The National Jewish Committee on Scouting is holding its annual Scout Shabbat weekend beginning tonight, which coincides with the observance of the Tu B’Shevat holiday. Known at “the New Year of the Trees,” the holiday celebrates nature and respect for the outdoors.
This celebration of nature is especially profound within the framework of Scouting, which encourages camping, hiking and appreciation for the divine in the outdoors.
A special Tu B’Shevat seder recognizing various species of fruits, nuts, grains and grape juices (which can be substituted for red and white wine) is available here.
Colorful commemorative 5777 Scout patches in the shape of a challah, bearing images of Shabbat candles and a Kiddush cup as well as the Hebrew words “Ani Tzofeh” (“I am a Scout.”) are available through the NJCOS website for $4.00 each plus shipping and handling costs.
Scout Shabbat is the annual observance for Jewish Scouting that runs closest to February 8, the date Scouting was founded in the U.S. in 1910.