Re: Double Counting Service Hours
Susan Ganther (susan@EMAIL.UNC.EDU)
Wed, 16 Aug 1995 12:04:40 -0400
You might want to ask the School administration what the purpose of the
service hour requirement is. If it is intended to expose the student to
community service for the learning experience, then Scout credited
service hours have served the school's purpose. If the purpose is to have
the students give something back in exchange for the education they are
recieving, then they have not fullfilled the purpose by recounting the
service hours done to meet Scouting advancement. It is possibly a
combination of both, in which case you may have to let the school decide
how many hours might be given double credit by the school.
You also have to consider what the purpose of service hours is in the
Scouting program. We have clear advancement guidelines, and service
performed by Scouts must NOT be performed for BSA or on BSA property but
must be in the general community. This implies that the purpose is not a
direct exchange of labor for benefits, but an educational experience
designed to teach about the community and promote citizenship and
leadership within the community. Could you consider the Scouting programs
purpose to have been met by the service hours your Scout has performed in
completing his school requirement? I really doubt it, simply because
service hours *required* for school advancement really do not teach
anything about volunteer committment. It is just another one of those
things you *must* do, like writing a term paper or taking gym class.
No one forces kids to be Scouts, no one forces them to advance in rank.
It is a personal choice, so the service hours they do for Scouting truly
are voluntary. An acid test of Scout spirit in a manner of speaking.
IMHO School required hours just can't meet this purpose.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City