly
presentations as well as in depth presentations on each of the four
What are religious
Religious awards are programs created
by the various religious groups to encourage girls to grow stronger in
their faith. All religious awards have been created by the
religious groups themselves, not by the Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. The
"Interfaith Quick Reference Chart" (Page
2) lists the religious programs currently available
and who to contact for more information. These programs are recognized
by the Girl Scouts of the U.S.A., and the recognitions may be worn on
the official uniform, but each religious organization develops and
administers its own program.
I have a troop with
girls of different faiths.
How can I include the religious awards programs for my troop?
Religious awards programs should be presented to the Girl Scouts and
their families as an optional program for them to complete through
their religious organization. Religious instruction should always come
from the religious organization, not from the troop leader. Parents
need to be
informed of these programs and told where to get the information for
their particular faith.
Why doesn't my
know about the religious awards?
Although the religious
awards have been created by the religious bodies at the national level,
the local religious institution may not be fully aware of these
programs. It may be helpful to write for more information or even
obtain a copy of the curriculum to give to your religious leader. See
the “Interfaith Quick Reference Chart” (Page
2) for a
complete listing of addresses.
If the religious
awards program for my faith
has more than one level (for the different grade levels), may my child
earn all of these recognitions?
Yes. Girls and young women can earn
all levels of their religious awards program. However, they must be in
the appropriate age/grade level according to program guidelines when
they start and complete each level. They may not go backwards and earn
Do the girls and
young women have to
belong to a religious institution?
It depends on the religion.
Please check the eligibility requirements for your particular religious
Do boys and girls
participate in the same
It depends on the religion.
Some religions have created programs that are used by both boys and
girls. Other religions have created separate programs for members of
separate youth agencies (i.e. Boy Scouts of America, Girl Scouts of the
U.S.A., and Camp Fire USA). Please check the specific eligibility
requirements for each religious award program.
Who may serve as
It depends on the program.
Some programs require clergy to serve as counselor, others allow a
parent or family member.
How long does it
take to complete a
It depends on the program. Some may be completed in three or four
months, others longer.
How do I order the
Each religious program has
its own award. These awards come from different places and require
submission of different information. Follow the instructions
in your award booklet. These awards are not available in your local
How is the award
The award should be presented in a meaningful ceremony, preferably in
the girl's religious institution. Some awards come with a sample
Where is the
recognition worn on the
Girl Scouts may wear the
appropriate level religious award either on the badge sash
below the membership stars, or on the right side of the uniform level
with the membership pin.
What are the adult
The adult recognitions are
by nomination only: they are honors given to worthy adults for their
outstanding service to youth both through their religious institution
and Girl Scouting. Recipients of these awards are unaware that they are
being nominated: an outside party must nominate them to receive an
award by submitting the required application, letters of
recommendation, and resume. Please check eligibility requirements for
specific awards. See the "Interfaith Quick Reference
2) for a complete listing of addresses.
How do I get started?
how to get started on religious recognitions.
For more information,
Programs of Religious Activities with Youth (P.R.A.Y.) or the Girl
area of P.R.A.Y.'s Web site. You also can contact our Religious
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