P.R.A.Y. Update
(for members of BSA)
January 9, 2013


The new P.R.A.Y. neckerchief is back by popular demand JUST IN TIME FOR BOY SCOUT SUNDAY!

The neckerchief features the four-color P.R.A.Y. cross and is appropriate for award recipients as well as for adults who have served as counselors and mentors and anybody who promotes the P.R.A.Y. program.

The P.R.A.Y. neckerchief is 42x28x28 with an embroidered design against a white background with blue trim.

Want to encourage a P.R.A.Y. award recipient in your family or your Troop?

Want to thank a Scout leader or pastor who has taught the P.R.A.Y. program?

Want to let others know that youíre part of the P.R.A.Y. ministry?

Order your neckerchief today!


Usage data for the P.R.A.Y. Program (for Protestant and Independent Christian Churches) has been posted online. Find out the total number of recipients in your council, the percentage increase or decrease over last year, the number of recipients by program level, and how your council usage compares to other BSA councils. Visit http://www.praypub.org/god_country/boy_scout_usage.htm to see how your council did!

Two councils had more than 500 P.R.A.Y. recipients each. Congratulations to Heart of America Council (672 recipients) and Sam Houston Area Council (664 recipients). Keep up the good work!

P.R.A.Y. has also posted the HONOR ROLL of BSA councils that had at least 50 recipients and a 10% increase in usage. Congratulations to all 58 councils on the honor roll, and special congratulations to Greater Alabama Council which was the only council to add over 100 recipients in 2012!


P.R.A.Y. certified 240 Four Star Recipients in 2012, and 195 of them were members of the Boy Scouts of America. Young people must complete all four P.R.A.Y. programs (i.e. God and Me, God and Family, God and Church, God and Life) in order to qualify as a Four Star Recipient. Young people may not go backwards to earn younger awards. A big THANK YOU to everybody who promotes the P.R.A.Y. program and encourages young people to complete the entire P.R.A.Y. series. A big CONGRATULATIONS to our Four Star Recipients. We pray Godís continued blessings on you! Click here for the 2012 roster of Four Star Recipients.


Need help making a presentation on Religious Emblems for upcoming training events? Itís not too late to sign up for the P.R.A.Y. webinar on Thursday, Jan 10th at 7pm CENTRAL Standard Time. Click the link below to sign up!

Want to offer a Duty to God Camporee? Find out how the Atlanta Area Council has conducted their camporees from John Lyons (Atlanta Area Council Religious Emblems Coordinator). Click the links below to sign up for the date/time of your choice!


P.R.A.Y. is offering a workshop on the Faith Based Initiatives on May 7th-9th, 2013. This workshop focuses on growing membership through the religious emblems programs. Early bird registration deadline is January 31st. Click here for a registration form.

Topics include:

  • The new Religious Emblems Coordinator positions at the Council, District, and Unit levels

  • Understanding how Religious Emblems can be used as a membership tool

  • Rationale/benefits to collaborating with the faith community

  • Using religious organizations to reach underserved areas and initiative targets

  • Guest speakers from different religions and denominations

  • Drafting a plan of work (specific for your council) to collaborate with religious institutions and to promote religious emblems

The workshop will be held at Toddhall Retreat Center in Columbia, IL (fly into St. Louis Lambert airport).

Get your registration form turned in and more details will follow!


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