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Girl Scout helps girls explore their Catholic faith


Girl Scouts make a promise to serve God and to help people at all times. Girl Scout Christine Mellick, 16, brought that promise to life during a workshop she organized for Catholic Girl Scouts at Seton-La Salle High School in Pittsburgh on Saturday, October 10.

During the Family of God workshop, Christine brought Brownie Girl Scouts together to celebrate the relationship between their Catholic faith and Girl Scouting.

“The Family of God Emblem is offered to second and third grade Girl Scouts, making it the youngest national Catholic religious emblem girls can earn,” Christine explained.

“Girls who might not otherwise devote a day to their Catholic faith were able to come together as a family united in Christ, and have a fun time earning a Girl Scout award."

Family of God offers a bilingual activity series developed to complement the catechetical efforts of the parish and families with children in the second and third grades. It also helps children discover the presence of God in their daily lives as members of their family and parish.

Each Girl Scout earned a religious emblem at the end of the workshop.

The Brownies weren’t the only ones learning at the workshop that day. Christine’s experience organizing the program adds to the leadership skills that she’ll use her entire life.

“I learned that when you're determined, you can accomplish just about anything!”

A student at Seton-La Salle High School and a Girl Scout for seven years, Christine is a Diocesan Youth Council representative and a member of the Catholic Committee on Scouting for the Diocese of Pittsburgh.

The Catholic Committee on Scouting offers several events for Girl Scouts, including an annual Girl Scout/Boy Scout retreat, as well as information on earning special patches, awards and religious emblems. For more information, visit

Read the most recent Catholic Committee on Scouting newsletter here.


Photo: Girl Scouts earned a Family of God emblem during the Oct. 10 workshop. From left to right, front row: Mary Hampton, Julia Schaar Smith, Abigail Leise, Eve Friday. Back row: Maria Albert, Therese Bernas, Hannah Krelic, Eliana Faber, Anna Lucarelli, and Christine Mellick.