For starters, if you aren’t a follower of our sister troop’s blog, be sure to check it out. They’ve posted more about this event and a ton more amazing photos.
According to The Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting, “Earning this award helps you explore how Girl Scouting and your faith offer similar ideas about how to act – and how Girl Scouting can tie into your faith. You can earn this pin once a year, every year you are in Girl Scouts. Just choose a different line of the Law each year!”
We as a troop (technically 2 troops as we do this event with our younger sisters in troop 2214), of Catholic School students, have worked on this Special Opportunity Award for several years. The My Promise – My Faith pin has five requirements, the first being to pick a line from the Girl Scout Law and think about how this shows a connection between your faith and Girl Scouting. This year we focused on being COURAGEOUS and STRONG.
The second step is to interview a woman in your faith or another faith community. We invited a teacher from the girls’ school to come and talk about her mission to Liberia. She talked about how her faith gave her constant courage and strength as the country was in the uprising of Civil War. She remembers hearing gun shots while she was on a beach and the home she lived in was bombed within days of her family being emergency evacuated back to the United States. Our speaker was most certainly a true testament to faith, courage and strength!!
We then put the girls to the courage and strength test by reenacting FEAR FACTOR (like the TV show) with a series of challenges.
We had PIG GUTS KEY SEARCH where the girls had to dig through slop (random Dollar Store canned goods, such as Spaghetti-Os, jam, applesauce, canned veggies) to find keys to unlock a pair of padlocks. This station was really smelly and really gross! It definitely required courage to stick one’s hands into that grossness!
Outside we set up the ROTTEN EGG CHALLENGE. Girls had a relay where they had to carry cracked eggs in their hands from one point to another.
Another station was WORM PIE. They had to find a worm (candy….but they weren’t told that) in a pile of whipped cream. The catch – NO HANDS or utensils!!
The last challenge was CAN YOU GUESS. At this station the girls had to identify several flavors of baby food from containers with no labels. The girls were certainly grossed out by this and were SHOCKED when we informed them that everything they tried was just pureed versions of foods they love to eat now….such as Mac-n-Cheese and Chicken pot pie!
After some group discussion surrounding three chosen quotes, by women, illustrating our chosen line of the Law the girls were able to use the quotes to make a canvas collage to take home with them. This fulfilled steps 3 and 4 of the pin requirements.
Our chosen inspirational quotes were:
“It takes a great deal of courage to stand up to your enemies, but even more to stand up to your friends.” – (Professor Dumbledore) aka J.K Rowling
“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” – Anais Nin
“Courage is like a muscle, we strengthen it by use.” – Ruth Gordo
We then wind down the evening with a movie. This year we watched the GSUSA training videos for Cookie Season as cookie sales started in our state during this same weekend. Then, it’s time to sleep! (yea right!!)
After breakfast, we had some discussion about how we all plan to live what we learned about being COURAGEOUS and STRONG. We made a commitment to live it every day! This fulfilled the final requirement of the award.
A few weeks after our event, the girls received their pins which were blessed by Father Jaochim during Mass. Both troops were honored in front of their entire school and parish community.
The key to this event is some hours of preparation and a great support system. We are extremely fortunate for the support of our school, church and parents!
SPECIAL thanks to Mrs. Hurt, Fathers Don and Jaochim and all the staff at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish.