The Etz Chaim (Tree of Life) religious emblem is designed for Boy Scouts in high school, ages 14 to 17, and registered Venturers ages 14 to 20. The purpose of the emblem is to encourage the young adult to explore adult Jewish roles in the context of family, community, and Jewish people. The requirements can be completed in six months and with a counselor’s assistance.
When you and your counselor agree that you have successfully completed the requirements, submit the completed application to your local Jewish committee on Scouting or your local council service center. The emblem will be presented to you at an appropriate public ceremony in consultation with your unit leaders and your family.
You will need to select an adult who is familiar with your Jewish community to help you to complete the requirements for this emblem. The counselor should have a working knowledge of Jewish traditions and culture and be available to provide guidance. A rabbi, Jewish schoolteacher, Jewish community center executive, or Jewish youth group adviser might make suitable counselors. Your local Jewish committee on Scouting or the National Jewish Committee on Scouting will assist you in locating and selecting a counselor if necessary.
Meet with your counselor to review the requirements and to determine how often you should both meet. If your counselor has any questions about the requirements, contact the National Jewish Committee on Scouting. If you and your counselor decide that you are unable to complete a requirement because the resources necessary are not available in your community, you can contact the National Jewish Committee on Scouting for a substitute or alternative activity.
Keep a notebook of all the information you collect while completing the requirements for this award. You and your counselor will want to review it, and you might need it to complete the last requirement.
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