‘Ani’ Scouts Earn St. Mesrob Mashdots Emblem

Eight young men and seven young women’stood in front of St. Andrew’s congregation on Sunday morning, February 25, 2007, and were awarded their Gronagan Shkanshans. After several months of lessons, projects, applications, and community service, fifteen scouts from Homenetmen "Ani" had reached a climax in this long journey and were given an emblem for their accomplishmen’s. But what these scouts accomplished is represented by far more than a simple medal on their uniform. Now, there are fifteen more individuals in the Armenian community who have attained a greater understanding for Christianity and the role their heritage plays in this marvelous religion. These individuals grasp the impact that St. Mesrob Mashdotz made on not only the Armenian language but also on Armenian Christianity. Hayr Barthev Gulumian and Der Datev Harutyunian presented the fifteen scouts with their shkanshans during the Church service on Sunday. Y. Hrayr Boyajian, who represented Sherchanyeen Chairman of the Regional Scouting Council"., was also present at this ceremony and provided his support to the Homenetmen "Ani" scouts. Congratulations to those who were honored with the St. Mesrob Mashdotz Gronanagan Shkanshan: Andre Abrahamians Alex Baghdassarian Edward Barsoumian Satenik Harutyunyan Anita Koumriqian Patrick Matian Aleen Michaelian Narek Minasyan Alec Nicholas Melanie Sardariani Angela Soghoyan Greg Soghoyan Yelena Ter Sargsyan Lori Yeni-Komshian Sevan Yeni-Komshian The St. Mesrob Mashdotz Gronanagan Shkanshan is awared to Scouts and Explorers who fulfill certain requiremen’s in the context of their Armenian Christian Heritage. The twelfth point of the Scout Law recognizes the place of religion in a Scout’s life by stating: "the Scout is reverent towards God, is faithful in religious duties, and respects the convictions of others in matters of custom and religion." The Saint Mesrob Emblem program is designed to help the Scouts fulfill their Scout Promise that "On my honor I will do my best to do my duty to God …" To fulfill the requiremen’s of this program, a Scout undertakes three areas of study, experience, and services in: Our Christian Faith, Our Armenian Christian Culture, Our Armenian Christian History"

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