A Sikh exhibit was spearheaded by S.Kirpal Singh and S.Mohinder Singh of the American Sikh Council (ASC) at Camp Woodland, Constantia, NY, just east of Syracuse. This year is the 100th anniversary of the ‘Order of the Arrow’ of the Boy Scouts of America. To celebrate the anniversary Camp Woodland hosted a mini-Jamboree for Boy Scouts from several surrounding states. There were a few exhibits organized and one of those was the Sikh Faiths and Beliefs exhibit which had over a dozen enthusiastic volunteers. Dr.Baljinder Singh, S.Gurwinder Kaur, S.Ravneet Kaur, S.Jaskirat Singh, S.Balbir Singh, S.Gurdeep Singh, S.Navroop Kaur, S.Jeevan Singh, S.Dilraj Singh, S.Gagandeep Singh, Dr.Methab Singh, S.Amrik Singh, S.Baljit Kaur, S.Navheevan Singh, S.Amanpreet Singh and S.Prit Singh from the Syracuse area made a special effort to make the event really successful.
Large posters, banners, brochures – Sikhs and Scouts, the Sikh Religious Awards workbooks and other material was used to explain and to disseminate information to the few hundred Scouts who visited the exhibit. Scouts, adult leaders and even the younger children accompanying their families very enthusiastically got ‘turbans’ tied while interacting with the Sikh volunteers. Every one of them kept their turbans throughout the event and took the turbans home with them. Scouts queried about swords/weapons, their significance in Sikh Religion and history; about the turban, long hair, the 5 k’s, Nishan Sahib and much more.