Girl Scout Week: the Birthday, Sunday, and Sabbath
Girl Scout Birthday, March 12, commemorates the day in 1912 when Juliette Gordon Low officially registered the organization's first 18 girl members in Savannah, Georgia.
Girl Scout Week is celebrated each March, starting with Girl Scout Sunday and ending with Girl Scout Sabbath on a Saturday, and it always includes the Girl Scout Birthday, March 12.
Girl Scout Sunday (March 9) and Girl Scout Sabbath (March 15)
Since its founding in 1912, Girl Scouts has partnered with religious organizations, parents and adult leaders to promote girls’ personal growth and leadership development. Today, the Girl Scout organization is still a value-based foundation. These values guide us in creating programs that build girl leaders of courage, confidence, and character. This means that we are working to instill in girls the values outlined in the Girl Scout Mission and Girl Scout Promise. Every year the week around the Girl Scout birthday (March 12) is bookended by celebrating the connection between Girl Scouts and their faith. These talking points will give you more information about Girl Scout Sunday and Girl Scout Sabbath.
What You Can Do
- Girl Scout Sunday, March 9, and Girl Scout Sabbath, March 15, gives girls an opportunity to attend their place of worship and be recognized as a Girl Scout.
- You can let the leadership at your place of worship know about Girl Scout Sunday/Sabbath by sending them this letter.
- Many girls wear their uniforms to services in honor of these special days.
Share the Girl Scout Sunday/Sabbath bulletin insert with church leadership and/or newsletter. It's available in three versions:
Color 2-up/front and back
Black and white 2-up/front and back
Spanish - Color 2-up/front and back
- If a place of worship is the group sponsor of a troop, girls may perform a service, such as greeting, ushering, or doing a flag ceremony.
- Girl Scouts is an inter-faith organization (the first troop founded over 100 years ago had girls from many faiths). Girl Scout Sunday/Sabbath can also be a time when girls broaden their experience by learning about other faiths.
- Many girls also choose to explore their faith through My Promise, My Faith, a program for girls of all grade levels developed by Girl Scouts of the USA. This pin complements existing religious recognitions and allows all girls to further strengthen the connection between their faith and Girl Scouts. A girl earns the My Promise, My Faith pin by carefully examining the Girl Scout Law and directly tying it to tenets of her faith.
- In addition to earning recognitions, many girls, grounded in their faith, choose to undertake Gold Award Projects that support their faith communities. The Gold Award, the highest achievement in Girl Scouting, represents a minimum of 80 hours of volunteered time, a thorough investigation of a community issue, and demonstrates a girl’s ability to lead and mobilize her community around her project. Girls must secure resources and volunteers from their communities to accomplish their Gold Award project goals.