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The Jewish Faith and Being a Scout in Adventure Scouts USA PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 28 November 2007 01:37

The Scout Programs of Adventure Scouts USA encourage our Scouts to have a spiritual approach to life.  We provide the leadership to support the growth and character development of our co-ed membership and the greater community.  We accomplish this by providing contemporary skill-oriented activities that enrich individuals on a non-discriminatory basis.  We put principles of mutual respect into practice through FUN social activities, enhancing character as instilled by parents, personal achievement, learning by doing, and related educational programs promoting good character in our members and the greater community.

We enable our Scouts to understand and live their life by the six pillars of CHARACTER COUNTS!, and we expect our Scouts to be as good as their word.

Our teams may be sponsored by Jewish temples and organizations.  Our Team Sponsors are those who work for the benefit of youth and others.
Through a yearly renewable agreement, Team Sponsors use our Scout Programs as part of their effort to benefit the youth in their congregation and other youth in the community.  Team Sponsors may control program content, membership in their team, and religious responsibilities. 

Together, the Scout Programs of Adventure Scouts USA along with Jewish Temples and organizations can increase participation by Jewish families, and strengthen Jewish values through character education, our policy of non-discrimination, and a sense of belonging.

We welcome Jewish Scouts and members and enable fulfillment of their religious responsibilities.

We assist our Jewish Scouts and members to integrate their faith into everyday life and help families to share their faith on their child’s journey of faith.
Our policy of nondiscrimination is consistent with Judaism's stance that all are welcome in the Jewish community and synagogue, even those with differing opinions. The Jewish tradition affirms belief without rejecting those who doubt. 

We encourage our Scouts to have a spiritual approach to life and to discover the wonder and awe around every corner.

Jews strive to fulfill the highest ethical mandates in relationships with others to bring peace, freedom, and justice to the world, to act against discrimination, and to protect the Earth.

“What is hateful to you, don’t do unto your neighbor” is a Jewish principle and we enable our Scouts to respect each other and others.  Judaism is concerned more with actions than words.  Similarly, the Scout Programs of Adventure Scouts USA ensure the participation of all is based upon inclusion. 

Our Scouts Programs embrace “Tikkun Olam”, the principle of repairing the world through the pursuit of social justice, and “Avodah”, the concept of Silent Service.

Our Scouts also take part in service to the greater community.  Our Scouts regularly adopt comprehensive projects of service which they choose, organize, and lead.  Our highest award, the Challenger Award, is a comprehensive undertaking which results in a substantial change for their communities, and must be sustainable without them.
Jews believe that free will and choice are important and that people are responsible for the choices they make.  This is demonstrated when one substantially acts against all forms of bigotry, particularly when sacrifice is necessary.  Similarly, choice is an essential part of our Scout Programs.  Our Scouts choose, organize, and lead their meetings, programs, and activities and they are committed to "Hakarat Hatov", the searching out and recognition of goodness.

Community is very important to the Jewish faith and we enable a sense of community and belonging in our Scout Programs.  Our Scouts spend time with parents, multiple generations and extended family.

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