Girls Earn “Tents and Shelters” RP3 Patch

AHG Explorers Go Camping for First Time








10 AHG Explorers from Troop KY0522 went camping for the first time despite the rain. As they pitched tents and learned to make fires, they also carved out time for Bible study doing what else but the “Tents and Shelters” RP3 patch. According to Troop Shepherd Buffy Williams, “The girls had a wonderful time bonding and relishing in God's wonderful creation. It was such a blessing to be a part of this."


Buntyn Presbyterian Church

Ronda Standridge reports that members of Crew 8 received their God and Life award. Ronda added, “I enjoyed watching them become more confident in talking about their faith through the process.” At the same time, Andrew Humphreys was presented with the adult Celtic Cross recognition.

Congratulations, Crew 8!


St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church

"Before" and "After"

St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church in Pleasant Hill, CA celebrated 7 Cub Scouts earning the God and Family award during their Scout Sunday service on February 12, 2017. The boys met 8 times over a period of 4 months to complete the requirements for the God and Family program. The congregation supported the boys service project by donating 291 pairs of new socks as well as personal hygiene items and toiletries that were collected and given to a local shelter to benefit families in need. The boys had fun making their pizzas while learning about God's love for all of us! 

Congratulations to Joshua H., Jacob L., Tai C., Reece M., Jack S., Charley W., and Jack S.

Thanks to God and Family Counselor Jennifer Libby for sharing the “before” and “after” pictures. It's fun to see them hard at work in a classroom session, and then as proud recipients after the presentation!

[Check out the lesson being taught on the wall behind the boys in the top photo. Do you recognize the review of the “faith tools” presented in the Bake lesson (God and Family Lesson 5)? The P.R.A.Y. staff loves to see “stuff” from our Resource Library actually printed and being used in classroom settings. Thanks for making our day!]

AHG Troop MI0408

Charlotte, MI

Troop MI0408 offers the religious recognition programs every 2 or 3 years so that girls have an opportunity to earn it at each level. Since the AHG Troop meets on the first and third Mondays, the P.R.A.Y. awards are offered on the 2nd and 4th Mondays for part of the program year. Girls are recognized during a Sunday morning worship service as well as the year-end Court of Honor. This past year there were participants in 3 of the 4 program levels (including a couple of Cub Scouts from Pack 45).

Thanks, Troop MI0408, for including the P.R.A.Y. awards as part of your ongoing program.



AHG Tenderhearts Earn God and Me

Ten AHG Tenderhearts completed the God and Me class offered at Dardenne Presbyterian Church in Dardenne Prairie, MO.

According to AHG Charter Rep, Samantha Knauper, their Troop would also be awarding 3 God and Family awards, 1 God and Life award, and 10 Bible Basics RP3 patches. Samantha reports that 41 out of 89 girls (almost half of the entire Troop) have received a religious recognition. Their Troop has also served a total of 4,245.25 hours of service to their community.   

Pictured are Keziah S., Darci S., Aurora A., Olivia B., Grace I., and Julia R.  

Not pictured are: Cameryn B., Sophia S., Elizabeth T., and Ellie L.

Thank you for growing in faith and in service to God!


Daniel M. Receives God and Church Award

Daniel M.

God and Church

Oakmont Presbyterian Church

Daniel M. received his God and Church award from Pastor Paul Sherwood of Oakmont Presbyterian Church. This is the third P.R.A.Y. award that he has earned. Daniel was challenged to serve God through service to others, and he assisted at The Manna Missions in Alabaster, Alabama where he helped by loading bags of food in the cars of those in need. Daniel is an Eagle Scout in Troop 93, and a Brotherhood member of the Coosa Lodge, Order of the Arrow where he currently serves as Vice Chief of Fellowship. 

Congratulations, Daniel, on your accomplishment!

Pack 2105

First Ever Religious Emblems Ceremony

Pack 2105 chartered by Concord Methodist Church of Paducah, KY held their FIRST EVER Religious Emblem Ceremony in May 2017. Four Webelos Scouts -  Justus E, Ray R, Kayven N, and Aaron B - received their God and Family religious awards after much hard work in den meetings, at home with their families, and meeting with their ministers.

“It was amazing to see these boys work diligently on their Spiritual Maturity and Faith and to be able to serve them as counselor and to share in moments of insights, growth and the awards received in recognition.”

- Brent Easton, Webelos Den Leader, Pack and Four-River District Chaplain

Girl Scouts Receive Awards

God and Me & God and Family
First United Methodist Church
Conover, NC

13 Girl Scouts from Conover First United Methodist Church participated in the God and Me and God and Family programs this spring. In God and Me, girls made GAMEBoxes and learned about “Best Friends with Jesus,” and in God and Family, girls made family pizzas and learned about “Growing in God’s Love.” Pictured are Ava Grace, Ivy, Laci, Rachel and Regan along with Rev. Charmaigne Van Rooyen, associate pastor who taught the classes. The Girl Scout Troop is part of a larger Scouting ministry of Conover First UMC, and indeed part of their outreach ministry.

Thanks to Girl Scout leader Debbie Moritz for providing the photo.

God and Family Project Lasts 8 Years

Justin’s Easter Basket Drive

When Justin was earning his God and Family award 8 years ago, his pastor challenged him to find a project that would celebrate Easter. Justin responded with an Easter basket drive that he has called “Easter Goodies from Youth to Youth.” This “one time” God and Family project turned into an annual service project that has lasted 8 years. This year Justin distributed 44 baskets, his biggest year ever. Also this year, Justin completed the God and Life award and received his Four Star recognition for completing all four programs in the P.R.A.Y. series. His award was presented by P.R.A.Y. CEO Jason Noland in March 2017.

Pictured with Justin is Fr. Charles Uhlik (who served as Justin’s God and Life counselor)

Coleman P.

Local Scout Receives High Recognition
Daniel Boone Sophomore Coleman P. received the “Programs of Religious Activities with Youth” (PRAY) Four Star Award on April 3, 2017.

The P.R.A.Y. Four Star award is a distinguished program requiring extensive application in non-denominational faith learning and serving in the community. With this honor, Coleman joined the ranks of less than 1% of program participants who achieve the full Four Star level recognition, and became the first in Boy Scouts of America Troop 240 (Gray, TN) to have achieved this recognition. This journey began in his Cub Scout years in the God & Me program (for grades 1-3) and culminated in completion of the God & Life program last fall.
Coleman is the son of Chris and Jennifer P. of Gray TN and a Life Scout in Boy Scout Troop 240 of Gray TN.  Pictured with Coleman and his parents is his PRAY Religious Advisor and Leader for Troop 240 Allan Bridges.