Shevet Tapuz, the Israeli Scouts of Orange County, is part of Tzofim Tzabar, the Israeli Scouts of North America, which is an apolitical, non-sectarian organization. Tzofim Tzabar emphasizes social and moral development. It aims to strengthen the relationships between Israel and North American Jews, project Israel in a positive light, promote teamwork, tolerance and respect among people of all faiths, and form strong bonds between the Israeli youth living abroad and in Israel.
The program helps young people to develop physically, intellectually and socially, through age-specific activities including simulation games, discussions, projects, camping trips, ceremonies, holiday celebrations, music and sport, in a fun and stimulating way.
The Scouting program is conducted in Hebrew. The activities are youth-led and provide opportunity for young people to experience the responsibility and leadership of guiding others. The Israeli Scouts are also active in the Jewish community of Orange County, organizing and leading events such as “Tekes Yom Hazikaron (Israeli Memorial Day Program), the Purimon (Purim Carnival) and the Caravan show.
Shevet Tapuz holds weekly activities, usually on Sunday afternoon, at the Jewish Community Center in Irvine. The meetings are organized and led by Merakez Ha-Shevet (Troop Leader) and the Shachbag (Young Leadership, 10th -12th grades), with the support of Vaad Ha-Horim (Parents Committee).
In addition to the regular weekly meetings, the Tzofim program includes Yom Tzofe (Scout Day), Summer Camp, Leadership Camp, and other fun activities. The scouts are expected to wear the Tzofim Uniforms (“Chaki” clothes) for the weekly activities.