Woodbadge NE-II-75 prayers
Rob White (rsw@TFS.COM)
Tue, 5 Sep 1995 13:34:58 -0400
I'm back from Woodbadge NE-II-75 held in New York State.
This Woodbadge course was billed as the Second Sabbath Observant
Woodbadge course. What that means is that the course was taylored
for Orthodox Jews. Periods were set aside for daily prayers, all food
was strictly Kosher, and observance of the Jewish Sabbath took place
(no work, no cooking, no woodbadge classes, no writing, etc). Services
for those of other faiths were also held.
What surprised me most about this course were the number of non-Jews
who attended. A little less than half the number were either
LDS, Catholic, or Protestant. My patrol was made up of two Jews,
two Catholics, and two Mormans. I shared my tent with a wonderful
Lubavitch Rabbi whom I will forever call my friend. In fact, I will
call all the members of my patrol friend forever! We spent eight days
working together, learning together, sharing, and learning about each other.
We didn't agree on everything, but we did learn to understand each other
and share each other's pain and accomplishments. I seriously doubt that
participants in the weekend Woodbadge courses can grow as close as those
who participate in the weeklong courses, but I hope they do. What a feeling!
The instructors of the course were real professionals! The planning for this
course started three years ago and wow did it show! The Scout Master
(Methodist) was top notch. He had a thought for each day that was really
great. We all wanted copies.
This brings me to one item that I thought was very well done and would like
to share with all of you. It concerns prayer. Before each prayer, the
Scout Master asked us to turn our thoughts to a particular thought and
then permitted those who wish to remove their hats for the prayer.
Something like this:
"I now ask you to join me in silent prayer. As you pray please
turn your thoughts to our loved ones who we all miss so much.
Those who wish, please uncover at this time for a moment of
I thought it was very well done and nobody was offended.
I plan on introducing the concept to my troop.
More later, but I have two weeks of e-mail to read.
Rob White rsw@tfs.COM
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