Scout Shabbat Service at The Temple was February 5. During the service, Rabbi Joe Rooks Rapport thanked all the boys of Troop 30 and Venture crew 707 for all their service to The Temple, specifically noting their participation in the annual Community Hunger Walk.
Special guest Clint Scharff of Lincoln Council addressed Troop 30 and reminded the troop that scouting celebrated a 100 year birthday on February 7. Boy Scout Troop 30 is 84 years old, the oldest Jewish troop in the United States. Scharff reported that the uniform of first Jewish Eagle Scout, Sol Aides, hangs in the Council office. He also thanked caring, sharing Stan Frager for all his service to Troop 30.
Scoutmaster Dan Sturtzel said this year the troop registered 60 scouts and 40 adult leaders. The troop was awarded the Whitney M. Young Service Award for assisting an inner city troop and working at the Kentucky School for the Blind.
In July, the troop will leave for a two-week adventure trip to Wyoming and Yellowstone Park; and on August 20, members of the troop will travel to Ft. A.P. Hill to join 30,000 Scouts at the weeklong Boy Scout National Jamboree. President Barak Obama will be the featured speaker.
Two months ago, Assistant Scoutmaster Jim Hytken reported he found a trophy from 1920 YMHA with the names of Troop 30 scouts M. Grossman, H. Handmaker, I. Levine and F. Switow. He also reminded the troop that this was the anniversary of Troop 30 serving food to victims of the 1937 Ohio River flood.
During the Troop 30 Oneg Shabbat, Stan Fleck spoke about his 1955 experience camping at Covered Bridge. He remembered Scoutmaster Bill Fisher, Assistant Scoutmaster Melvin Fisher and troop sponsor Adath Jeshurun as well as camping with Chuck O’Koon, Bernard Shaikun, P.D. Berman and Steve Straus.
Troop 30 meets every Thursday in the Klein Center at The Temple at 7 p.m. Prospective scouts are invited to come and join.