Danveer Singh a Tenderfoot Scout presenting at the Sikh Exhibit, NHXperience Jamboree, Concord, NH
American Sikh Council (ASC) in collaboration with the New England Sikh Society (a ASC founding member) representatives were invited to exhibit at the New Hampshire Boy Scouts Jamboree, which was held at the Loudon Speedway in Concord, NH on May 5, 2018.
Over 6,000 Boy and Girl Scouts along-with adult leaders participated in the fun-filled weekend of multiple activities. The activities included STEM, mini-formula car racing, archery, shooting, a ‘faith and beliefs exhibit tent’ and much more.
The American Sikh Council (ASC) setup a large exhibit with twelve (12) Sikh volunteers helping run the exhibit. One table was setup the outside the main tent with half the team tying turbans on the visitors. Scouts lined up get colorful dastars tied walking away beaming ear to ear! The next table was set up inside the main tent as all the Scouts and visitors were chaperoned to the inside table where multiple brochures, books, workbooks and other literature were displayed and disseminated to all the children Additionally volunteers at the booth gave away ‘Ik Onkar’ cloth patches to anyone who asked questions. A few hundred patches were given away to Scouts, who normally collect them and use them to barter with each other later.
Manpreet Singh with his platoon of Scouts in ‘turbans’ having fun at the NH Xperience Jamboree, Concord, NH
Some of the brochures given out were ‘Sikhs and Scouts’, ‘History of Sikh Americans’, ‘Bullying of Sikh American Children’ and ‘History of Sikh Americans’. The Sikh Religious Award Workbooks; Nirbhau, Nirvair, Gyan-Kharag and Khalsa’ designed for the Elementary, Middle and High School levels were displayed along-with the books, ‘Bullying of Sikh American Children – Through the Eyes of a Sikh American High School Student’, ‘Sikh Ghadar 1907-1918’ and ‘Another Aspect of the Gadar Movement’.
Pavneet Singh with some very happy Scouts in ‘turbans’ at the Sikh Exhibit, Concord, NH
The volunteers disseminated several hundred brochures as there were so many questions. The volunteers did get into discussions with some of the older Scouts and adults opening doors to better interfaith understanding. The continuous impact of these ‘exhibits’ is already having far reaching and a impact on the national scene. There are two very prominently placed photographs of Sikh Scouts in action in the latest ‘Boy Scouts Handbook’ on pages 21 and 418. Over 150,000 were printed in the first run edition in January 2016. Sikhs and related content have been included in several types of scouting material. It is time for all Sikh American children and parents to step up and do their part by joining the incredible Scouting experience in order to empower their kids to become future leaders.
Dr.Iqbal Singh, Devinder Singh, Tripat Kaur, Kaviraj Singh busy running the Sikh Exhibit
ASC volunteers tied over 400 dastars/turbans at the all-day event. All across the grass knoll there were Scouts running and playing in colorful dastars while smiling ear to ear. The feedback and comments at the end of the day were overwhelmingly positive.
Devinder Singh, Kaviraj Singh, Manpreet Singh, Pavneet Singh, Jasmeet Singh, Varinder Singh, Aman Singh, Tripat Kaur, Dr.Iqbal Singh, Kawal Raj Kaur, Danveer Singh and Kavneet Singh collectively made this event a resounding success. The entire team from the New England Sikh Society must be especially thanked for this wonderful sewa.
Due to the overwhelmingly positive feedback from the Scouts the organizers of the Jamboree have invited us for the next event.
Scouts and others in turbans at the Sikh Exhibit
All those scouts who attended this event got a special patch to wear and a collectable. The Chair of the Jamboree Brian Axtell stated, “You may not realize it, but you were one of the major HITS at the event. I heard lots about it, there are posts and pictures on the NHXperience Facebook page. So I cannot say it enough – Thanks a lot!”
Jasmeet Singh, Manpreet Singh, Varinder Singh, Aman Singh, Pavneet Singh with Scouts