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Wednesday
May012019

NE Region Jewish Committee On Scouting Training Day

AREA SCOUTING VOLUNTEERS TAKE PART IN NORTHEAST REGION JEWISH COMMITTEE ON SCOUTING CONFERENCE TRAINING DAY

Three local Jewish Committee on Scouting volunteers of the Suffolk County Council were joined by 32 other Scouters from Northeast Regions (Boston and Cape Cod to Washington D.C.) the Southern and Central Regions (from Florida to Virginia and from Ohio to Colorado), and the Western Region, who participated in the 32nd Annual North East Region Jewish Committee on Scouting (Scouts of America) 2019 Training and informational Conference Day held on March 31 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. For the first 31 years of the annual conference, the meeting had been held on the East Coast but it was decided to try and reach out to the other regions of the country by hosting the gathering in western Pennsylvania this year.

 During the 32nd Annual North East Region Jewish Committee on Scouting (Scouts of America) 2019 Training and informational Conference Day held on March 31 in Pittsburgh, Penn., National Jewish Committee on Scouting Regional Counselor, Northeast Region JCOS Chairperson Emeritus and Chairperson Emeritus SCC JCOS Bruce Streger (of Farmingville) spoke with Dr. Julie Seton (of New Mexico), a Scouting volunteer and the granddaughter of BSA Founder Ernest Thompson Seton. She presented a class on “Early Leaders in the Boy Scouts of America.” (Phyllis Stein photo)The day-long event celebrated a century of Scouting and Jewish involvement in the Scouting community.  There were many sessions including a Skype session with the National Jewish on Scouting Chairperson Bruce Chudacoff.

As a part of the exciting and fun-filled learning and shared-experiences opportunities for the Scouts volunteer adult leaders, they enjoyed various demonstrations, a “midway” of demos and sales offerings, as well as awards and recognitions ceremonies with presentations, and various how-to’s of scouting.   All classes had volunteer Scouters from all over the country running the classes – this variety included “Early Leaders in the Boy Scouts of America “(led by Dr. Julie Seton, Scouter/granddaughter of BSA Founder Ernest Thompson Seton of New Mexico).  “Mr. Streger also participated in the “JCOS Activities Presentations by Representatives of various Local Jewish Committees”. He spoke of the Suffolk County Council JCOS’s involvement in the community with the annual Scout Sabbath services at more than a dozen temples and synagogues in Suffolk County; the annual JCOS Recognition and Awards Breakfast honoring the youths who had earned their religious emblems in the past year; the presentations of Eagle and Gold Award Recognition Certificates to Eagle Scouts and Gold Award Girl Scouts of all faiths, and the annual JCOS Conclave (retreat weekend).

The participants from this area included,  Bruce Streger, NJCoS Regional Counselor, Northeast Region JCOS Chairperson Emeritus and Chairperson Emeritus SCC JCOS (of Farmingville), Barry Kopeloff, SCC JCOS Chair (of Port Jefferson) Phyllis Stein (Assistant Scoutmaster of Troop 343(Hauppauge) and PR Chair for the JCOS), and Elliot Klugman, past member of the SCC JCOS (now of Boca Raton, Florida, who continues to be an active member since his relocation several years ago). 

Presentations and recognitions were made, including the Bronze, Gold, and Silver Chai Awards to JCOS Scouters, who had been nominated for their dedication to the Jewish scouting community. Each participant received a DVD “Handbook and Reference Guide,” Kosher meals, and a special commemorative event patch. 

JCOS of Suffolk County Council’s Chair Barry Kopeloff said, “It shows how being Jewish doesn’t stop a youth from making a commitment to the fun, personal growth, and learning in scouting in our community! There’s a lot of great ideas that I’m taking back and going to put to use in my scouting, our Council’s Cub Packs and Dens, the Boy Scout Troops and Venture Crews, and in the Jewish Community.”

For more information on joining the JCOS of Suffolk County, please contact JCOS Chairperson Emeritus, Bruce Streger at 981-0453 (or via email at wb2adf@aol.com) or join us at our monthly JCOS meetings, which are held on the third Sunday of every month at Temple Beth Chai of Hauppauge.