The seven 4 Stars, pictured, left to right, are: Andrew K., Douglas H., Lindsay B., (Bob Elliott, God & Life counselor), Grant H., Ben S., Nicholas R., and Mason C.
Bob Elliott, SOTV’s God & Life counselor for the past 11 years, attributes the achievements by these 7 Scouts to their desire to learn about Christ and their dedication to the P.R.A.Y. program, and also to their parents’ steadfast encouragement and support for their Christian education. “Once Scouts reach middle school age, their willingness to participate in the P.R.A.Y. program is essential, and the parent’s scheduling prioritization to drive them to class is just as essential. The P.R.A.Y. program truly is a family program, from beginning to end.”
Lindsay had this to say about The P.R.A.Y program: “This program has led me to see God in a whole new light. Without the P.R.A.Y. program, I would not be where I am today. Many aspects of my life can be related back to what I have learned throughout each portion of the program."
Mason noted that: “Throughout my Scouting career, the P.R.A.Y program has brought me closer to God and expanded my knowledge in faith.”
Andrew said that: “This program has helped me understand my relationship with God and to always make room for God in my everyday life, no matter how busy I may be.”
The unwavering support of the pastors and staff at SOTV is another indispensable part of the program: providing 3 classrooms for each class date and hosting an awards ceremony for Scouts, their families and friends, conducted by a pastor and a pianist.
Since SOTV started offering religious emblems classes in 2002, a total of 490 boys and girls have earned a total of 700 religious emblems. Of those 490 Scouts, 27 have earned the 4 Star Award (so far, since many more are too young to have completed all four levels yet). This year’s group of seven 4 Stars is by far the largest in the history of SOTV.
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