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Mary, the First Disciple (Marian Medal)


About The Emblem:

The Marian Medal program is action oriented with a strong emphasis on reflective action. The program is designed to be done within a peer group under the guidance of a program counselor.



Registered Cadette (or Senior) Girl Scouts or Pioneer American Heritage Girls of the Catholic Faith. The Marian Medal Project Book (Mary, the First Disciple Book) is designed for Scouts aged 12-15.


Program Objectives:

The Marian Medal program is the official religious recognition program of the Roman Catholic Church for young women in grades 7-10 who are enrolled in the Girl Scouts, American Heritage Girls, and other Catholic youth organizations. It is designed to support and complement the catechetical efforts of Catholic parishes and schools.
The program is written to enable particiants to “proclaim the greatness of the Lord.” This is accomplished by actively involving the participants in an understanding of Mary as a model of openness and spirituality - a woman of the church. Through various projects, discussions, and liturgical celebrations over a period of months, the participants are provided with a unique opportunity to develop new insights into their personalities, friends, parents, and the world around them. Chapters of the book include:

  • Called and Chosen

  • God With Us

  • Mary Made a Difference

  • Mary, a Woman for all Time


Each scout should have her own Workbook Book and a Catholic Bible. The workbooks are available through the Diocese of Charleston Office of Youth Ministry. Alternatively, Activity Books can be obtained directly from National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry. The book cannot be copied.


Program Completion:

Upon completion of the program, the application form in the back of the project book is signed by the applicant, the adult leader and by the priest moderator for the group. Applications and nominations for specific recognitions (medals and patches) are processed by the Diocese of Charleston Office of Youth Ministry.

Award Ceremony:

The emblem will be presented once a year at the Scout Convocation which is held on Scout Sunday at St. Joseph’s in Columbia. Bishop Guglielmone will present each scout with their emblem.

Scout's Role:

Attend all meetings. If a participant misses more than 2 meetings, it should be determined if the participant should continue with the program. Work through the Mary, the First Disciple Manual with your counselor using a Bible where appropriate. 


Parent's Role:

Support the Religious Emblems Counselor in his/her role. Support your daughter as she shares lessons with her family. 


Suggested Time Requirements:

The program is designed to be completed in about one year. 


Counselor's Role:

The counselor plays a very important role with duties that may include coordinating the projects, leading discussions, and acting as a resource person.

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