The Girl Scout Mission, Promise, and Law are at the very heart of Girl Scouting. This article for all volunteers outlines the Girl Scout Mission, Promise, and Law, and how to use them.
The Girl Scout Mission
The Girl Scout mission speaks to the vision we all share for girls:
Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.
The Girl Scout Promise
In Girl Scouting, we include the Promise in almost every activity we do together. Volunteers can use the Promise at the beginning of a troop meeting, while gathered in the friendship circle, as a part of a Girl Scout ceremony, as an opening ceremony at special events, and in large or small group settings.
Girl Scouts make the Girl Scout Sign when saying the Girl Scout Promise:
When saying the Girl Scout Promise, use your hand to form the Girl Scout Sign. With the right hand, use the thumb to hold down the pinky finger, leaving the three middle fingers raised to represent the three parts of the Girl Scout Promise.
The Girl Scout Promise is the way Girl Scouts agree to act every day toward one another and to people in the world around them:
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 may substitute for the word God in accordance with their own spiritual beliefs.
The Girl Scout Law
The Girl Scout Law acts as a guide for everyday living. There are many creative ways to routinely recite the Girl Scout Promise and Law at your troop gatherings. Sharing these special traditions with your Girl Scouts reminds them that they belong to a big, powerful, sisterhood:
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.