God & Church

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God & Church Program

God & Country Religious Awards program for Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts in Grades 6-8

We had a very successful program in 2016. Look for God & Church again in 2018.

Q: What is the God & Country religious awards program?

A: Created by the national church bodies cooperating with P.R.A.Y., God and Country is a CHURCH program, not a scouting program. God and Country includes emblems/awards which are approved for wear on the official Boy Scout, Girl Scout, and Camp Fire uniforms. God and Country is a Christian Education Resource for Grades 1-12. It is a Bible based curriculum and requires that students read scripture and answer questions about the Bible.

The God and Church program will lead young people on a journey. It will be a faith journey with three parts: meeting Jesus, worshiping God, and witnessing and ministering for Christ. Participants will create either a video or a photo album to share what they have learned on their faith journeys. Young people will have the opportunity to work with their pastor or other Christian adult as they study the church's structures and objectives and participate in service projects that will give them a better understanding of the mission of the church.

Q: Is the program just for Episcopalians?

A: No, the Virginia Episcopal Scouting Association will be offering God and Country that is appropriate for members of Protestant and Independent Christian churches, which includes Methodist, Lutheran, Baptist, Presbyterian, Pentecostal, Episcopal, UCC, Disciples of Christ, and other denominations. If you are part of another faith, you can talk with your religious leader about pursuing the religious awards for your faith.

Q: What ages can be involved?

A: This program is for girls and boys in Grades 6-8.

Q: Where and when is the program?

A: 6 Sunday afternoons from 2pm to 4pm starting October 16, 2016 and ending November 20, 2016.

Q: Is there a cost involved?

A: A $25 per person supplies fee will be charged to cover workbooks and supplies. Fees will be required to register and space is limited to 20 Scouts on a first come, first served basis. A $5 late fee may be imposed after 10/2. Registration will be available after August 1st here.

Q: What should I bring?

A: Additional supplies may be required for later classes, but plan to bring a Bible, pen or pencil, and notebook to the first class. Attending with a good attitude and an open heart is also strongly encouraged.

Q: What should I wear?

A: While most of the participants will be Scouts, Scout uniforms are NOT required. Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable, but tasteful clothing appropriate to the weather.

Q: Do parents attend?

A: Some parents do stay, but we have found that in most cases open discussion is easier without parental involvement. The last class will have an opportunity for family members to attend and enjoy some fellowship and review class completion. There are numerous quiet, reflective places on the grounds to enjoy while waiting, and nearby Short Pump offers a wide variety of eating and shopping opportunities.