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Girl Scout Character Program

by Ron Kurtus (4 January 2003)

The Girl Scouts is a values-based organization, not a religious one. The Girl Scout Promise and Law are its guiding principles. There are four goals for the Girl Scout program that define and promote character values. These concepts provide a good model for other organizations concerned with the character of their members.

Questions you may have include:

This lesson will answer those questions.

The Girl Scout Promise

On my honor, I will try:

(Girl Scout administration note: The word "God" can be interpreted in a number of ways, depending on one's spiritual beliefs. When reciting the Girl Scout Promise, it is okay to replace the word "God" with whatever word your spiritual beliefs dictate.)

The Girl Scout Law

I will do my best to be:

and to

Four Program Goals

All program activities are based on the Girl Scout Promise and Law and the following Four Program Goals.

1. Develop full potential

Girls will develop to their full potential. Girl Scouting will:

2. Relate to others

Girls will relate to others with increasing understanding, skill, and respect. Girl Scouting will:

3. Develop values

Girls will develop a meaningful set of values to guide their actions and to provide for sound decision-making. Girl Scouting will:

4. Contribute to society

Girls will contribute to the improvement of society through the use of their abilities and leadership skills, while working in cooperation with others. Girl Scouting will:


The Girl Scout promise, law, and four program goals are excellent character guidelines for any group, organization or individual.

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