The Dallas Jewish Committee on Scouting is a division of the National Jewish Committee on Scouting. These committees are associated with the Boy Scouts of America in their Relationships area. The purpose of the DJCoS is to promote Scouting amongst Jewish youth and to bring the values of Judaism to Scouting.
Wood Badge for Observant Jews
This coming Spring the Baltimore Area Council will be conducting a Wood Badge class for observant Jews. For those leaders of Shomer Shabbat units, this is a great opportunity to get your beads.
We are currently in the planning stages to conduct a Religious Emblems Workshop where Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA, and Venturers can work toward earning one of the four Jewish religious emblems available to Scouts of various ages. If you would like to help plan and conduct this workshop, please contact Stephen Shore at sshore@DallasJScouts.org
Jamboree Troops and a Crew are currently being formed for observant Jewish Scouts from throughout the United States and other countries wishing to attend the 2017 National Jamboree at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in WV.
The Tzofim Friendship Caravan will crisscross North America bringing Israeli culture and goodwill through their unique blend of smiles, songs, and dances in Hebrew, Yiddish, and English. The Caravan is coming to our community July 3-11, 2017, so come see the show! Available performances will be announced here. Appropriate for all ages
If you are interested in your family hosting a 17 year old member of the Israel Scout (Tzofim) Friendship Caravan, please contact Mark Zable at Zable_Mark@ne.bah.com
Saturday, July 11, 2015, the Caravan performed at the Circle Ten Council Scout Center on Harry Hines Blvd.
Click on slides to watch a slide show about the Caravan visit
College Scholarships Available
The National Jewish Committee on Scouting each year offers five scholarships woth $7,000 to Jewish Eagle Scouts who are high school seniors and have also earned the Ner Tamid or Etz Chaim religious emblems. There are three different scholarship categories and at least five different Eagles will be awarded financial aid. Application deadline for the most recently awarded scholarships was January 31, 2017. Submission of applications for this year's scholarships are now closed. The names of the recipients were announced in May 2017! Next year's scholarship availability will be announced here as soon as they become available.
In the preface to the 1908 edition of Scouting for Boys, Lord Baden-Powell shared his vision for Scouting when he wrote:
"Let us, therefore, in training our Scouts, keep the higher aims in the forefront, not let ourselves get too absorbed in the steps. Don't let the technical outweigh the moral...Field efficiency, backwoodsmanship, camping, hiking, good turns, jamboree comradeship are all means, not the end. The end is character with a purpose. And that purpose, that the next generation may be sane in an insane world, and develop the higher realization of service, active "service of love, and duty to God and neighbor.