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Teen Israeli Scouts Visit Philadelphia on Goodwill Tour

By Steve Tawa

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) -- A group of Israeli Scouts on a three month tour of the US shared their lives today through song and dance at the Klein Jewish Community Center in Northeast Philadelphia.

The ten teenagers and their two co-leaders have been in cities large and small, from Maine to North Carolina.

Oshri Harush says the Israeli Scout Friendship Caravan is a bit different than the traditional scout troops we have here.

"First of all, it's coed -- boys and girls together -- and we do teamwork activities," he tells KYW Newsradio.

Seventeen-year old Heli says they want to share their Israel.

"We're bringing the good, the spirit, and the warm feeling that we give to the families and people that we meet," she says.

Another teen, Tomer, says there are about 80,000 Israelis involved in scouting, the biggest youth movement there.

"I think I represent the teenager spirit and the State of israel," he said today.
There are four Friendship Caravans that visit each summer in the US, this one visiting Philadelphia and the northeast, southeast, midwest and west coast.

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