Every level of Girl Scouts and every meeting for Girl Scouts begins with a reminder of the Girl Scout Law and Promise. For those unfamiliar with the Law and Promise, here is the 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.
and the Law:
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, and to
respect myself and others,
use resources wisely,
make the world a better place, and
be a sister to every Girl Scout.
Juliette Low, the founder of Girl Scouts was inspired by the law and promise from the British Girl Guides which was her inspiration for Girl Scouts in America. I love the Law and Promise and think the world would be a better place if we all lived by the ideals set forth in both. Some of the things I most love about the Law and Promise:
- The Law begins first with the idea of “serving” – God, country, others. We don’t often focus on service to others in our world today and it certainly isn’t the first priority in most cases. But, with Girl Scouts, it is the first thing girls promise. It aligns well with God’s message to us as well: “It is God himself who has made us what we are and given us new lives from Christ Jesus; and long ages ago he planned that we should spend these lives in helping others.” (Ephesians 2:10). So, for me, it all aligns well. If we all focused on service to others, the world could not help but be a better place.
- The Law and Promise are both what we strive for, perfection is not required. The Law starts with “I will try” and the Promise starts with “I will do my best”. There is no “I will definitely” or “I have to”. They are based on what we should strive to be and do, not only in achievement. The entire program is based on learning by trying and doing. I am someone who is often stopped from doing things, trying things and finishing things because of fear it won’t be perfect. I like the idea of trying one’s best being good enough. The key here is trying one’s BEST.
- The Promise focuses on being a good person. Period. Honest, fair, friendly, helpful, considerate, caring, courageous, strong, responsible, respectful, and making the world a better place. Again, if we would all try to be those things in our everyday life, whether being watched or judged or evaluated.
So, there you have it. My spark this week is to try to live life by the Girl Scout Law and Promise on a daily basis. I am going to work on a personal Law and Promise soon – kind of like a mission statement. Those guiding ideas are so important when the hard decisions need to be made.