Girl Scout Week is celebrated each year during the week surrounding Girl Scouts’ Birthday, March 12. On that day in 1912, our founder, Juliette Gordon Low, organized the first Girl Scout troop meeting in Savannah, Georgia!
While we finalize some green new things for this year to get you excited for Green for Good, we want to help you prepare in advance for a few time-honored traditions of Girl Scout Week.
Girl Scouts has longstanding traditions of celebrating with faith communities during this week. We do this to share information about Girl Scouts and its benefits, to thank faith partners and adult volunteers for the support they have provided over the past year, and to give girls the opportunity to be recognized in their places of worship as Girl Scouts.
Girl Scouts Celebrate Faith observances can be celebrated by any faith group. In general, Jewish Sabbath (Shabbat) extends from sunset on Friday to sunset on Saturday, the Christian holy day is Sunday, and the Muslim holy day is Friday. In 2020, the celebration dates for these faith traditions are below.
Girl Scout Sunday (Christian)—Sunday, March 8, 2020
Wear your Girl Scout uniform to worship. Talk with your Girl Scout sisters and family to connect with a local place of worship and learn about how Girl Scouts can be represented on Girl Scout Sunday.
Host a Girl Scout Cookies and milk party after worship. Bring Girl Scout Cookies (and possibly sell some, too), share what your cookie sale goals are, and talk about the skills you have learned from the Girl Scout Cookie program.
Earn your ‘My Promise, My Faith’ Award. Work with your family and faith leaders to earn the pin to celebrate the connection between the Girl Scout Promise and Law and your faith.
Make new friends. Talk to someone from a different culture, religion, town, school, or neighborhood.
Girl Scout Jumah (Muslim)—Friday, March 13, 2020
Another word for Friday in Arabic is Jumah, also known as a day of collaborative prayer in the Muslim community. One staple ritual participants partake in is the thorough cleansing, or purifying, of the body.
Jumah is also a say of charity. Girl Scouts have a rich history of giving back to their communities. Be part of this tradition by participating in one of the service projects we offer at Girl Scouts OR start one with your family, friends and/or troop!
Cancer Survivor Kits. Help people battling cancer by collecting a few simple items in a small tote bag; chemo patients will know the small difference you made! Once your items are collected and your kits are assembled, you can drop them off at your nearest cancer support center. We have instructions for how to make these items, as well as potential drop-off locations.
Service Bars. Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors who are passionate about giving back can earn service bars. The Community Service Bar and the Service to Girl Scouting Bar each require a minimum of 20 hours of service to one organization or Girl Scout activity/troop.
Girl Scout Sabbath/Shabbat (Jewish)—Friday/Saturday, March 13–14, 2020
Rest and Reflect. Take this Sabbath Day to reflect on all your work with Girl Scouts. Let those moments inspire you to create new and innovative ways to share with the world what it means to be a Girl Scout.
Reflect in a Journal Entry: Write down some green goals for the rest of the year, reflect on the previous week, what were challenges, successes, insights. How will you be green in the future? How were your green initiatives received by peers, classmates, friends, worship-groups, etc. What did you learn? What more do you want to learn
To help you engage your community of worship in Girl Scout Week, downloadable assets for bulletins and inserts are available here!
Then stay tuned for a complete GREEN-themed daily breakdown of activities for Girl Scout Week 2020!