What Are Some Easy Ways to Teach the Girl Scout Promise?

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Teaching the Girl Scout Promise can be an easy and fun process when using games and songs. Rote memorization techniques are also helpful.

It is important to instill a sense of the importance of the words without making the process boring or irrelevant. One strategy is to explain the changes that have been made to the Girl Scout Promise and Law over the years until its current state today. Girl Scouts USA offers helpful guidelines for teaching the Promise and Law to scouts with various religious beliefs.

Singing is a helpful approach. The Girl Scout Promise can be sung to the tune of Yankee Doodle, or the scouts can come up with a rap. A Girl Scout Promise word search or a skit take some advance preparation, but are good ways to reach out to a variety of learning styles, including visual and kinesthetic.

Rote memorization techniques are old-fashioned but are also sometimes the most effective. Frequent recitation makes remembering the Promise automatic over time. For visual learners, it may be helpful to write the Promise in longhand a predetermined number of times. Instructors who have access to a blackboard or dry erase board, can write the Promise in large letters for the troop to see and recite together. Erasing one line at a time and having the troop recite the lines from memory is a good, gradual approach to learning the four-line Promise as well as the longer Law.