Scouts and Scouters from across the United States are encouraged to attend the 2010 National Jamboree celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Scouting. Many Jewish Scouts rarely have an opportunity to participate in a "once-in-a-lifetime" experience that brings together the best that Scouting has to offer - activities, ruach, shows, and more.
The National Jewish Committee on Scouting offers a complete program for Jewish Scouts to experience the Jamboree at its best. The Committee provides:
Chaplains from the major branches of Judaism;
Kosher meals for Scouts who observe the Jewish dietary laws known as Kashrut (keeping Kosher);
Sabbath services for Orthodox, Conservative, Reform, and unaffiliated Scouts;
Sunday morning programming to engage Jewish Scouts to share Scouting experiences, their Jewish heritage, earn the Ner Tamid religious award and earn a patch created especially for the Jamboree;
A retrospective display on the history of Jewish Scouting back to the beginning of Scouting in the U.S. in the Religious Relationships area;
Sponsorship of a Shomer Shabbat Contingent of two Jamboree troops comprised of Scouts from throughout the United States. The contingent observes Kashrut (Jewish dietary laws), Shabbat (Sabbath observance), Tefila (daily prayer services), and Limudei Kodesh (religious study) and is hosted by the Northeast Region, BSA and Monmouth Council (NJ).
To attend the Jamboree, Scouts must be at least First Class. They must have completed the sixth grade or be at least 12 years of age by July 1, 2010, but not have reached their 18th birthday by August 4, 2010. All Boy Scouts and Varsity Scouts must participate in a pre-jamboree training experience; file a complete Personal Health and Medical Record, No. 67-34412, prior to the pre-jamboree training; have been active in a troop or team for at least six months prior to July 1, 2010; and be approved by the unit leader and local council.
The National Jewish Committee on Scouting is again working closely with the BSA National Jamboree staff to provide kosher meals for the Shomer Shabbat Contingent as well as individual Scouts who wish to camp with their home council, but desire to keep kosher. The online registration process offers an opportunity for Scouts to choose this option.
Scouts and Scouters interested in attending the Jamboree with their home council contingent (with or without kosher meals) should check with their Scoutmaster and register through the regular online process at the official BSA Jamboree website.
REGISTRATION INFORMATION - SHOMER SHABBAT CONTINGENT
The Contingent will be hosted by the Monmouth Council (special thanks to Lee Marconi, Scout Executive and Carl Gross, Council President). It will be comprised of two troops totalling 80 youth and adults. Dr. Howard Spielman will again serve as contingent leader. The Scoutmasters will be Sheldon Freidenreich (Troop 531) and Neil Schmerling Troop 532).
In order to attend the Jamboree with the Contingent, you will need to follow exactly the regristration process that has been set up for this purpose. For specific instructions on how to attend the 2010 National Jamboree, download the Information Packet (PDF).
Information for Scouting Professionals whose Scouts are registering with the Shomer Shabbat Contingent.