Jewish Committee on Scouting


Memorial Day Good Turn 2024

The Jewish Committee on Scouting’s Annual Memorial Day Good Turn will be on Sunday, May 26th, 2024 at 8:30 am. Scouts of all ages from all programs (Cubs, Scouts BSA, Venturing) are needed to assist in flag placement at over 8,500 graves of Jewish War Veterans located at 8 Jewish cemeteries (listed in the Sign-up PDF). One Unit per cemetery will be asked to pick up flags on Saturday, May 25th in the afternoon. For more information, please see the Flyer and Sign-up PDF, which are coming soon!

Event Flyer Click Here     |    Sign-up PDF Click Here

Thank you to all who participated in the 2023 Jewish Committee on Scouting’s Good Turn – we look forward to your participation in 2024!

Pictures from one of the 8 cemeteries covered, Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery last year in 2023, may be found Here.

The Council Jewish Committee on Scouts is proud to assist Jewish War Veterans Post 644 by placing over 8,500 American flags on the graves of veterans at eight local Jewish cemeteries. The 2024 Memorial Day Good Turn will take place on Sunday morning, May 26, 2024. For more information, please download the flyer above, and sign up by downloading the sign-up PDF.


Scout Sabbath 2024

(Pictured above – 2024 Scout Shabbat, front row: Liam D. from Pack 805 – holding certificate flanked by brothers Owen D. and Nathan D.; back row, Ken Etter  – Advisor to the Council Jewish Committee on Scouting, Earl Binder, Chair, Council Jewish Committee on Scouting, Liam’s parents)

Scout Sabbath 2024 was held on Friday, February 2, 2024, at Temple Israel

For information on the Jewish religious emblems, please visit the National Jewish Committee on Scoutings’ website here.


The Jewish Committee on Scouting

The Jewish Committee on Scouting serves to maintain an open relationship, to assist in fulfilling the Scouting needs of Jewish institutions, and to meet the religious needs of Scouts and leaders of the Jewish faith.

The Committee will work with unit and district leaders in providing the youth of the Jewish faith an opportunity to experience Scouting while maintaining their religious convictions. Adults will work with youth in earning their religious awards. The Shofar Award will be used to recognize outstanding efforts by adult leaders on behalf of the youth of the Jewish faith. Representatives of all branches of Judaism will be involved to ensure broad coverage of the Jewish community.

The committee will also:

  • Provide Jewish services as requested by camporee and encampment committees (Jewish services are arranged through the Staff Advisor to the Committee).
  • Encourage Cub Scouts, Scouts, and Explorers of the Jewish faith to work toward earning of Jewish religious emblems.
  • Review applications and select recipients for the Shofar Award.  Shofar Awards will be presented during Scouting Anniversary Month (February).
  • Encourage the extension of the Scouting program to potential Jewish institutions.
  • Annually communicate with Rabbis of synagogues and temples to maintain cooperation with religious leaders.


Earl R. Binder, Chairman, Jewish Committee on Scouting
Greater St. Louis Area Council, BSA

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