Jewish Cub Scout Maccabee Award
The Scouting Center (xx348@CLEVELAND.FREENET.EDU)
Fri, 2 Dec 1994 23:45:03 -0500
Here are some information on, and the requirements for, this award:
The Maccabee Emblem for Tiger Cubs
What is the Maccabee Emblem?
The National Jewish Committee on Scouting developed the Maccabee Emblem to
help Tiger Cubs, who are Jewish, learn more about Judaism. It will also
Help them earn the Aleph Emblem as a Cub Scout or Webelos Scout, and the
Ner Tamid Emblem as a Boy Scout, Varsity Scout, or Explorer.
The Maccabee emblem takes its name from Judah Maccabee and his brothers, who
led the military and religious struggle against the Syrian Hellenist King
Antiochus, who attempted to suppress the practice of Judaism. Their revolt
ended in victory with the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem in the
year 167 BCE. The holiday of Hanukkah celebrates this victory.
When may a boy start working on the Maccabee emblem?
As soon as he joins Tiger Cubs. All requirements must be completed prior
to Tiger Cub graduation (at the end of 1st grade).
How do I Start Working on It?
Follow these simple steps:
1. Along with your parent or adult partner, ask your rabbi or
religious school teacher to serve as your counselor.
2. Start working on the activities/requirements (below) and keep a
neat record of your work in a notebook
3. As each activity/requirement is completed, discuss what you have
done with your adult partner.
4. When you have finished all of the activities/requirements, have
your adult partner and counselor Certify your application and send
away for the emblem. The notebook is for you to keep and use.
(If there is a Jewish Committee on Scouting in your Council,
check with them to see if they will order the emblem for you.)
5. It is recommended that the emblem presentation be made at a
service at the synagogue, Tiger Cub Graduation, or another
appropriate and timely event.
How Do I Meet the Requirements?
The requirements that follow are subdivided into six categories:
Jewish Names, Holidays, Terms, Symbols and Objects,
Community Helpers, and Heroes.
These categories were selected with several considerations in mind. A
broad based curriculum of Jewish life should include these elements. In
addition, they should be sufficiently simple for first graders to manage
and should appeal to youngsters of diverse interests.
Needed resource materials should be readily available either in the library
of the local synagogue, Jewish School, or community worker. Where none of
these resources exists locally, it is recommended that one or two standard
books on Jewish Crafts, songs, holidays, etc., be purchased.
Virtually all of the requirements should lend themselves to fulfillment at
home with the active assistance of a parent.
The total assignment should be completed within a 9 month time frame or
ACTIVITIES FOR EARNING THE MACCABEE EMBLEM
In your notebook, provide the following Jewish names:
1. Your own 4. One grandfather's
2. Your mother's 5. One Grandmother's
3. Your father's 6. A synagogue in your area
In your notebook, provide the Hebrew names of four of the
following Jewish holidays. In addition, tell three facts about
each of the four and carry out at least one suggested activity
connected with each of the four holidays.
1. Passover 6. Feast of Booths
2. New Year 7. Feast of Weeks
3. Day of Atonement 8. Israel Independence Day
4. New Year of the Trees 9. Feast of Lots
5. Sabbath 10. Festival of Lights
In your notebook, tell what each of these terms means.
1. Mazal Tov 4. Torah
2. Shalom 5. Mitzvah
3. Yom Tov
IV. SYMBOLS, OBJECTS AND ARTICLES
In your notebook, identify five of the following objects. Indicate
how they are used. Draw three of the five articles or construct
them out of wood, oaktag, cardboard, Styrofoam, metal, or other
materials as suggested.
1. Siddur (prayer book) 6. Menorah
2. Shofar 7. Dreidel (S'vivon)
3. Mezuzah 8. Tallit (Tallis)
4. Matzah 9. Haggadah
V. COMMUNITY HELPERS
In your notebook, briefly tell what two of the following persons do.
In both cases, give the name of one such person in your community
or in a nearby one. Interview one of them.
1. Rabbi 4. Jewish Community
2. Cantor Center worker (JCC
3. Jewish Educator or YMHA)
If you wish, you may substitute a Sofer (scribe) or a Jewish
Federation worker for one of the above.
In your notebook, tell briefly about five of the following
1. Abraham 6. Hillel
2. Moses 7. Rabbi Akiba
3. King David 8. Haym Solomon
4. Mordecai 9. Theodor Herzl
5. Judah Maccabee 10. Anatoly (Natan) Shcharansky
With the approval of your counselor, you may substitute three of
the following for three of the above names:
Deborah, Queen Esther, Maimonodes,
Chaim Weizmann, David Ben Gurion, Golda Meir
The above requirements, a record sheet, and the application form for the
Maccabee Emblem are printed in a booklet available from your local Council
of the Boy Scouts of America (Publication Number 7165)
A Counselor's Guide is also available from BSA, and should be used in
conjunction with the pamphlet.
Paul S. Wolf aa854@Cleveland.Freenet.Edu
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City
Sysop, The Freenet Scouting Center President, Great Lakes Region
Greater Cleveland Council, BSA Federation of Jewish Men's Clubs
The Scouting Center
A Service of the Greater Cleveland Council
Boy Scouts of America