Building Faith Connections
following article from the May/June 2005 What’s New
newsletter for Girl Scout Program, Membership & Research Staff
is reprinted with permission from GSUSA.]
your community partnerships by connecting with communities that
have access to girls, resources, and lots of volunteer energy.
Form a Faith Alliance!
just what the Cumberland Valley Girl Scout United Methodist
Alliance (CVGSUMA) is. This Alliance was formed to encourage the
growth and retention of Girl Scout troops and membership, as
well as promoting the religious awards with in the United
bring together women and men from the local council area who
believe in the Girl Scout program and are committed to their
members understand both the Girl Scout Movement and the United
Methodist Church. They pool resources, ideas, best practices,
and a commitment to serving youth. Volunteers who are allies in
both communities navigate with incredible skill and passion as
they bridge groups which they are a part of.
members come together regularly to plan activities and design
and implement strategies for the two communities to work
together. The work of the Alliance currently includes the
development of an Interfaith Retreat. And, they are currently
creating ‘District Leaders’ across the local area to help with
relationship development, council consultation, and general
kind of things can your council do if you create an Alliance in
currently supporting The Girl Scout Senior Troop 1356 who, for
their Gold Award project, is refurbishing Camp Cedar Crest. The
troops’ plans include organize ongoing annual work days at the
camp to ensure lasting impact. The relationship of the two local
organizations not only models cooperation and community
involvement, but helps Girl Scouts get things done!
national level, the United Methodist Church and GSUSA have a
joint memorandum of understanding whereby both organizations
work together to support girls in their spiritual development.
Larry Coppock is the National Director of Civic Youth Ministries
for the United Methodist Church. “I’m excited about the Alliance
forming” stated Mr. Coppock, “I believe it will help promote the
Girl Scout program in the Church. We hope that Cumberland
Valley’s model will be the first of many around the country.”
hoped that the Alliance will serve as a model and be used by
Girl Scouts and other faith communities, to develop stronger
relationships and more organized outreach to girls.