Re: (Altar) Service Hours
Jim Sleezer (JHS8@OSUVM1.BITNET)
Wed, 21 Jul 1993 13:10:12 CST
Marc, when it comes to service, there is a lot of room for interpretation.
In our troop we require that service be to community, school, or church.
We do not allow credit for anything for which the Scout gets any kind of
compensation. For instance, many Scouts serve as volunteer ushers at the
university sports events. We don't allow this as service because they are
admitted free and get to sit and watch most of the game. We don't allow
service hours for work done in association with a school class. One Scout
did a school project helping senior citizens shop at Christmas. This was
a required part of his school activities and no service time was allowed.
We also do not count participation in the Troop Good Turn for service time.
We did count time when the troop was asked to help clean up a park area
after a flash flood.
One thing you may want to consider is that the requirement says participate
in an approved service PROJECT. We generally do not consider ongoing duties
as service projects and I would classify serving as an alter boy in this
category. Therefore, I would not approve this as a service project. To
avoid problems, we suggest that Scouts get approval before the project. If
they don't, and it doesn't meet our guidelines for approval, then it doesn't
BTW, the SM has "delegated" approval to all the ASMs. One scout went from
ASM to ASM trying to get an ok. Each time his story changed a bit until
finally someone said ok. It was signed off but when he asked to get an ok
for show Scout spirit, questions were raised. He suggested that he wasn't
really following the spirit of the requirement and that maybe he should do
another project before meeting the BOR.
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