Scouting America – Pack 18 – Troop 18 – South Florida Council



Troop 18, established in 2012, stands as a beacon of tradition and unwavering commitment to Jewish values. Rooted in the principles of Shomer Shabbat and adhering strictly to Glatt Kosher dietary laws, the troop fosters an environment where spirituality intertwines seamlessly with the love for the outdoors. By embracing both Jewish teachings and the wonders of nature, Troop 18 offers a unique platform for boys and girls to cultivate timeless values, acquire essential skills, and develop a profound appreciation for the world around them. In the embrace of nature’s classroom, young minds not only learn the practicalities of survival but also the enduring lessons of responsibility, resilience, and reverence. Troop 18 is more than just a scouting group; it’s a nurturing ground where the seeds of character, respect, and leadership are sown, ensuring that the legacy of Jewish heritage and environmental stewardship thrives in the hearts of generations to come.


We meet every Monday night, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Young Israel of Hollywood (Tent behind the synagogue) 3291 Stirling Rd, Hollywood, FL 33312. We welcome visitors anytime.

Boys & Girls

Troop 18 is open to boys and girls ages 11 to 17 (or age 10 if they have completed either Arrow of Light or 5th Grade).

Scout Led Troop

Our troop operates under a Scout-led model, where the youth hold the reins. Through a process of election, Scouts choose their leaders to form the Patrol Leader Council (PLC), which takes responsibility for creating the annual agenda. Together, they address all aspects of troop activities, including planning weekly meetings, organizing camping trips, deciding on meals during outings, and assigning tasks such as dishwashing and grocery shopping. This approach nurtures the development of essential skills like communication, teamwork, and leadership among the Scouts. While adults offer guidance and support, their role primarily involves assisting the Scouts in transforming their adventurous ideas into tangible experiences.

Merit Badges

The BSA program boasts a wide array of more than 135 merit badges. Through earning these badges, Scouts delve into diverse fields of interest, spanning from Rifle Shooting to Chemistry, Small Boat Sailing to Aviation, and Reading to Nuclear Science. Merit badges serve as avenues for Scouts to explore activities they might not otherwise encounter, such as Horsemanship, Welding, Canoeing, and Sailing, enriching their scouting journey with varied experiences and skills.

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