Re: Girl Scout Promise
Sara Crawley (scrawley@ACAD.UMASS.EDU)
Wed, 10 May 1995 08:40:57 -0400
On Wed, 10 May 1995, Connie L. Irby wrote:
> Here is the Girl Scout Promise:
> On my honor, I will try:
> To serve God and my country,
> To help people at all times,
> And to live by the Girl Scout Law.
> Here is the Girl Scout Law:
> I will do my best:
> to be honest
> to be fair
> to help where I am needed
> to be cheerful
> to be friendly and considerate
> to be a sister to every Girl Scout
> to respect authority
> to use resources wisely
> to protect and improve the world around me
> to show respect for myself and others
> through my words and actions.
> These are the only versions I know. I was unaware that there was an"old"
> version and a "new" version.
Connie has it right. To find an "old" version different from this one
you would have to go back to the early 80s. But then the current one is
a return to an earlier version of the Promise.
What did happen at the last National Meeting was that flexibility was
added so that Girl Scouts can say the Promise in a way that more closely
reflects their own spiritual beliefs. In practice this means that we can
use a different word or words instead of the word "God".
When this added flexibility was announced in the news, one of the girls
in the Junior troop (9-11 year olds) brought it up at our meeting.
We had a great conversation about it and all the girls thought it
was a great thing that GSUSA was making an effort to be more inclusive.
Western Mass GS Council
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