Etz Chaim

for older Scouts and Venturers  Click here for the requirements for the Etz ChaimExternal Link

The Etz Chaim (Tree of Life) Award is designed for Boy Scouts in high school, ages 14 to 18, and registered Venturers ages 14 to 20. The purpose of the award is to encourage the young adult to explore adult Jewish roles in the context of family, community, and Jewish people. The requirements can be completed in six months and with a counselor’s assistance.

Selecting a Counselor

You will need to select an adult who is familiar with your Jewish community to help you to complete the requirements for this emblem. The counselor should have a working knowledge of Jewish traditions and culture and be available to provide guidance. A rabbi, Jewish schoolteacher, Jewish community center executive, or Jewish youth group adviser might make suitable counselors. Your local Jewish committee on Scouting or the National Jewish Committee on Scouting will assist you in locating and selecting a counselor if necessary.

Meet with your counselor to review the requirements and to determine how often you should both meet. If your counselor has any questions about the requirements, contact the National Jewish Committee on Scouting. If you and your counselor decide that you are unable to complete a requirement because the resources necessary are not available in your community, you can contact the National Jewish Committee on Scouting for a substitute or alternative activity.

Application Form

Download an application form  for the Etz Chaim religious emblem.

Workbook

Download the workbook  for the Etz Chaim religious emblem.