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The Cherryville Eagle

Four Troop 323 Scouts receive P.R.A.Y. Four Star awards

Aug 30, 2019 08:50AM

Cherryville Rotary President Johnny Brown (left) and program presenter for last Wednesday’s, Aug. 21, Rotary lunch program, Bob Faires (right) with the four Troop 323 Scouts who received the prestigious P.R.A.Y. Award. The Scouts are, second from left: Cade Hastings, Ben Hayes, Jack Mulvey, and Wyatt Wilson. (photos by MEP/The Eagle)

by MICHAEL E. POWELL

Editor

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Cherryville Scout Troop 323, sponsored by the Cherryville Rotary Club, now has four Scouts who have won the prestigious P.R.A.Y. Four Star award.

The Scouts were actually honored back in February of this year, known as “Scout Sunday”, at Cherryville’s First Presbyterian Church. 

According to information received by Rotarian Bob Faires, who hosted the Wednesday, Aug. 21, lunch program, the four Scouts receiving the special award, and their parents, are: Jack Mulvey (Mr. and Mrs. Mark Mulvey); Cade Hastings (son of Mr. and Mrs. D.J. Hastings); Ben Hayes (son of Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Hayes); and Wyatt Wilson (son of Mr. and Mrs. Lionel Wilson). 

The Rev. Dr. Bill Lowe, pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Cherryville, served as the Scouts’ counselor, noted Mr. Faires, throughout each young man’s completion of the four levels of the P.R.A.Y series, from their earlier grades until they completed the Bible-based series.

The series, said Faires, requires each young man to study the Bible and perform service projects. The four levels, said Faires, are God and Me; God and Family; God and Church; and God and Life.

Said Faires, “I have been told that less than one percent of these (P.R.A.Y) recipients in a year receive this coveted award.”

Faires continued, “In July, our Rotary Club received an email stating our club had been granted the International Fellowship of Scouting Rotarians (IFSR) Youth Service Award because of a May 17 article in a local paper.

“The IFSR is a Rotary Fellowship promoting service to youth through Scouting. This is not a Scouting award or a Rotary Award, but it is rather intended to award Rotary Clubs who support Scout units and get it publicized in the media.

“Because the Cherryville Rotary Club charters Boy Scout Troop 323, our Rotary Club was honored because of the efforts of these four outstanding Scouts.

“Now our club wants to recognize these Scouts for their outstanding achievement!”

Faires noted the P.R.A.Y. program is more than just an award, as it means the participants learn about Christian education, family involvement, community outreach and evangelism, as well as getting to know the pastor and to perform the aforementioned service projects. 

“There are real results and the potential to change lives,” he added.

Scoutmaster Ed L. Feemster noted the following, “Troop 323 has been, and always will be, proud of the accomplishments of our Scouts.  

“To have four Scouts obtain all four religious badges at the same time is unprecedented. This is a testament to the charter of each Scout, their parents, and religious leader.

“It takes hard work and dedication to complete a task of this magnitude. My prayer is that each of these Scouts allows this training to govern their lives as they mature into productive young men and move toward their God-appointed destiny.”

For more information on the P.R.A.Y. program, go to their web site at www.praypub.org.

See SCOUTS, Page 6A