Re: SERVICE HOURS
hilding holroyd (blustone!chagall!hilding@UUNET.UU.NET)
Mon, 23 May 1994 08:46:10 EDT
> TO: SCOUTS-L@TCUBVM.IS.TCU.EDU
> I wrote:
> > I have allowed ANY service project in which a TROOP has participated to
> > for 2nd Class, Star or Life service project hours. I also allow anything on
> > district or council level, if they are "community service" oriented, though
> > do NOT count Scouting for Food for this type of service time. Other things
> Scott Dillard replied:
> I ditto the opinion on counting OA Ordeal hours (Not!), and several
> others have already mentioned that service towards Scouting is indeed
> usable except for Eagle.
> Hilding, I am curious and need more details, however: why is Scouting
> for Food considered differently from other troop/district/council level
> projects? You may well have some reasoning that I've been blind to, but
> we've always allowed those hours.
> Scott (firstname.lastname@example.org)
> ~ OLX 2.1 TD ~ Only one hour a week... one hour a week... one hour...
I have not used Scouting for Food because I want the Scouts to plan and
develop service projects of their own. I DO count it towards their Scout
Spirit. I do not want them to piggy-back on a National Project. Which is
why I also tend to frown on Food Drives for Eagle Projects. By making them
develop project ideas of their own, the time becomes FAR more meaningful.
Get them to think a bit. Of course, this is personal opinion.
A note regarding Special Olympics:
This was a Service Project for several years in a row. We had a family who had a
"special" athlete. [He was in my wife's Webelos den and then in my troop]
We usually got >50% turnout of the Scouts for this event. We gave anyone
who attended a minimum of 2 hours, even if they were there just for the
opening parade. Anyone who worked, carring food and water to the athletes
and refs (etc) was granted more, up to a full 6 hours. The exposure that these
Scouts had to the athletes was worth it. Our Scout brought his own cheering
section of 12 to 20 fellow Scouts. It was GREAT to see them yelling
to him and even GREATER seeing him being carried on their shoulders from one
event to another. If you have never attended a Special Olympics, do it just
once. If has an amazing effect on everyone, for "Everyone is a winner"
Hilding W. Holroyd Advancement Chairman, Tr 250
Lakewood, NJ Jersey Shore Council
Eagle Class '68 Japeechen Lodge (Brotherhood)
"I used to be a FOX!", NE-IV-54
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