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Religion in Life Program for Girls Scouts

Religion in Life: Girls by Susan Charles T. Groth, PhD, is a program of reading, thought, discussion and action for Junior, Cadette, and Senior Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. who seek the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) Religion in Life emblem. This program for Unitarian Universalist (UU) Girl Scouts engages participants in learning Unitarian Universalism and other world religions. The program for Junior and Cadette Girl Scouts bases its activities around the tenets of the Girl Scout law and the Golden Rule. The Cadette and Senior Girl Scouts program focuses on the scriptures of major religions and Unitarian Universalist heritage.

NOTE: Religion in Life: Girls is currently being revised by the author and will be published online and available without charge in late spring 2014. Until the revision is published, please print and use the third edition (PDF, 52 pages published 2003).

The purposes of the Religion in Life: Girls program are:

  1. To help Unitarian Universalist (UU) Girl Scouts learn more about religion in general and their own in particular: UU history, beliefs, programs, and organization.
  2. To guide Unitarian Universalist Girl Scouts in exploring their own beliefs in order to better understand themselves and others.
  3. To present ways in which Unitarian Universalist Girl Scouts can put their religious beliefs into practice.

Some general requirements of this program are:

  • Regular attendance at church school or regular home participation with Church of the Larger Fellowship (CLF) materials.
  • Keeping a journal which will include writing assignments as well as a record of personal thoughts about the reading assignments.
  • At least one year's work from the time of enrollment in this program.
  • Guidance from a wise and stimulating advisor, whether a minister, a Director of Religious Education (DRE), or a member of the congregation. It will be necessary to meet with the advisor at least once or twice per section of the program.

While the Junior Girls program is suitable for use within the context of Girl Scouts only, the topically oriented Senior program could be used as a Coming of Age or Unitarian Universalist identity program outside of the Girl Scout context. Girl Scouts of the USA encourages denominational award and emblem programs, but take no part in their evaluation or administration. Religion in Life: Girls is a demanding program and takes one year to complete with the assistance of an advisor from a congregation.

Each girl in the program needs her own copy of the Religion in Life: Girls activity booklet. No additional texts are required, although pamphlets and books available from the Unitarian Universalist Association or from a local UU church are occasionally recommended reading.

For more information contact religiouseducation @ uua.org.

This work is made possible by the generosity of individual donors and congregations. Please consider making a donation today.

Last updated on Monday, February 3, 2014.

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