Philip Sternberg[1]

Philip Sternberg

My summer was eventful: I went to summer camp in North Carolina with my home troop, ran the Aviation Merit Badge program at the 2017 National Jamboree, and was selected to chair the Northeast Region of the National Jewish Committee on Scouting.

The pace of activities for me does not seem to be slowing down. I continue to work with my local, National Capital Area Council (NCAC) JCoS to plan and execute programs, and I am doing some very interesting things with Jewish scouts in other councils. For example, I teach Aviation merit badge to Jewish scouts at the annual Traditional Jewish Conclave in the Spirit of America Council (Boston area).

When Bruce Chudacoff, our NJCOS chairman, offered me the Northeast Region chairman’s job, he had some definite ideas about things he wanted me to tackle. Forming new Jewish units and increasing Jewish membership were his highest priorities, and they are my highest priorities too. The reason is simple: I know what it has meant for me to be a Jewish Scout, I know how important Scouting has been in my life, and how important Scouting has been in the lives of so many other fine people.

As your new chairman, I hope to visit local council Jewish Committees on Scouting, to get to know people in our communities better. I also hope that attendance at our annual conference scheduled for Sunday, March 11, 2018, will be the highest it has ever been. The Baltimore Area Council JCoS and the National Capital Area Council JCoS are working together to host the conference in the Washington, DC, area. We have a lot of great program ideas for the conference that you will be hearing about soon.

By way of background, I am an Eagle Scout and father of an Eagle Scout, a Vigil member of the Order of the Arrow, a recipient of the Silver Beaver Award, and of the Shofar award. I am a retired United States Air Force officer, having flown in combat as a B-52 pilot during the Vietnam war. I retired as the Corporate Information Officer. In my civilian career I worked for the United State Army Material Command.

Again I am looking forward with great enthusiasm to working as chairman of the Northeast Region. I follow in the footsteps of my good friend Bruce Streger, whom I applaud for his years of service.

Please contact me with your questions and comments. My email address is neregion@jewishscouting.org or you can email my personal email. My cell phone number is 703-960-0205.

Yours in Scouting,

Philip Sternberg
Northeast Region Chair