Thursday, March 17, 2016

Pastor of Nashville Church of Scientology Recognized by Boy Scouts of Middle Tennessee

In a recent ceremony by the Middle Tennessee Council of the Boy Scouts of America, the pastor of the Church of Scientology was granted the William D. Boyce New Unit Organizer Award for creating and hosting a new Cub Scout troop for students in area schools.

The award, named after the founder of the Boy Scouts of America, was presented in a private ceremony at the end of February. Fesler said, “It’s important to my church to help the Boy Scouts. The founder of our religion was a scout himself and always spoke highly of scouting, so we welcomed this opportunity to continue the work for future generations.”

Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard joined the Boy Scouts while living in Washington State in April 1923. As a member of Tacoma Troop 31, he became a Second Class Scout on May 8th and two months later, on July 5th, he advanced to First Class Scout. In March of 1924, he became America’s youngest Eagle Scout.

“Of all of the various information which became important to me,” wrote Hubbard, “such as photography, wood lore, signaling and many other subjects, the basis of it was laid in Scouting.” Hubbard credited the skills he learned in Scouting with helping him survive his military duties in World War II.

L. Ron Hubbard’s 105th birthday was celebrated in Nashville by area Scientologists on March 13. To learn more about L. Ron Hubbard and his work visit For more information about the Church of Scientology and its work in the community, visit 

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