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Accession number 2013.01
Object Name Manuscript
Title Jewish Committee on Scouting - Detroit Area Council Records
Collection Jewish Committee on Scouting - Detroit Area Council Records
Date 1957 - 1965
Scope & Content The bulk of this collection covers 1957-1961 of the Detroit Area Council, including board meeting minutes and program flyers.
Admin/Biographical History Around 1910, Jewish philanthropist Fred M. Butzel attended a national conference on scouting. Believing the scouting movement a meaningful way to teach boys leadership skills, he helped to organize the Detroit Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Butzel served as its first treasurer. One of the first troops organized was Troop 23, which was run out of the Hannah Schloss Memorial Building.

I n1926, the National Jewish Committee on Scouting was founded and the Detroit area established a council. Its purpose was to provide scouts of Jewish faith with facilities for observance, advise the Boy Scouts of America in matters affecting religious policies, stimulate Jewish programs for scouts, and encourage religious organizations to sponsor troops. It also promoted and administered the Ner Tamid Scout Award, which honored a scout who showed exceptional scholarship in Jewish studies, along with service to their community and synagogue.
Extent of Description .21 Linear Feet
Search Terms Jewish Committee on Scouting
Detroit Area Council
Boy Scouts of America
Finding Aid Click here to view Finding Aid.