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Midamar supports the 2010 National Scout Jamboree

August 12, 2010

(Cedar Rapids, August 8, 2010) Midamar has recently sponsored the 2010 National Scout Jamboree held in Fort A.P. Hall, VA. July 26th to August 4th 2010.

Since 1937, the National Scout Jamboree has provided unforgettable experiences for more than 650,000 Scouts and adult leaders. More than 2.8 million young people between the ages of 7 and 20 are members of the Boy Scouts of America. This year over 45,000 scouts and leaders from the USA and abroad participated in the Jamboree.

Midamar provided samples of Halal food to National Islamic Committee on Scouting for free distribution at their booth to “Scouts of all faiths tried the Midamar Halal Beef Jerky and really enjoyed it” said Naqvi thanks to Midamar for their support & help us to set up the exhibits area. A beautiful Mosque was established for the jamboree participants with an inflatable dome and minaret that became a landmark at the event.

“The mosque was the talk of the town. People would say “Meet me in front of the mosque” said Syed Ehtesham Naqvi, Chaplain General of Islamic faith for the jamboree. “The Boy Scouts recognized us a lot. On God and Country Day, Syed Naqvi was asked to give the prayer service in the morning at the Flag ceremony” he added.
The Mosque provided refuge from the storms, shade, and a place to relax. Groups of scouts would stop by to ask questions about the Muslim faith. There were more than 30 faith groups exhibiting at the Jamboree, as one of the scouting awards is to learn about religion.

"This is the first time in 100 years of scouting for Halal food and for a mosque" said Naqvi. "This is a great pride of the Islamic Scouting." In the past Jewish scouts were getting the kosher meals during scouting activities.
The Muslim scouts were thrilled to be able to eat Halal food at the Jamboree, and at the Muslim Fellowship Day Halal Lunch were served to non Muslims scouts, leaders and guests such as Beryani, Baklawa, and dates.

Jalel Aossey, Director of Midamar Corporation and a former Boy Scout expressed his support for the Boy Scouts of America. "My favorite and most formative days were my days as a Boy Scout,'' he recalls."I really cherish those days and believe the skills and lessons acquired and learnt participating in sports and scouting pointed me in a positive direction and laid the foundation for who I am today.''

Being a Boy Scout helped him to learn more than just a few techniques of surviving in inhospitable places. "We were taught to utilise the resources around us. If you didn't have a rope, you had to make one. If you didn't have food, you learnt how to recognize what is edible and what is poisonous; you learnt how to tie a knot so your tent wouldn't blow away ... (being a Boy Scout) is about finding the best alternative and making do with what you have - if you don't have the appropriate resources,'' he says. Midamar is honored to be able to support the 2010 National Scout Jamboree and looks forward to supporting their future programs.

Bill Aossey, Chairman of the Midamar visited the Jamboree as VIP and attended the Friday Prayer at the Gilwell Park Mosque at the Jamboree which was named as first camp of Gilwell Park, UK where Lord Baden Powel starts the scouting. Prayer was conducted by Imam Pasha of Malcom X Mosque of NY, New York,
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