Girl Scout Promise
Law, and Motto
Promise The Girl Scout Promise can be made in English, Spanish, or in
American Sign Language with the same meaning.
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.
The Promise is often recited at Girl Scout troop meetings while
holding up the three middle fingers of the right hand, which forms
the Girl Scout sign. Girl Scout policy states that the word "God"
may be interpreted depending on individual spiritual beliefs. When
reciting the Girl Scout Promise, "God" may be substituted with the
word dictated by those beliefs.
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.
The program was originally for girls aged from 10 to 17, but it was
subsequently divided into three levels. Brownies (for younger girls)
was based on a program developed in England in 1914 and was
officially recognized in the mid-1920s. At the same time, girls over
18, or over 16 if First Class Scouts, became known as Senior Scouts.
In 1938, the age divisions were: Brownies (ages seven through nine),
Intermediates (ages 10 through 13), and Seniors (ages 14 through
In 1963 the age structure was rearranged to Brownies (ages seven
through nine, later six through nine), Juniors (ages nine through
11), Cadettes (ages 11 through 14), and Seniors (ages 14 through
17).In 1984, the Daisy program for kindergarten girls or those aged
five was introduced. In 2003, the Studio 2B program for girls aged
from 11 up to 17 was introduced though Cadettes and Seniors.
Studio 2B allowed girls to call themselves by any name of their
choosing, including but not limited to "Studio 2Bs," "teen Girl
Scouts," or Cadettes and Seniors. Girl Scouts, aged 11 through 17,
can earn both traditional badges and undertake Studio 2B activities,
and the Silver Award and Gold Award requirements were rewritten to
require both. Studio 2B activities differed from badges in two ways:
each booklet focused on topics such as environmentalism or
self-confidence rather than being; and to earn each Studio 2B charm,
the Girl Scout had to choose activities from the booklet and then
meet a goal relevant to the booklet topic. She would create her own
plan for achieving her goal, following a basic planning procedure
called SMART (standing for Specific, Measurable, Attainable,
Level changes to be put into effect as of October 1, 2008 created a
new class of Girl Scouts called Ambassadors for girls in Grades 11
and 12 (around 16 to 18 years old), moving seniors to ninth and
tenth grade (around 14 to 16 years old). The new levels were to be
trialed in approximately 6 councils in Spring 2008, and begin
national use after 1 October 2008.
Hillary Clinton posing with Girl ScoutsAlthough troop membership is
still the most common way to participate in Girl Scouting, girls who
do not desire to participate in troop activities can sign up as an
individual Girl Scout, known as a Juliette. Juliettes attend
activities independently and work individually on badges and awards.
The Juliette program is descended from the Lone Scout program, in
which a girl living in an area without a troop could register
directly with the National organization.
The Campus Girl Scouts program allows women(ages 18 and older) to be
active in Girl Scouting while in college. Campus Girl Scouting is a
organization that helps promote and build student involvement in the
community, the local council, and the college campus through