Girl Scout Traditions provide both girls and adults with a sense of history, connection and belonging. One tradition at the very center of Girl Scouting is following the Girl Scout Promise and Girl Scout Law. Both the Girl Scout Promise and Law guide Girl Scouts through the mission of building girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place.
Reciting the Girl Scout Promise and Law can be easily included in most meetings, ceremonies, special events and virtual gatherings. They serve as great ways to check in with the troop about the true meaning of being a Girl Scout. While it is important to help the girls learn the Girl Scout Promise and Law it can also be a fun way to complete a step towards the Girl Scout Way badge as well!
When saying the Girl Scout Promise you should start by making the Girl Scout Sign. To begin raise three fingers of the right hand then use your thumb to hold down the pinky finger. The three fingers represent the three parts of the promise.
Girl Scout Promise (Learn and follow along with GSHPA Girl Scouts here)
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.
*members can substitute wording appropriate to their own spiritual beliefs
Girl Scout Law (Learn and follow along with GSHPA Girl Scouts here)
I will do my best to be
honest and fair,
friendly and helpful,
considerate and caring,
courageous and strong, and
responsible for what I say and do,
respect myself and others,
use resources wisely,
make the world a better place, and
be a sister to every Girl Scout.
Here are 3 fun activities you can do to help your girls learn the Girl Scout Promise and Girl Scout Law!
Girl Scout Paper Sign
Materials: construction paper, GS Promise trefoil cut outs, scissors, tape/glue, pencils, and markers/crayons.
- Each girl will need 1 piece of paper to start. They place their hand flat on the paper then begin tracing their hand with the pencil. Once traced they will want to cut it out. If easier you can provide your girls with a preprinted/traced hand they can simply cut out instead!
- Then fold/bend the pinky and thumb until they meet in the middle to create the Girl Scout Sign.
- After that have your girls cut out and decorate trefoil cut outs which include the GS Promise.
- Then tape/Glue both the hand and trefoil onto a piece of construction paper. After everything is attached they can also decorate their creation!
- Afterwards have them over the promise individually or together so the girls learn it by heart.
- Try making the hand gesture/symbol with their own hands, now that they see how it’s supposed to look with the paper!
Girl Scout Law Popsicle Hanger
Materials: 12 Popsicle Sticks (per girl), ribbon, colored pencils/crayons, a marker, and glue.
- Once each girl has her materials, have her write the Girl Scout Law on the 12 Popsicle sticks with her marker.
- After the writing out the Girl Scout Law, color each stick a different color.
- When the Popsicle sticks are colored you will then glue them onto a piece of ribbon in the order they are said when reciting the Girl Scout Law. If you would like hang up your Girl Scout Law simply make a “U” shape out of the ribbon with the round curve at the top. Then add your Girl Scout Law sticks!
- After the glue has dried encourage your girls to hang/place their creations somewhere at home!
Girl Scout Law SWAPS
While this activity will help your girls learn the Girl Scout Law, it also allows them to participate in another longtime Girl Scout Traditions: SWAPS. The term “SWAPS” is short for: a Special Whatchamacallit Affectionately Pinned Somewhere and is an amazing Girl Scout tradition! Each Girl Scout will make their own SWAPS to exchange with other Girl Scouts promoting friendship and connection.
Materials: beads, safety pins, string, and a card with the Girl Scout Law (you can make your own or use this). We recommend using the corresponding bead colors included on this print out.
- Each girl will get a copy of the Girl Scout Law, beads, a key ring and string. The girls should begin placing their beads on the string in the order they appear on the card. As they do this, explain each color and its corresponding line of the Girl Scout Law.
- Once all the beads are in place, tie off the string and attach a safety pin to the top of the chain.
- Afterwards encourage girls to hang onto their Girl Scout Law SWAP or try swapping it with other members in the troop!