On March 12, Girl Scouts of the USA is celebrating its 99th Anniversary. Juliette Gordon Low started the organization in 1912 in Savannah, Georgia.
Girl Scout Week is celebrated each March, starting with Girl Scout Sunday and ending with Girl Scout Sabbath on a Saturday, and it always includes the Girl Scout Birthday, March 12. Girl Scout Sunday and Girl Scout Sabbath give girls an opportunity to attend their place of worship and be recognized as a Girl Scout. It has also been customary that Girl Scouts working on earning their Religious Awards receive their medals at a ceremony on Girl Scout Sunday.
On March 6, 2011, St. Raphael’s Church in East Meadow sponsored their Annual Girl Scout Sunday at the noon mass with Father Thomas J. Haggerty presiding.
Brownie Girl Scouts who worked on their Family of God religious award received their medals at the ceremony from Father Cyril Obi Bayim. Girl Scouts who worked on the Year of the Priest program also received their patches.
Older Girl Scouts, from level of Juniors and up, who worked on their religious awards will receive their medals (along with all the Girl Scouts from the entire Rockville Centre Diocese) at the Annual Girl Scout Convocation at St. Agnes Cathedral in May where the Bishop will be presenting the medals.
All the girls who attended the Girl Scout Sunday received a special event patch courtesy of the Knights of Columbus. Any questions regarding Catholic Religious Awards for Girl Scouts, please contact the St. Raphael’s Church Parish Coordinator Joanne Surless at 516-796-9074 or e-mail at JOANNE06@OPTONLINE.NET