|Become a FRIEND OF P.R.A.Y.
through a Financial Gift
P.R.A.Y.’s fiscal year will end June 30th and we need your help to end in the black. We are asking for your financial support so that we can expand our mission during this critical time. For the past 30 years, P.R.A.Y. has taken the lead in promoting religious emblems of ALL faiths. P.R.A.Y. coordinates the update of the Duty to God Quick Reference Chart every year, offers an interfaith FBI course at Philmont every summer, and serves as a religious emblems information/resource center for councils and volunteers to get quick answers on religious emblems of all faiths. Most recently here is what we have been doing:
Would you help support P.R.A.Y. the way P.R.A.Y. has supported BSA for the past 30 years?
Please consider a financial gift to support P.R.A.Y.’s mission. Click here to find out how.
P.R.A.Y. is a 501(c)(3)
nonprofit organization and your gifts are tax deductible.
P.R.A.Y. webinars are free and you may sign up for as many webinars as you want. For your convenience, each webinar is offered more than once and then the recorded session is posted online in our Learning Center for easy viewing. Use the links below to register for a specific session.
“Unit Religious Emblems
Coordinator – Where Do We Start; What Do We Do?” – Chip
“Ok, The Vote is Over. Now
What?” – Mark Hazlewood
“Working with Other REC’s
at the Unit, District and Council Levels” – Chip Turner
Scout Ranch, Register NOW:
The Faith Based Initiative is a conference
designed to equip professionals and volunteers in local councils and
congregations to reach their shared goals of reaching young families and
building sustainable membership.
P.R.A.Y. is offering a workshop on “Building Sustainable Units through Faith-Based Initiatives for members of Boy Scouts of America,” November 12-14, 2013Topics include:
Early bird registration deadline (with discounted price!) is June 30th. Final registration deadline is July 31st. Registration forms must be accompanied by a $50 deposit to hold your place. Checks can be made payable to P.R.A.Y. or you may provide Visa, MasterCard or Discover card information. Final payments will be due August 31st. The workshop will be held at Toddhall Retreat Center in Columbia, IL (fly into St. Louis Lambert airport). Lodging, meals and conference area are all located at Toddhall. Please do not make any travel plans until your reservation is confirmed by P.R.A.Y. Click here for a registration form.P.R.A.Y. is also willing to work with councils to bring on-site training to your council. The cost of bringing a P.R.A.Y. staff member to you may be a more cost effective option. Please email Mark Hazlewood at firstname.lastname@example.org for information on this option.
|WANTED: UNIT REC'S
Are you active in a faith community? Are you passionate about Duty to God? Then the “Unit Religious Emblems Coordinator” may be a perfect fit for you. Are you already serving as a Unit REC? Then spread the word and help other units recruit REC’s, too.
BSA has created the new REC positions at the Council, District, and Unit levels. Why? Because of the impact that religious emblems can have:
Click here for a new page specifically on the UNIT REC. Be sure to join the REC Facebook group.The Unit REC patch has been ordered. We will let you know when it is available from BSA.
|FIRST QUARTER P.R.A.Y. USAGE REPORTS
Charts showing usage by Council have been posted online both as an alphabetical listing and also by rank (largest to smallest users). This information is critical for Religious Emblems Coordinators (REC’s) as they set and evaluate goals for their Council, District, and Unit. Please note: the charts posted on the P.R.A.Y. website show the usage of Protestant and Independent Christian Churches; these reports are numbers only (the more detailed recipient reports – with Scout names and church information – are distributed to the P.R.A.Y. contact at your Council and not available online).
Councils with more than 50 recipients that also have a 10% increase in usage are included in our 1st Quarter Honor Roll. Click here to view the Honor Roll. Special congratulations to the following councils that had the biggest numeric increases:
Usage of the P.R.A.Y. Program for Protestant and Independent Christian Churches by members of the Boy Scouts of America for the 1st Quarter 2013 shows a 10% drop compared to the 1st Quarter 2012. The chart below shows the breakdown by program level.
|FRIENDS PROGRAM NOW IN SPANISH
The Friends Committee on Scouting announces that their program curriculum is now available in Spanish and will soon be posted on their website at www.quakerscouting.org. Until then if you would like a copy, please send an email request to: email@example.com.
|SPECIAL NEEDS SCOUTS EARN RELIGIOUS EMBLEMS
Venture Crew 891 and Barnardsville United Methodist Church sponsored the God and Family program for Special Needs Scouts during the months of March and April 2013, and three successfully completed the program. They met an hour and a half for 8 different sessions. Also attending the sessions were the pastor and committee chair as well as a visit by the executive director of venturing.
|Congratulations to Brian D., Franklin G., and Brian C. for their hard work and persistence in earning their religious emblem. Click here to read more, view pictures and read what the Scouts and their parents had to say.|