Jewish Eagle Court of Honor
Don Tolin (dont@TRIB.COM)
Mon, 24 Jul 1995 07:02:26 -0600
I received this inquiry today from a scouter in California, and would ask
for any suggestions. I'll forward on any responses that I receive. Below the
inquiry is my inital response to the inquiry.
>Ok, Jewish Scouters, let's try out this InterNet Roundtable business.
>I received a query today from the proud father of a new Eagle Scout.
>>I was pleased to come across your WWW page on Jewish Scouting. We are
>>Jewish and my son, Josh, age 16, has just passed his board of review to
>>become an Eagle Scout. We are planning a ceremony for mid-September. Is
>>there any place on the internet where I can get ideas or suggestions for
>>the ceremony format and meaningful content? According to our
>>scoutmaster, the scout and his family are responsible for the ceremony.
>>Our son is the only Jewish member of the troop, but we expect a lot
>>of family to be present, including grandparents from the L.A. area.
>>Thanks for any help you can provide.
>So, how about it? Who has some suggestions for the proud parents and this
7/24/95 Response from Don Tolin:
You might want to direct him to the scouts-l listserver on the internet. I
understand that the archives should have information that may be helpful for
the ceremony. I'll pass this question on to the group on scouts-l and let
you know of any responses.
My initial suggestion is to make the ceremony meaningful to the scout and
If there are prayers in Hebrew, then explain them and translate them in
English. If they utilize any customs, uniquely Jewish, like use of kippot,
tallit, etc., explain it during the ceremony. This helps to bridge the gap
of understanding for those non-Jewish members of the troop and friends who
are non-Jewish. It also helps for the family members that may not be
thoroughly familiar with the customs and prayers as one might expect them to
be. Also, do not try to be what the scout is not. If he is reform, do not
try to be orothodox in order to "please" grandparents, etc. Likewise, do not
ignore Judaism, inorder to blend in with the non-Jewish members of the troop...
YiS, /don tolin, ASM Troop 60, Casper, WY
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