scouts-l Mail Archive for August of 2000: Deadline for Jewish Jamboree Troops (2 of 3)
Alan Houser (troop24@EMF.NET
Thu Aug 03 2000 - 18:00:52 CDT
also available at http://www.jewishscouting.org/jambo01/j2001.000802.html
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"The Shomer Shabbat Contingent" offers a spectacular 18 day program (July
15-August 1) including 8 days of teambuilding, "shakedown experiences," and
touring along the East Coast before the 10 days of the Jamboree.
"The Shomer Shabbat Contingent" has been growing - since 1989 when it was
only one Patrol, to 1993 when it was one Troop, to 1997 when it was two
Troops. Now, for 2001 we have generously been allocated three Troops. It is
now imperative to get firm commitments from all Scouts who need (or just want
to enjoy the camaraderie involved in) the necessities of observant Jewish
At the past Jamborees, "The Shomer Shabbat Contingent" has included Scouts
from across the entire spectrum of the American Jewish community and has
built bridges across the community. For Jewish Scouts, there is no test for
admission. While "The Shomer Shabbat Contingent" is just about the only way
for a Scout on the traditional end of the spectrum of the Jewish community to
participate in the wonderful Jamboree experience, any Jewish Scout is invited
to participate. All that is required is that for the 18 days of the program,
Scouts will only eat kosher food, observe Shabbat for the two Saturdays, and
participate in prayer services and scheduled activities of the Troops.
Enhanced opportunities for Jewish learning will be available, including the
availability of Bar Mitzvah tutoring.
An optional additional 14 day program is available before the Jamboree (July
1-July 15) to include additional touring along the East Coast and 10 days at
Camp Kunatah on the Ten Mile River Scout Reservation. Beyond the usual full
suite of camp Merit Badge and special activity offerings - including mountain
biking and whitewater canoeing - a special program is being planned in the
Archaeology Merit Badge for members of "The Shomer Shabbat Contingent."
An archaeologist from Harvard University will lead two simultaneous "digs" at
Camp Kunatah in July 2001. Preliminary studies, in July 2000, identified two
important sites. One, is an "historic" site of an 18th and 19th century
settlement. The other is a "pre-historic" Indian site. Artifacts have already
been recovered that are from 500 to 2,000 years old.
There is some really great Scouting ahead for participants in "The Shomer
Shabbat Contingent" to the 2001 National Scout Jamboree!
Sign up NOW to share in the fun and excitement!
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