What is “Shomer Shabbat Scouting”?
Within the Boy Scouts of America, Shomer Shabbat Scout units eliminate all barriers to entry, allowing full access to the spectacular Scouting experience, for youth and families whose observance of the 12th point of the Scout Law — Scout is Reverent — includes observing the four requirements of:
- The Jewish dietary laws at all times (Kashrut),
- The Sabbath from sundown Friday to nightfall on Saturday (Shabbat),
- Thrice-daily prayer services in the morning, afternoon, and evening (Tefila),
- Opportunities for ongoing religious learning (Limudei Kodesh).
Those who observe these four requirements typically self-identify themselves with the Hebrew term ‘Shomer Shabbat’ — Sabbath observant, literally “guardian of the Sabbath.”
Once a Shomer Shabbat Scout unit is chartered (Cub Scout Pack, Boy Scout Troop, or Venturing Crew), it needs to be nurtured with a program of support that is sensitive to the above four requirements.
What is “Friends of Shomer Shabbat Scouting”?
‘Friends of Shomer Shabbat Scouting’ is a 501(c)(3) organization founded by volunteer Shomer Shabbat Scouters to organize and offer a program of support for Shomer Shabbat Scouts, adult Scout leaders, and Scout units.