P.R.A.Y. Update
(for members of GSUSA)
January 10, 2013

NEW GIRL SCOUT POSTER

All Girl Scouts promise “to serve God” and this poster proudly displays the religious recognitions created by the faith communities for their members who are Girl Scouts. Use this poster in Girl Scout stores, Troop meeting places, at training events and at camp to let girls know that they can earn their religious recognition. Council staff may want a supply of posters as they approach faith communities and encourage congregations to put the To Serve God poster on display.

The poster is 13.25” x 19.25” and comes folded down to 6.625” x 9.625”.

Click here to order a poster today!

FBI WORKSHOP

P.R.A.Y. is offering a workshop on the Faith Based Initiatives for Girl Scouts on April 16-18, 2013 (CANCELLED). This workshop focuses on growing membership through the religious recognition programs.

Topics include:

  • My Promise, My Faith pin and the new revised requirements
  • Religious Recognitions created by the national faith groups
  • Understanding how Religious Recognitions 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 awards
Early bird deadline (with discounted price!) is January 31st. Click here for a registration form. The workshop will be held at Toddhall Retreat Center in Columbia, IL (fly into St. Louis Lambert airport).

Space is limited so send your form in today! 

USAGE DATA POSTED ONLINE

2012 Usage data for the P.R.A.Y. Program (for Protestant and Independent Christian Churches) has been posted online. Overall usage of the P.R.A.Y. program declined 4%, but usage by members of GSUSA dropped 20%, the lowest point in years.

Visit the P.R.A.Y. website to 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 Girl Scout Councils. Usage data is posted here: http://www.praypub.org/god_country/girl_scout_usage.htm

Three councils had more than 100 P.R.A.Y. recipients each. Congratulations to San Jacinto (137 recipients), Carolina Peaks to Piedmont (119 recipients), and North Carolina Coastal Pines (109 recipients).

P.R.A.Y. has also posted the HONOR ROLL of Girl Scout councils that had at least 25 recipients and a 10% increase in usage. Congratulations to all 14 councils on the honor roll, and special congratulations to the three councils that had increases of over 25 recipients: North Central Alabama, Arizona Cactus-Pine, and Caribe.

FOUR STAR RECIPIENTS

P.R.A.Y. certified 240 Four Star Recipients in 2012, and 39 of them were members of the Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. 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 God’s continued blessings on you! Click here for the 2012 roster of Four Star Recipients.

RECOGNIZE YOUR ADULT LEADERS

Girl Scout Sunday/Sabbath is coming up in March. Plan NOW to recognize your adult leaders with an Adult Religious Recognition. The adult recognitions are by nomination only. Click here for a general description and for links to various religious awards. Encourage your adult volunteers with one of these prestigious recognitions!

ALSO AVAILABLE FROM P.R.A.Y. - NEW P.R.A.Y. POSTERS

Two new P.R.A.Y. posters are available for the Protestant Christian series:

The P.R.A.Y. Program poster displays the four medals under the banner “Building Faith in Youth.” Use this attractive poster in your church or meeting place to invite others to join your program. Let everybody who comes in your building know that you’re using the P.R.A.Y. program to help children grow in faith. Space is provided at the bottom to add a local contact and/or to include the dates and times for your classes.

The P.R.A.Y. Recipient Poster can be displayed year-round to proudly announce the young people who earned a P.R.A.Y. award. Record their names and the completion date.  Use this poster to challenge ALL Protestant youth to earn their P.R.A.Y. award and to remind award recipients to continue their journey and enroll in the next level. Have a strong mentor program? Include the names of your mentors or get a separate poster just for them. Have a long-standing ministry with the P.R.A.Y. Program? Order a poster for each year of your ministry and display the names “through the years.” Each poster can list up to 30 names per program level. 

Both posters are 13.25” x 19.25” and come folded down to 6.625” x 9.625”.

Click here to order your posters today!


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