Re: OA Work & Service Hours
hilding holroyd (blustone!chagall!hilding@UUNET.UU.NET)
Thu, 19 May 1994 09:27:37 EDT
> Last night on of my Scouts asked me a question, and I think I know the
> answer but would like some additional input:
> This Scout is a First Class scout needing one merit badge for his Star. He
> has been First Class for 5 months, and next Court of Honor is slightly less
> than a month off. He is concerned about his service hours for Star.
> This weekend he will be attending our O.A. Spring Fellowship, as an ordeal
> candidate, and was wondering if his time there will count towards his
> service hours. I am fairly sure that service to the Scouts -- which O.A.
> work would be -- cannot be counted towards service hours for rank
> advancement. I know for sure that the Eagle project cannot benefit only
> the Scouts or the Scout Troop. My question is whether this is also true for
> the lower rank service hours (2nd Class, Star and Life)?
> Ronald B. Oakes
> Scoutmaster, Troop 91
> Palatine IL
I have allowed ANY service project in which a TROOP has participated to count
for 2nd Class, Star or Life service project hours. I also allow anything on the
district or council level, if they are "community service" oriented, though I
do NOT count Scouting for Food for this type of service time. Other things which
I (as SM and Adv. Chair) have deemed as qualifying are: Eagle Project work,
working at a Special Olympics, visiting Nursing Homes, some church work could
I have not been asked about OA. I probably would NOT allow it in this case for
is his ordeal weekend. If he was simply going to the weekend and working as a
I think that I would count it as service time.
This could be a grey area. I, also, would be interested in others' opinions.
Hilding W. Holroyd Jersey Shore Council
Adv. Chairman, Tr 250, Lakewood, NJ "I used to be a FOX!", NE-IV-54
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