Pictured above: The members of Family Cub Scout Pack 210.
By Steven Troy, Adjutant, Scottsdale Post 210 Jewish War Veterans
On Dec. 2, the first Cub Scout Shomer Shabbat Kosher Family Pack in the nation received its charter. The Jewish War Veterans Post 210 in conjunction with the Jewish Committee on Scouting of the Grand Canyon Council Boy Scouts of America has chartered Family Cub Scout Pack 210. According to the National Jewish Committee on Scouting, this pack has the distinction of being the first Shomer Shabbat/Kosher Family Cub Scout Pack chartered in the new Boy Scouts of America Scouting program in the United States. (Which means that both boys and girls can join.) All children, no matter their religious affiliation. are welcome to join the pack.
The pack enjoyed it’s first official meeting on October 21 at Beth El Congregation located at Glendale and 12 Ave. and meets there weekly.
Scouting has been around since the first book on the Scout Movement, Scouting for Boys by Robert Baden-Powell was published in Great Britain. At the time, in 1908, boys and girls spontaneously formed scout troops The Boy Scouts of America was inspired by and modeled on the Boy Scout Association, established by Baden-Powell. In the early 1900s, several youth organizations were active, and many became part of the BSA. The “family” designation is part of the new BSA option officially welcoming girls into the pack structure, in their own dens; the next age level up, the Scout Troops, will begin chartering all-girl troops beginning February 1, 2019. In general, girls have been included in the older Venturing, Sea Scouts and Exploring for years.
JWV Post 210 noticed social media postings over the past couple of years of parents asking if such a pack existed in Phoenix, and, understanding the plethora of benefits the Scouting movement could bring to the children of the Jewish community at large, felt it was important to step up to the plate and charter this new unique-to-Phoenix pack. The life experiences that scouting brings will live and prosper within the children, both boys and girls, who are fortunate enough to be part of the adventure. Cub Scouting teaches the scout to “do their best” and to be helpful to others. It will help to build self-esteem and teaches “middos” and values consistent with good citizenship, character development and physical fitness. Cub Scouts learn to have good wholesome fun with hands-on activities from making a car for the annual Pinewood Derby to flying model rockets or kites out on field trips. This is all done with the leaders of the pack and the scouts’ parents. Cub Scouting exists to support family and help enrich family time.
All of these projects and activities give the scout an opportunity to advance in rank from Bobcat to Tiger, Wolf, Bear and then to Webelos all the while earning awards to put on their uniforms.
The mission of the National Jewish Committee through its local committee “is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of Judaism as expressed in the Scout Oath and the Scout Law.” Jewish War Veteran Post 210 is happy to be involved in providing such an opportunity to the Jewish Community of Greater Phoenix and plans are in the works to expand soon with a scout troop as well.
For more information, contact Rochel Hayman at 602-218-0353 or Seth Rosenberg at 410-336-6118 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.