Jewish Conclave Weekend
Nature was the theme at Baiting Hollow's Boy Scout Camp the weekend of April 20 to April 22, 2012. Some 117 youths and adults (our largest group ever) participated in the Suffolk County Council's Jewish Committee on Scouting annual Conclave (religious themed camping weekend). Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, and Explorer Scouts spent two nights sleeping in their tents while all the scouts and their volunteer leaders experienced camping, attended Jewish Sabbath services, and learned about different beliefs while being Sabbath Observant.
The program kicked off on Friday night with a Sabbath dinner at the Baiting Hollow Scout Camp's Dining Hall, services at the Silverman Chapel, and a brotherhood cracker barrel. The following morning, after breakfast, a flag raising ceremony was held. It was raised as everyone saluted, sang the Star Spangled Banner and God Bless America, and recited the Boy Scout Law and Motto (Be Prepared).
The balance of the day's program included crafts, scouting skills, merit badges (archery, leatherwork, first aid, Coin and Stamp Collecting, crime prevention, and weather, to name a few) in addition to religious related activities. Before each meal, scouts sang a prayer for the meal. Kosher-style food was served; this means special food was served and meat and dairy were not mixed. The focus of the weekend was "A Scout is reverent". At day's end, some 161 merit badges were earned and another 34 were partially completed. After Saturday's meatball and spaghetti dinner, later in the evening there was another cracker barrel where everyone enjoyed a chocolate fountain and other goodies.
All participants received a commemorative patch designed specifically for the Nature-themed event. The SCCJCOS would like to thank the following Units for their support and attendance: Cub Scout Pack 221 (Manorville), Cub Scout Pack 64 (Coram), Boy Scout Troop 125 (Commack), Boy Scout Troop 221 (Manorville), Boy Scout Troop 58 (West Sayville), Boy Scout Troop 40 (East Patchogue), Boy Scout Troop 439 (Lake Ronkonkoma), and Boy Scout Troop 888 (Nesconset), and everyone else who helped make this weekend a great success (Cooks, merit badge counselors, parents and the camp staff, etc.). The camp staff was wonderful and as always did a great job.
Commenting on the annual conclave weekend, Bruce Streger, JCOS Chairman Emeritus , said, "As this was the 24th Conclave I have participated in, and it was a most challenging event. The JCOS and the Boy Scout program, continues to support Baiting Hollow Scout Camp. I'd like to mention the fact that all the adults present at the conclave are in scouting for one reason -- to make sure the youth get the best possible program in the world, the Boy Scouts of America. We mold the youth of today into the leaders of tomorrow."
As a reminder, this campout is open to the entire scouting family. Come join us next year and join in the fun. Postings of next year's activities and their dates will be listed on the Web-
For more information on the Jewish Committee on Scouting or scouting in general, please contact Bruce Streger at 631-981-0453 or JCOS Chair Barry Kopeloff at 631-872-1190.
Many of the Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Venture Scouts, and Girl Scouts and their adult volunteer leaders and scouting staff members, from all over Suffolk County during the annual Jewish Committee on Scouting's Conclave Weekend at Baiting Hollow Scout Camp (in Wading River), take a moment for a "photo op" at lunchtime on the Sabbath. The program's events for the annual Conclave weekend, held at Baiting Hollow Scout Camp on April 20-22, included scouting skills as well as religiously related activities and Kosher-style meals under the direction of the volunteer members of the Jewish Committee on Scouting of Suffolk County Council (Boy Scouts of America).