FAQs

 

E-mail your questions about the NCCGSCF, religious recognition programs, or adult involvement.

Note: Each diocesan Catholic Committee for Girl Scouts and Camp Fire seeks to work closely with their local Girl Scout council; providing training for adults wishing to work on the religious recognitions, retreats, and Days of Reflection for Catholic girls, retreats for Catholic adults, resources for troops in need of their faith’s view on social issues, and opportunities for the troops to be part of their parish's total youth ministry program.

About the Organizations

Does GSUSA have a relationship with Planned Parenthood?

No, Girl Scouts of the USA does not have a relationship or partnership with Planned Parenthood. Parents or guardians make all decisions regarding program participation that may be of a sensitive nature. Consistent with that belief, GSUSA directs councils, including volunteer leaders, to get written parental permission for any locally planned program that could be considered sensitive.

The Girl Scout law does not reference God any longer.

This is not true. The leaders are informed that the girls may use the word God or whatever their religion's name for God is, e.g., Jehovah, Allah, Buddha, etc.

The sale of Girl Scout cookies goes to support abortions and/or Planned Parenthood.

This is not true. The sale of Girl Scout cookies supports the councils and troops that sell them.

Girl Scouting does not promote Christian values.

This is not true. Read the position paper that explains the GSUSA commitment to Christian values within Girl Scouting. Girl Scouts promotes the girls' achievement of their individual faith's recognitions and encourages them to proudly wear the medals on the front of their vests.

American Heritage Girls may not participate in the Catholic religious recognition programs.

This is not true. Youth in the American Heritage Girls program may earn the medals as youth in other programs. The AHG is proud to offer their participants the opportunity to earn a religious award/medal based upon individual denominational beliefs/affiliations.

About Religious Recognition Programs

Are there any specific procedures that must be followed to begin these programs?

You must notify your diocesan Catholic committee or the diocesan office of youth ministry before you begin. Each diocese administers the program separately and in order to receive the medals, you must follow their guidelines. Only an authorized purchaser may purchase medals and patches for your diocese.

May I photocopy the workbooks?

No, the workbooks are copyrighted. A workbook should be purchased for each participant.

What grade corresponds to each workbook?

The following are the suggested grades

How long does it take to complete a workbook?

On average it takes:

  • A minimum of three to six (3-6) months to complete the Family of God workbook
  • A minimum of three to six (3-6) months to complete the I Live My Faith workbook
  • A minimum of one school year to complete the Mary, the First Disciple workbook
  • A minimum of one school year to complete The Spirit Alive workbook

How much are the books?

Currently, the NFCYM charges various prices for the workbooks with a separate shipping and handling charge. The shipping and handling charge is determined by our online store and is based upon actual UPS charges or USPS charges. You may also order books through your diocese. Please contact them for their current charges.

Does the workbook come with a leader's guide?

The leader's guide is part of the workbook (not a separate document) for the Family of God, and I Live My Faith workbooks. A separate document is available for the Mary, the First Disciple and The Spirit Alive workbooks. The leader's guides may be purchased at cost. You may also order the leader's guide through your diocese. Please contact them for their current charges.

About Religious Recognition Programs

I have old copies of the Family of God books (pre-2004), I Live My Faith book (pre-2013) Marian Medal book (pre-2006), Mary, the First Disciple book (pre-2013) and The Spirit Alive book (pre-2004). May I continue to use them?

Yes, the old copies may be used. They will not be exchanged by the NFCYM for the newer books. However, it would be better to use the newer editions of these books (Family of God ©2004, I Live My Faith book ©2013, Mary, the First Disciple ©2013, and The Spirit Alive ©2004) as content has been updated, they are more contemporary, and the books are visually appealing.

How do I order the workbooks?

Click on Online Store in the navigation bar (above the logo box) and place your order by using your Visa, MasterCard, or Discover (American Express is not accepted) credit card. If paying by check follow the steps of the online store until you reach the page that gives your billing and shipping addresses and the total for your order that includes the shipping costs. Print this page and mail it to the NFCYM along with your check. You may also order books through your diocese. Please contact them for their current ordering policies.

How do I purchase the medals and patches?

Only authorized diocesan purchasers are allowed to purchase the medals and patches. Contact your diocesan Catholic committee or diocesan office of youth ministry for this information. The diocesan offices of youth ministry and links to them are located on our the NFCYM website.

Where do I send the medal application forms?

The medal application forms are to be completed by the youth and adult advisor. Once completed, they should be sent to your diocesan office of youth ministry or diocesan authorized representatives PDF 1.68MB. Do not mail to the NFCYM office, this slows down the awarding of the medals.

For further details regarding the religious recognition programs, contact:

  • Your parish
  • Your diocesan committee on Catholic scouting and Camp Fire
  • Your diocesan office of youth ministry
  • Your regional representative on the National Catholic Committee for Girl Scouts and Camp Fire (NCCGSCF). The regional representatives, their telephone number, and an email link (if given to the NFCYM) for them are located on our website.

Is there a paper brochure from which to order?

There is a paper brochure but all orders must be placed online using the NFCYM Online Store. Download brochure PDF7.46MB.