scouts-l Mail Archive for August of 2000: Fwd: Re: Non-Denominational?
Michael A. Poretsky (MPoretsky@AOL.COM
Thu Aug 17 2000 - 09:19:02 CDT
Sorry. This was meant for the entire list.
attached mail follows:
Mark Dryer said:
"I see from your email address that you are writing from New York City, so you should have services which meets your particular religious needs available to you at Scout camp. When you and your son, and maybe one other boy, are the only Jewish Scouts/Scouters in the camp it's a different story - your choices are normally from religious services or sitting through
hymns, songs, and prayers 'in Jesus' name.'"
Mark is correct. I am from New York. His assumption is also correct: Greater New York Councils runs Camp Kunatah on the 14,000 acre Ten Mile Scout Camps reservation. For the first three weeks of every summer, the dining hall is kosher, meeting the highest standards of Jewish religious law.
The Jewish Committee on Scouting, of which I am the Vice Chairman for Program and Camping, provides a full time Chaplain as well as a kosher supervisor in the kitchen. The Chaplain in an Orthodox Rabbi who is selected for his ability to work with Jewish boys and men from the entire spectrum of the Jewish community.
We welcome Jewish Scouts from anywhere in the world to join us for the "kosher weeks" at a first-rate Scout Camp. It is a regular Scout camp with all of the activities you would expect: merit badges, mountain biking, swimming, water skiing, rapelling, etc. In addition, the camp meets the needs of Jewish Scouts who wish to worship daily in a minyan (quorum for public worship) as well as continue religious studies while earning merit badges. etc.
If you have any boys who might be interested in this special program, please contact me off-list.
Mark: I will contact you off list about your "problem."
Yours in Scouting,