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Wins Award
Boy Scout Abram Nichols, center, won the Four Star Award. On left is Gregory Nichols and on the right is Bill Senecal. Courtesy photo.
PUTNAM — Boy Scout Troop 25 member Abram W. Nichols of Putnam has earned his Four Star Award, the Connecticut Rivers Council announced. 
Nichols just completed his junior year at Putnam High School and has been an active troop member for the past eight years. He was presented this honor at the troop’s Parents’ Night June 13 by Bill Senecal.  P.R.A.Y. (Programs of Religious Activities with Youth) is a religious emblems program that partners with nonprofit youth organizations and protestant churches.
Unlike many Boy Scout honors, this award takes many years to complete and requires support from a both a mentor and church clergy. Nichols is a member of Christ Church Pomfret (Episcopal), and was supported by Fr. David Carter throughout his service and outreach requirements.  Scouts begin in early elementary school with the “God and Me” program, doing Bible study, reflections and projects.  They continue through middle and high school with “God and Family”, “God and Church”, and finally “God and Life”.  Only those who complete all four levels can earn the Four Star Award, and Abram was the first scout to earn this in the entire state in 2017.
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