Project Update: American Sikh Council

Vaaheguru Jee Ka Khalsa, Vaaheguru Jee Kee Fateh!

Thank you for your support of the National Boy Scouts Jamboree fundraising project. The American Sikh Council (ASC) participated in the National Scout Jamboree held by the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in Glen Jean, West Virginia from July 19 – July 28, 2017.  This year over 40,000 Boy Scouts and over 6,000 adult volunteers and organizers participated in the event.

We were out 12 hours a day and we had over 21,000 visitors go past our exhibit. The respect and openness of the young kids was just incredible. The electrifying effect actually made the Sikh youngsters proud of their faith. Over 11,000 brochures were given out and every Sikh volunteer was completely engaged with the Scouts, while answering questions and having discussions.

The Sikh exhibit at the National Boy Scouts Jamboree attracted tremendous attention, with constant lines of participants waiting for an hour or more to learn about the Sikhs and tie turbans. There was a stream of Scouts asking questions, and groups of Scouts gathering around Sikh volunteers who unwearyingly answered their queries.  Over a twenty three hundred (2,300+) turbans were tied by the end of the 4thday and after wearing the turbans on their head through the day, most scouts took their turbans with them as souvenirs.

The Jamboree provided an outstanding way to bring awareness about the Sikh faith to a vast number of non-Sikh youth. ASC is engaging in further collaboration with BSA, in particular propagating the Sikh Religious Awards (SRA) across the national spectrum so that anyone and everyone can learn and earn the Sikh emblems if they so choose. ASC is leading the charge for the nationwide Sikh Scouting initiative, so that children from all 200+ gurdwaras and elsewhere get into scouting to improve themselves and thrive for a better future.

Vaaheguru Jee Ka Khalsa, Vaaheguru Jee Kee Fateh!

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