A visit to Yawgoog


Since the early 1900s, many Boy Scouts have spent part of their summer at Camp Yawgoog, in Hopkinton, R.I. Yawgoog – formally the Yawgoog Scout Reservation – is run by the Narragansett Council, Boy Scouts of America. Rabbi Sol Goodman is the Jewish chaplain at the 1,800-acre camp, and this year he brought in Elihay Skital, Rhode Island’s Israeli shaliach (emissary), for two programs.

Skital said he spoke to two groups for 90 minutes each and the kids “were incredible. They asked so many great questions, especially about Judaism.”

He said that many of them knew nothing about Israel and barely anything about Judaism.

“This was one of the most meaningful experiences I’ve had in my time here,” Skital said.

Fran Ostendorf

Camp Yawgoog, Boy Scouts, Shaliach