NYLT 2020

Submitted by ykatz on Thu, 04/30/2020 - 14:44

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Friends of Shomer Shabbat Scouting is once again pleased to announce an opportunity for Jewish Scouts to participate in this premiere Scout training experience.  Last summer’s Shomer Shabbat  NYLT was a smashing success and some of our graduates will staff this year's program.

Both male AND female Scouts and Venturers who observe Shabbat, Kashrut, and make time for Tefila, can participate in this exciting, action-packed program designed for youth to learn and practice the leadership skills that will help them succeed in Scouting and in life!

  • Be a member of separate male and female Kosher patrols in this program — along with with a number of other Scouts following the National Training Syllabus for Junior Leaders.
  • There is a maximum of 64 participants in this NYLT conference, and they ALWAYS max out. Sign up now to reserve your place.
  • Friends of Shomer Shabbat Scouting has facilitated this opportunity with the gracious support of the National Capital Area Council. This program will be held June 28–July 3, 2020 (Sun to Fri) at the American Legion So. MD District Youth Camp, 9201 Surratts Rd, Cheltenham, MD 20623


  • We already anticipate Scouts coming from as far away as Texas and Massachusetts, as well as Maryland, so don’t let distance be a barrier!
  • For the Shabbat before and after this program, Shabbat Home Hospitality will be available in the Silver Spring, MD area.


Participants must:

  1. Be 14 years old by June 28, 2020 (or have completed 8th grade).
    Note: Limited space is reserved for 13-year-old participants. All 13-year-old participants must contact Mr. Michael Geller or Mr. Jeffrey Cohen in advance.
  2. Be a 1st Class Scout by June 1, 2020 if registered in a Troop. With approval from the course director, a scout, who could have gotten to first class in time but will not now due to social distancing, may be able to attend, assuming all other requirements are met. 
  3. By June 1, 2020, have experience serving in a youth leadership position.
  4. Complete your home Unit's Introduction to Leadership Skills course.
    Note: This should be offered through a Scout’s home unit. Ask your Unit Leader how you can participate in this course, or contact Mr. Michael Geller.
  5. Have at least a week of summer Scout Camp experience and be comfortable camping and cooking outdoors.
  6. Have recommendation of both the Scoutmaster/Crew Advisor and the Troop/Crew Committee.
  7. Have a current BSA Health Form (Parts A, B, and C).
  8. Commit to attending the entire six-day course.
  9. Agree to the ‘Code of Conduct for Participants in a Kosher NYLT Patrol’ (below).

What NYLT is (and is not)

NYLT is not like summer camp and is not designed for rank advancement or earning merit badges.  NYLT is an intense and challenging hands-on leadership training program.  It is essential that NYLT participants be physically, emotionally, and mentally prepared to handle the demands of this advanced training. In order to get the most benefit from this unique experience, participants must exhibit emotional maturity, a positive attitude, proficiency in basic camping and outdoor cooking, and have an ambition to serve in leadership roles.

Behavior at NYLT:

All participants agree to conduct themselves in accordance with the Scout Oath and Law. Participants in a ‘Kosher NYLT Patrol’ agree to the ‘Code of Conduct’ statement.

Expectations: We are privileged to be able to form an NYLT Kosher Patrol. Any participant not living up to the expectations for this NYLT Kosher Patrol may cause difficulty and embarrassment for others in the patrol — and the adults who have worked hard to create this. We want to make the expectations for all participants in this Kosher Patrol explicitly clear.

  1. Behavior: While all NYLT Patrols are on display, our Kosher Patrol(s) attract special attention. We must live by the Scout Oath & Law, and work to create a Kiddush Hashem in all we do.
  2. Kashrut: Scouts will have three full kosher meals daily. Scouts will not eat non-kosher food at any places such as a Trading Post, or another patrol campsite.
  3. Shabbat: Each participant’s experience may include a Shabbat before and after the program with Home Hospitality. Scouts will observe Shabbat in accord with the tone set by their host family and be in ‘Class-A’ Scout uniform. Be PROUD to represent Shomer Shabbat Scouting in America! Show leadership as you answer questions about Scouting from adults and youth.
  4. Tefila: Kosher Patrol(s) will pause for ‘Grace’ before and after meals and for morning, afternoon, and evening services (Shacharit, Minchah, and Maariv). While individual boys and adult leaders in our Patrol(s) may have many different personal perspectives on prayer, as a community our Patrol(s) will gather as one. Scouts will arrive on time and wear a Scout hat or kipah at meals and services. During services Scouts may follow along with the davening, practice reading some of the prayers in Hebrew, read the English translation or commentary in the siddur or Chumash, or meditate — as they stand and sit with the congregation. If we have two patrols, we will definitely have a minyan. Whether we have a minyan, or not, our Scouts are expected to gather efficiently for Tefila, and then quickly get on with their NYLT schedule.
  5. Limudei Kodesh: During the packed NYLT schedule, time for this will be very limited. When a few moments may be created by a member of the group for some Divrei Torah, it is anticipated that Kosher Patrol participants will listen and engage in dialogue, as appropriate.
  6. Dress: For the duration of the NYLT experience, participants will explicitly follow the instructions of their NYLT leadership. For the Shabbat before and after, Scouts will be in Scout uniform — ‘Class-A’. Be PROUD to represent Shomer Shabbat Scouting in America!! Do NOT bring clothes such as: military fatigues, sports team caps/jackets, or ‘civilian’ clothes. They will not be worn at any time.
  7. Duration: Participants in the NYLT Kosher Patrol(s) are expected to attend the entire six-day course and represent the letter and spirit of this Code of Conduct while at the program and in transit to and from the program.

Cost of the Program:

  • Early Bird cost to participate in the Kosher Patrol(s) in this six-day Course is $325 (see the sign-up form for information about the early-bird fee).

Refund Policy

  • Cancel within 3 days of registration and the entire amount is returned.
  • After 3 days from registration but not within 14 of the event the customer is charged 15% of the registration cost being cancelled.
  • Once within 14 days of the event the customer is charged 100% of the registration cost being cancelled.

How to sign up:

  1. Register below. (If you don't see the application form at the bottom of this page, or want to open it in a new window, click here.)
  2. Make checks payable to "Friends of Shomer Shabbat Scouting."
  3. Mail your payment to:
    Friends of Shomer Shabbat Scouting
    P.O. Box 4032
    Silver Spring, MD 20914

With any questions, contact:

  • Mr. Michael Geller at:   MLGeller[AT]mac.com   or  214 802-9332.
  • Mr. Jeffrey Cohen at:   JCohen[AT]troop613.com   or  301 775-7173.