9-Year Journey Culminates in 4-Star Award

Sam L. received his God and Life award at First United Methodist Church in Fairbanks, Alaska and was also recognized as a Four-Star Recipient. Sam’s Four-Star journey began in 2010 when he earned the God and Me award along with his Girl Scout sister Sarah. Together they also earned the God and Family award in 2014. Sam continued working in his congregation with other Scouts to earn God and Church in 2015, and God and Life in 2019. The pictures show Sam’s growth over the years, but he also grew spiritually. Here is Sam’s reflection on the four religious awards he earned: “I enjoyed working with other Scouts and learning about my congregation’s history in the God and Church program.” Sam is an Eagle Scout in the Midnight Sun Council.

Eagle Scouts Earn God and Life Emblem

Chestnut Memorial UMC Receives Shepherd Church Charter Recognition

Eagle Scouts Henry H., Daulton C., and Curtis M. received their God and Life awards on Scout Sunday at Chestnut Memorial United Methodist Church.  And that was just the beginning. Other scouts and adults were recognized with several awards, i.e. God and Church Award, Cross and Flame Award, God and Service Recognition, and Good Samaritan Award. Troop 11 had much to celebrate! Chestnut Memorial United Methodist Church also received the Shepherd Church Charter Recognition for the third year in a row. Blessings on a growing scouting ministry!

Girl Scout Sunday Worship Service Celebration

Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri

Over 30 Girl Scouts gathered to lead worship and celebrate Girl Scout Sunday on March 10, 2019 at Mount Zion United Methodist Church in the Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri Council. This annual event is girl-led, including the flag ceremony, call to worship, scripture reading, and even the message.

Four Star Recipient Samantha T. delivered the message and told how the P.R.A.Y. religious awards have impacted her: “Not only did my Faith grow through this program but so did my confidence in myself. I grew closer to God and was finally able to open up to the people and world around me.” Samantha went on to explain what she learned at each program level and how “the colors red, yellow, blue, and green mean so much to me” (referring to the four-color cross on the P.R.A.Y. awards displayed proudly on her uniform). Not only did Samantha earn all four levels, she also assisted with the younger classes.  

Girl Scouts were recognized by the Christian Protestant Girl Scout Committee for earning the My Promise, My Faith pin. Girl Scouts who earned a P.R.A.Y. award received a special patch. All Girl Scouts in attendance received a Girl Scout Sunday patch.

Thank you to Rev. Kyle Butler and Mount Zion United Methodist Church for hosting the event. Thank you to Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri for their support!

Photo: Four Star Recipient Samantha T. is pictured with Kathy Dabrowski from the Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri Council.

Cub Scouts Earn God and Family

Salem United Methodist Church

From Tricia Burgess: "I am so proud of these two Cub Scouts from Pack 125 from Salem, South Carolina. Ray G. and Harley W. worked hard on their God and Family workbooks. In class, Ray was always eager to look up the Bible verses and read the stories out loud. And I was so proud when we were playing the "Jeopardy Game" at the end of the sessions, Harley picked the question that asked him to recite the 10 Commandments. He was able to say them all, and in order, using his 10 Commandment Finger Counting that he learned in Lesson 4. On our last night of class, they made their own individual pizzas and Ray even tried anchovies for the first time. Thank you to Salem United Methodist Church for providing location for our classes."

Here are the resources mentioned above from the P.R.A.Y. Resource Library:

Jeopardy Game Questions

Jeopardy Game Cards

Ten Commandment Finger Counting

Lutheran Servant of Youth Adult Recognition

Bethlehem Lutheran Church, St. Cloud, Minnesota

Charles Howard Miller received the Lutheran Servant of Youth award on a blustery winter day from Rev. Dee Pederson of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in St. Cloud, Minnesota on February 10, 2019. Charles was recognized for his service to the church (as Sunday School music leader, confirmation guide, and Wednesday evening service musician) and also to the Boy Scouts of America (as Pack Committee member, den leader, Webelos leader, Pack trainer, and now as Troop Committee member and member of the Scenic District in the Central Minnesota Council).  Presenting the award were Loren Meinke (National Lutheran Association on Scouting), Pastor Dee Pederson, and Jon Meinke (long-time friend, fellow professional and troop member).

Cub Scouts Earn God and Me Award

St. Mark's United Methodist Church

Cub Scouts Leah and Noel received their God and Me awards at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church in Hampton, Virginia on February 17, 2019.  Also pictured is Shannon Waszak from Pack 30. Pack 30 celebrated 10 years in providing the God and Me and God and Family religious growth programs.

Congratulations Leah and Noel! Thank you, Pack 30, for promoting Duty to God!

Jesus and Me Scrolls

Two Girl Scouts Earn Jesus and Me Award

Lottie from Harker Heights, TX and Emma from St Louis, MO have something in common: Both are Girl Scouts and both were among the first to earn the new Jesus and Me award.  




Lottie loved working through her Jesus and Me book and especially making the scroll and adding to it. According to her mother Amanda, “This workbook is perfect for kindergarten age students.”










Emma is a first grader and thinks “everybody should make a scroll!” She was surprised (and pleased!) with how long her scroll turned out, and she especially enjoyed the final review with the pastor.


For more information on the Jesus and Me program for kindergarteners and first graders, visit www.praypub.org/jesus-me




Pastor Christopher Davis Receives Lamb Award

Pastor and Scoutmaster Christopher Davis received the Lamb Award for his dedication and commitment to young people. The ceremony took place in a small historic stone church, First English Lutheran, in the northern serene town of Dorset, MN (population 22) where the Eagles nest and the fishing is great. The award was presented by Northern Minnesota Missouri Synod President Reverend Fondow and by a member of the board of directors for the National Lutheran Association on Scouting, Loren Meinke. Elder Charles Dutschmann presented Pastor Chris the certificate on behalf of the congregation. Click here to read more.

Sam S. Receives Four-Star Pin

Family Still Uses Prayer Rocks

This is Sam S. (Star Scout - BSA Troop #109) receiving his God & Life pin and his Four-Star pin from Reverend Doug Patterson at Smithfield UCC in Pittsburgh, PA. Sam is in 9th grade and is pictured with his parents.

Rebecca (Sam’s mom) had this to say: “We still use the prayer rocks from the earlier books! I don't remember which book had us create Prayer Rocks... but we have two or three of them floating around the house, many years later!”

Note: Prayer Rocks were introduced in the God and Me program for grades 1-3. That means Sam’s family has been hiding prayer rocks for at least 6 years!

God and Life Service Project

Noah Creates Camp Songbook
Noah E.
God and Life Award, Four Star Recognition
Ashburn, VA
Boy Scout Troop 1154
Noah is a P.R.A.Y. Four-Star Recipient having completed the God and Me, God and Family, God and Church, and God and Life awards. For his final service project for the God and Life award, Noah created a Songbook for the Chapel Service at BSA Camp Olmsted in Goshen, Virginia. Noah found it difficult to work with the formatting for the document, but he enjoyed it when they sang two songs from his songbook!