Camp Meals for Jewish Scouts
Olan Watkins (o.watkins@GENIE.GEIS.COM)
Thu, 4 May 1995 00:04:00 UTC
I am forwarding this excellent guide for prepration of food in camp for
Jewish Girl and or Boy Scouts at the request of Deidra Schneider of Florida
(73140.1075@Compuserve.Com), who is not on Scouts-L.
The following text was distributed by GSUSA to Girl Scout councils in
1994. The response in our local girl scout council has been excellent and
will hopefully be useful for other groups who are camping with jewish youth
as well. Additional
copies can be requested from: The National Jewish Girl Scout Committee.
Guidelines for Camping With Observant Jewish Girl Scouts
Jewish Girl Scouts can observe the traditional laws of Shabbat
while at the same time participating in their troop's camping
It is important to consider the highest level of observance
represented by the girls in the troop when planning. Involve the
most observant parent(s) in the planning, shopping, cooking and
attendance at the event to insure that observance of kashrut
(Jewish dietary laws) and Shabbat are adhered to.
Menus, schedules and activities should be decided in advance at
troop meetings with the girls doing most of the planning. They
might need guidance in choosing "Shabbat appropriate" activities.
For a weekend camping trip menus must be planned for Friday
night, Saturday breakfast, Saturday lunch, Se'udah Shelishit
(third Sabbath meal - a simple late afternoon snack), Saturday
supper, Sunday breakfast and Sunday lunch. Suggested menus are on
the next page.
It is recommended that Friday night dinner be a cold meal or
precooked and reheated at the campsite before sundown. Food
preparation at the campsite Friday night, Saturday lunch and
Se'udah Shelishit may include salads (fruit and/or vegetables),
relishes, sandwiches, etc.
All foods must be kosher and have the or other appropriate
symbols of kashrut.
If there are only a few observant Jewish girls in the troop they
may choose to supply their own food, which must be prepared and
cooked separately. No other changes would be necessary.
Arrival at the campsite should be at least two hours before
sunset Friday as Shabbat begins at sundown. The period between
arrival at the campsite and onset of Shabbat is needed for
setting up, organizing, kashering the kitchen equipment and meal
preparation. To insure compliance with Jewish dietary laws, the
kashering of the kitchen is necessary because the campsites have
been used by various groups preparing and eating non-Kosher food.
All preparations should be made after at least twenty-four hours
have elapsed since the last use of the equipment, and should be
completed at least l5 minutes before lighting the Shabbat candle.
Be sure to have outbuildings (latrines and wash houses) lighted
before sundown. Use of flashlights by observant Jewish Girl
Scouts is prohibited on Shabbat. However, in case of an
emergency, the leader must override this prohibition if the
safety of the girls is at stake.
For kashering the kitchen, heavy duty aluminum foil is needed to
cover the counters and line the refrigerator shelves. To kasher
the stove you must thoroughly wash out the oven and burners. Turn
the burners on to the highest heat and leave them on until red
hot. Dish basins should be used in the sink. Paper goods and
plastic utensils should be used. Disposable aluminum pans for
cooking and serving makes cleaning up easier. Cans may be opened
on Shabbat but must be emptied and destroyed.
The troop should be divided into patrols and a "kaper chart" set
up so each patrol has a responsibility at each meal; i.e.
Choppers (cook), Hoppers (set up), Moppers (clean up) and
Sloppers (serve). Each girl should get to do every job sometime
during the weekend. On Shabbat observant girls can only be
hostesses. After Shabbat they can be assigned chores as the other
girls have been.
Pork products cannot be used
Shellfish cannot be used
Meat and milk products cannot be mixed or served at the same meal
Friday evening - Challah and grape juice for kiddush, cold
chicken, salads, pareve dessert, juice, soda or tea
Saturday breakfast - Juice, cold cereal, rolls and butter, cream
Saturday lunch - Tuna fish/salmon/egg salad, lettuce, cucumbers,
peppers, tomatoes, fruit, milk and cookies
Se'udah Shelishit - Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, nuts and
raisins, hard boiled eggs, juice, soda and pareve cookies
Saturday night supper - Hamburgers/hot dogs, beans, vegetables,
pareve dessert and soda or tea
Sunday breakfast - Juice, hot or cold cereal, French toast or
pancakes, milk or cocoa
Sunday lunch - Cheese sandwiches, raw vegetable sticks, fruit,
cookies and milk
Guidelines for "Shabbat Appropriate" Activities
Prohibitions for Jewish Girl Scouts:
No fires may be lit or extinguished on Shabbat
If fires are set before Shabbat, they are to be tended properly
and allowed to burn out on their own
Please maintain proper fire safety rules for your area
Flowers and leaves may not be picked - even if vegetation has
fallen off by itself
No Girl Scout knots may be tied or untied
Writing of any kind is forbidden
Cutting with scissors is forbidden
Musical instruments may not be played
Skits - use Award handbooks as resource material
Badges and interest projects
Show and Tell
Chess and checkers
Idea sharing - Roundtable discussions
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City