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Shabbat and Havdalah

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The National Jewish Committee on Scouting urges all Jewish Scouting youth to show their religious pride by holding a Scout Shabbat service for their unit, district or council. If a local Jewish Committee on Scouting exists, please coordinate activities with the official Scout Shabbat event for your council. Otherwise, you may hold a Scout Shabbat on any convenient date.

2022 Scout Shabbat patch
2022 Scout Shabbat patch

All Jewish Scouts are urged to attend the local JCOS-sponsored Scout Shabbat or their regular worship services in their field uniforms and, if earned, to also display their appropriate religious emblems.

Individual Jewish Scouts and Scouters can work with a synagogue or religious school to plan a short service (5–10 minutes) that follows regular worship services on Friday night or Saturday morning, or at a school assembly. The service should emphasize the Scout Law and Oath (or Cub Scout Promise) in some way.

Friday night Shabbat service.

Here’s a Shabbat service for use at any synagogue or temple.

Or, download a sample service that you can customize for each individual council, district or unit.


havdalahThe NJCOS is pleased to present a special Havdalah service for Scouts to use on campouts that occur over Shabbat. Download the service here, and use it for any Havdalah services held under the auspices of the Boy Scouts of America.