KALAMAZOO – Faith communities in the area will recognize Girl Scouts and adult volunteers during Girl Scout Week March 9-15.

The annual observance celebrates Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan’s partnerships with faith communities and shares the council’s commitment to the values of the Girl Scout Promise and Law.

Girls are encouraged to develop connections to their own spiritual and religious beliefs by earning recognitions provided by their faith communities and by earning the My Promise, My Faith pin, which helps deepen the connection between the Girl Scout Law and her faith, said Lesley Lankerd, membership team leader and manager of Kalamazoo’s Regional Center.

“This is a very meaningful way to show the bonds many of our girls have to their faith communities,” Lankerd said.  “In addition to being recognized by their faith leaders, girls participate in other ways such as ushering or taking the collection.”

Close to 30 faith groups have created their own religious recognitions to encourage spiritual development in girls.  Churches, synagogues, and temples administer their own programs.  Girl Scouting allows girls to wear the religious awards on their uniforms and recognizes award recipients and their mentors.

For more information logon to the GSHOM website at www.gshom.org or call 800-497-2688.