The God & Country Series

The God and Country program for Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA, Girl Scouts, American Heritage Girls, and non-Scout siblings provides your child with the opportunity to grow in faith and in service to God and to others.

God and Country Sessions for 2019: The first sessions are Sundays, January 13 and February 24. The last session is Sunday, April 14 and an Award Ceremony will be Sunday, May 5. 

For full information, download the 2019 registration form.

Questions? Please contact Bob Elliott at r.elliott14@comcast.net or 952.953.4336.


The program is divided into five grade levels:

  • Jesus and Me (grades K and 1) – consists of five group sessions and the awards ceremony in May. Parents work with the Scouts to help their Scout think about the story of his/her life, to think about Jesus’ life and to think about how Jesus is a part of the Scout’s life. On meeting dates, the counselor will talk with the Scouts and have them share projects with the group.

  • God and Me (grades 1, 2, 3) – consists of five group sessions and the awards ceremony in May. Parents work with the Scouts to help their Scout think about the story of his/her life, to think about Jesus’ life and to think about how God is a part of the Scout’s life. On meeting dates, the counselor will talk with the Scouts and have them share projects with the group.

  • God and Family (grades 4, 5, 6) – will compare families and pizza. The Scouts will make a pizza as they study how their families can grow together in layers in God’s love, like a pizza is built in layers. The program consists of 6 work sessions, a pizza party during the last session and an awards ceremony in May. NOTE: Cub Scouts can start the classes as 5th grade Webelos and complete them as 5th grade Scouts BSA.

  • God and Church (grades 6, 7, 8) – will require that the Scouts study what Christians believe about God’s work, learn how Christians live their faith in daily life, and engage in activities which are the outgrowth of their own faith. This program consists of several group sessions, church and community service, and a visit to another religion’s place of worship.

  • God and Life (grades 9 to 12) – will help the Scout understand God’s call in his/her life and in the life of the church. The program consists of several group sessions and five projects.

Scouts are eligible to earn all five awards during their scouting careers – and we encourage them to do so. However, Jesus and Me does not count toward the 4 Star award in place of God and Me.

The student workbook for each level will be available at the first meeting of each group. Parents and Scouts DO NOT have to buy the student book ahead of time. The leaders will ask that the students bring money (cash or check made out to Bob Elliott for $4.50) for each Scout to the first meeting to pay for the student workbooks. Other than optional awards, this is the only cost.

Download the 2019 registration form.


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Seven Scouts Receive Four Star Award

On May 6, 2018, Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church (SOTV) in Apple Valley, Minnesota, presented the P.R.A.Y. Protestant 4 Star Award to seven Scouts who have completed all four of the P.R.A.Y. Protestant religious emblems. They were among 35 total Scouts who received religious emblems at this year’s religious emblems award ceremony.

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, 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.”

Scouts who received the award gave statements about the 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."

  • “Throughout my Scouting career, the P.R.A.Y program has brought me closer to God and expanded my knowledge in faith.”

  • “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.