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Welcome to the NCAC's Jewish Committee on Scouting. The National Capital Area Council's (NCAC) Jewish Committee on Scouting (JCOS) offers a variety of activities to benefit Scouts of the Jewish faith. Since its founding, our committee has conducted Friday evening services at Goshen summer camp and a Merit Badge and Religious Awards Fair in January, organized Sabbath services during Boy Scout Week, conducted a Pinewood Derby for Cub Scouts, and arranged a Memorial Day Weekend Jewish Camporee. We also assist Scouts to earn recognition in the Maccabee, Aleph, Ner Tamid, and Etz Chaim religious awards program. Adult Scout leaders also have the opportunity to be recognized for their efforts.


The NCAC JCOS is part of the Northeast Region of the National Committee on Jewish Scouting, and participates in many activities alongside other Jewish troops in our region, and across the nation. The National Committee on Jewish Scouting is overseeing the Jewish contingent at the 2013 Jamboree, which will be Shomer Shabbos and observe Kashrut at the Summit. (For more information on Shomer Shabbos Scouting, click here.)


We encourage Jewish Scouts and adult volunteers to participate in our activities. Provided for your convenience is a comprehensive list of resources available for Jewish Scouting programs. Stay tuned to this site for details on upcoming activities and programs. We welcome adult participation on our committee, which meets monthly.


Please send any updates or corrections to our Web content manager, Amy Johnson. Committee Contact: Julian Tishkoff - Committee Chair NCAC JCoS 301-424-8469


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Helpful Information

  • Scouting in the Jewish Community (Philmont) Resources

For a comprehensive list of resources available to assist in Jewish Scouting programs, click here.


National Jewish Committee on Scouting Eagle Scout Scholarship Programs

The National Jewish Committee on Scouting will award scholarships to Eagle Scouts who best meet the qualifications outlined below and on the nomination application. for details on the programs, click here.


Jewish Troops and Packs

Within the NCAC, these are troops that are chartered by Jewish organizations:


In Maryland

  • Pack 263 and Troop 263, both sponsored by the Greater Washington Jewish Community Center in Rockville. (Note: Troop 263 was recently charterted. It was formerly Troop 1948.)
  • Troop 1800, sponsored by Congregation Beth El in Bethesda
  • Troop 613, sponsored by Kemp Mill Synagogue in Silver Spring Pack 452, sponsored by the Melvin J. Berman Academy in Rockville


In Virginia --

  • Pack 1818 and Troop 1818, both sponsored by Olam Tikvah in Fairfax
  • Pack 1884, sponsored by Congregation Beth Emeth in Herndon


While the troops often work collaboratively, each is unique in its approach to Scouting within a Jewish context.


Jewish Holidays and Festivals

The remaining dates of 2013 Jewish religious observances are provided here so that Scout units and districts are aware of potential conflicts.


  • September 4-6 - Rosh Hashanah
  • September 13-14 - Yom Kippur
  • September 18-25 - Sukkot
  • September 26 - Shmini Atzeret
  • September 27 - Simchat Torah
  • November 27 - December 5 - Chanukah (This year Chanukah falls on Thanksgiving!!!)



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