Girl Scout Council of Colonial Coast
First United Methodist Church Fox Hill
Shan Sixbey is a Girl Scout volunteer with the Girl Scout Council of Colonial Coast. She has been working with the P.R.A.Y. program since 2011 through the First United Methodist Church Fox Hill in Hampton, Virginia. The P.R.A.Y. awards combine two of her passions: Girl Scouting and her Christian faith.
Shan received the United Methodist Church Torch Award on June 2, 2019. This prestigious award is just one of several recognitions that Shan has received, including the God and Service, Cross and Flame, and Building Faith in Youth awards. These awards all have one thing in common: service to young people.
First UMC Fox Hill has been offering the P.R.A.Y. awards on a regular basis. In doing so, the church is building relationships and an expectation among the families. According to Shan, “Ongoing support from church members who are willing to teach the classes and connect with kids who are not in the church makes it possible.” The church invites all youth – Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Sunday school youth – to participate in the P.R.A.Y. classes.
Consider your own congregation. Do you have young people in scouting organizations? Offer the
religious growth programs
so that they can receive their religious award. Do you have volunteers teaching religious award classes? Recognize their service to youth with an
Thank you, Shan, for promoting religious awards through Girl Scouting!