November 2015
PRAY UPDATE for members of BSA
News from P.R.A.Y.
CEO Mark Hazlewood Visits Mount Diablo Silverado Council
PRAY CEO Mark Hazlewood was recently invited to make a presentation to the Mt Diablo Silverado and Greater Yosemite councils in Oakland, California. The topic was Developing Sustainable Faith Based Partners. The concept is based on the Orange County Council BSA recruiting model of creating the partnership first, utilizing their volunteer base to provide some of the leadership, and then as the last step, recruiting the youth. For additional information, click here:



P.R.A.Y. Officers Elected at Annual Meeting
Congratulations to President John Fenoglio (CEO of Mt. Diablo Silverado Council BSA), Vice-President J.T. Dabbs (CEO of Greater Alabama Council BSA), and Sec/Treas Teena Weathersby-Hampton (COO of Girl Scouts of Northern Indiana Michiana) who were elected to serve a second term as officers of the P.R.A.Y. Board.

John Fenoglio, Teena Weathersby-Hampton and J.T. Dabbs


Welcome, Rev. Dr. James Hoke!
Rev. Dr. James Hoke was elected as a Director to serve a two-year term on the P.R.A.Y. Board. Jim is a retired clergyman with the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod and a retired US Army Chaplain (Colonel). In Scouting, Jim currently serves as Council Commissioner with the Cornhusker Council and as Religious Advisor to the National Lutheran Association on Scouting.
We look forward to Jim's participation and leadership on the P.R.A.Y. Board of Directors!
P.R.A.Y. Annual Report
The 2014-2015 P.R.A.Y. Annual Report was approved at the September 2015 Annual Meeting and is now available on the P.R.A.Y. website. A big "thank you" to all our P.R.A.Y. counselors, pastors, Scout leaders, and parents who use the P.R.A.Y. ministry to bring children, youth and families to Christ!
Update on Bible Patch Series
Consider Bible patches as option to fulfill Duty To God activities!
The new Bible patch series is a perfect option for Protestant families to fulfill the Duty to God requirements. The curriculum is designed for all ages (including adults) and is ideal for families to do together. This series is available for free. Patches and pins are available for purchase. Please note: the Bible patch series does not qualify for the religious square knot. In order to receive a square knot, Scouts must earn the religious emblem of their faith. Click here for more information:
Bible Patches at Summer Camp, Albuquerque, NM
We had our Troop Chaplain's Aide run the program at one of our summer camps and they did it daily. Probably not exactly as outlined ;-), but seemed to be very well received and letting it be boy run I think added to it.
Michael A.
Other News
AME Camporee July 2016 in Pennsburg, PA

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NCCS Religious Emblems Reference Manual
Click here to download the updated manual from the National Catholic Committee on Scouting:
Stories to Inspire


Jonathon W.
Four Star Recipient
Kennesaw, GA
Burnt Hickory Baptist Church
Troop 204, Maple Avenue Methodist Church
"Jonathan is the only Scout to have ever earned the Four Star Award with troop 204. His Scoutmaster has been involved with scouting for 48 years and hasn't ever had anyone he has been affiliated with to earn it either!  We are very proud of his accomplishments!"
Isaac G.
God and Me
Elma, NY
Calvary Heights Baptist Church
"We are so excited for this program. During the program our son accepted the Lord as his Savior. It is because of Isaac we started attending church last summer.  It is because of Isaac my husband came to the Lord in January.  This program was a part of it too. Thank you!"
Tina G.


Isaac is pictured in front of his congregation saying the Lord's Prayer with confidence.

Jerry Wells
Good Shepherd Adult Recognition
Bartlesville, OK
Trinity Baptist Church
Jerry Wells (pictured with his wife Glenda) received the Baptist Good Shepherd award from Ted Spangenberg, President of the Association of Baptists for Scouting. Jerry has more than 20 years of service to Scouting as an adult leader in a variety of roles, currently serving as the Council Training Chair for Cherokee Area Council, and a council board member. Click here for more information on adult recognitions:

P.R.A.Y. has several recorded webinars available for review on the P.R.A.Y. Website.  These include P.R.A.Y. Program resources such as "Teaching God & Me" and "Teaching God & Family" as well as webinars geared towards Boy Scouts including topics such as "Faith Based Initiatives" and "Religious Emblems Coordinators". Check these out (and more) at