Jewish boys and girls as well as young adults in Austin experience adventure, learning, friendship, family and fun through local scouting programs. Organizations provide fun, family-oriented programs that emphasize traditional scouting activities within Jewish context. In JCC-sponsored organizations, Jewish families of all observance levels will know that their children can freely participate in activities, partake in food offered and enjoy camaraderie with other Jewish youth. In February, all scouting families celebrate Scout Shabbat together; venue rotates among synagogues so that in time all the kids can have Scout Shabbat at their shul or temple. Once a year, Jewish scouting families from across state join together at Yachad event, organized by Texas Jewish Committee on Scouting.
Cub Scouts Pack 36 – Sponsor: Jewish Community Association of Austin. Action-packed program for boys ages 6-10. Boys learn respect for themselves, their families and community, and environment. Trained volunteer leaders design monthly, age-appropriate den meetings. Den activities culminate with awards and fun at monthly Pack 36 meetings, when families are invited to cheer on scouts. Opportunity to earn Maccaabee and Aleph religious emblems. Upon completing Cub Scout requirements in fifth grade, boys encouraged to continue their scouting program with Boy Scout Troop 28. Information: Michael Rubin at email@example.com or 512-740-0210.
Boy Scouts Troop 28 – For boys ages 11-17. Open to any eligible boy, but geared toward Jewish youth, Troop 28 strives to accommodate Jewish scouts from all levels of observance. Goals: foster citizenship, build character and help boys develop physically, mentally and morally through structured outdoors program. Trained adults assist and advise scouts as they develop and progress in boy-led environment. Adults in community encouraged to participate as merit badge counselors in such areas of expertise as photography, science, law, first-aid and citizenship. Collaboration between local Jewish institutions and Troop 28 promotes religious education of Jewish youth and Jewish religious identity. Boys from all Cub Scout packs, or those new to scouting, are welcomed. Opportunity to earn Ner Tamid and Etz Chaim religious emblems. Sponsor: Congregation Agudas Achim. Information: David Mintz, committee chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 512-626-0113.
Daisy Girl Scout Troop 6 – For kindergarten and first grade. Girls meet monthly for activities that introduce them to girl scouting program, geared toward helping them discover their potential, connect with others, and act to improve world. Girls earn daisy petals for uniforms as they learn Girl Scout Law. Information: Jackie Rubinstein at email@example.com or 956-459-4421.
Brownie Girl Scout Troop 1299 – For grades 2-3. Sponsor, for 15-plus years: JCC. Seeks to build girls of courage, confidence and character who strive to make work a better place. Trained leaders provide quality, fun activities that emphasize enjoyment of traditional scouting activities with commitment to maintaining core Jewish values and experiences. Opportunity to earn Lehavah Religious Emblem. Information: Michelle Mellon-Werch at firstname.lastname@example.org or 512-826-4154.
Junior Girl Scout Troop 580 – For grades 4-5. Girls begin planning their meetings and deciding how troop is run. Seeks to build girls of courage, confidence and character who strive to make world a better place. Activities explore power of belonging and achieving, as well as teamwork and strength gained by partnering with community. Opportunity to earn Bat Or Religious Emblem. Information: Illana Miller email@example.com or 512-797-7203.
Cadette Girl Scout Troop – For grades 6-12. Meetings monthly at JCC. Girls select “interest projects”, or IPs, that are important to them individually or interested for troop to work on together. Each IP contains numerous activities, organized into four required areas: skill builders, technology, service projects and career exploration. Through activities, girls gain insight about themselves – their strengths and weaknesses, likes and dislikes. Girls begin work on Silver Award. Opportunity to earn Menorah Religious Emblem. Information: Julie Van Keer, leader at firstname.lastname@example.org or 512-418-9333.