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WPCBSA Jewish Committee on Scouting

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Mission Statement

The mission of the WPCBSA Jewish Committee on Scouting is to promote Boy Scouting among Jewish youth, to help Jewish institutions to provide Scouting opportunities for Jewish youth, and to promote Jewish values in Scouting through program helps and the religious emblems program. 


2020 Scout Shabbat Services

2020 Scout Shabbat Flyer

4 Locations to Choose From

WHEN – Saturday, February 1, 2020 – 7:00 PM - Havdalah Service
WHERE – Beth El Synagogue Center
1324 North Avenue
New Rochelle, NY 10804
RSVP & INFO – Rob Weber –

WHEN - Friday, January 31, 2020 at 7:00 PM
WHERE - Temple Israel of Northern Westchester
31 Glengary Road,
Croton-on-Hudson, NY
RSVP & INFO - Melissa Frey – [Click for member's page]
or Maria Considine -

WHEN – Friday, February 7, 2020 – 7:00 PM
WHERE – Temple Beth El / The United Hebrew Center
141 Deer Hill Avenue
Danbury, CT 06810
RSVP & INFO – David Eppinger – [Click for member's page]

WHEN - Friday, February 28, 2020 at 8:00 PM
WHERE - Reform Temple of Putnam Valley
362 Church Road, Putnam Valley
RSVP & INFO - Carole Henkin -   [Click for member's page]

Scouts of all faiths are invited to attend.
First 20 scouts to arrive will get a 2020 Shabbat patch!
Coordinated By:
Westchester-Putnam Council Jewish Committee on Scouting

Westchester has largest group of scouts at the New Jersey Jewish Scout Kinus!


I just came back from an incredible campout with the New Jersey Kinus which is a shomer shabbat camping weekend at camp Nobebosco with scouts from Richmond Virginia to Canada This year over 300 people attended. Westchester putnam Pack 613, Troop 613 and the newly formed shomer shabbat offshoot girl scout troop 1790 was the largest contingent at the event with 45 people. Most years the cub scout and boy scout kinus are on different weekends, but due to shavuot, they were combined. My first Cub scout Kinus in 2012 Westchesters entire contingent was my 2 sons and I. As usual it was an awesome event with both orthodox and conservative shabbat services, baseball, soccer, football, fishing, bb gun shooting, rifle shooting and archery. The food was terrific. 
Rob Weber
Cub master Pack 613
Westchester's shower shabbat  troop








The Scout Manual states, “A Scout is reverent toward God. He is faithful in his religious duties. He respects the beliefs of others.”

Simplistically, going to Synagogue, observing and celebrating Jewish Holidays, and following the Commandments would make one reverent. However, I believe there are other facets to being reverent.

Jews must be ethical. We must be ethical not because some secular law says so, but because God commands it of us.When we Scouts practice the first two points of the Scout Law-trustworthy and loyal- we are being ethical in our dealings withour fellow man. This is an example of being reverent. As Jews, we are commanded to protect God’s creatures.

The Scout Law requires, either directly or indirectly, that we do just that. For example, the ninth point of the Scout Law states that we must be thrifty. This means protecting and preserving natural resources. In this way we are protecting God’s creatures and their habitat. When we go camping or hiking and practice Leave No Trace, we are helping the environment and therefore being reverent.
Jews have a concept known as Tikkun Olam the healing of the world. We believe it is a Mitzvah to try to make the world a better place for everyone. As Scouts, other points of the Scout Law require us to be helpful, friendly, courteous, kind and clean in mind and body. When we are helpful to others, friendly to strangers, courteous to our neighbors, kind to those in need, and clean in words and deeds, we perform Tikkun Olam, we heal the world thereby making the world a better place for all.
All the above show that a Scout is reverent when he lives the Scout Law. A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent. Living the first eleven points of the Scout Law goes a long way towards making a Scout reverent in God’s World.
Joseph G. Greenfield, Asst. Scoutmaster
Troop 1 Mahopac, NY
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