Scout Shabbat

The National Jewish Committee on Scouting (NJCOS) urges all Jewish Scouting youth to show pride in their faith by holding a Scout Shabbat service for their unit, district or council. If a local Jewish Committee on Scouting (JCOS) exists, please coordinate activities with the official Scout Shabbat event for your council. In the event a JCOS does not exist, it is permissible to hold a Scout Shabbat on any convenient date.

Working with a Jewish charter partner organization such as a synagogue or Jewish religious school, individual Jewish Scouts and Scouters can plan to hold a short service to follow regular worship services on Friday night or Saturday morning or to take place at a school assembly. The duration of these services should only be five to ten minutes in duration and should emphasize the Scout Law and Oath (or Cub Scout Promise) in some way. A sample serviceExternal Link is available for download below, which is customizable for each individual council, district or unit.

All Jewish Scouts are urged to attend the local JCOS-sponsored Scout Shabbat or their regular worship services in their field uniforms and, if earned, to also display their appropriate religious emblems. Uniforms are also strongly encouraged for a religious school assembly.