Re: Double Counting Service Hours
Hollis UTAH Cox (cox@VT8200.DNET.LSU.EDU)
Thu, 17 Aug 1995 10:03:20 -0500
Soon after I became a rookie Scoutmaster I was faced with this question
from a Scout who was going to participate in Operation BeachSweep
with a school organization (Science Club, Key Club or other -- there are
so many that now require service hours at our school that no one has time
left to study). To avoid making a decision, I told the Scout that the hours
would count only if he wore his Scout uniform. I figured that no Scout would
wear his uniform in public at a non-BSA function and would not wear his
uniform for such dirty work.
Surprise! Not only did he wear his uniform, but a photograph of him
picking up trash on the beach was prominently featured in the newspaper.
(It is very probable that the photograph was chosen because he was in
uniform). After that, I finally decided that I would double-count hours
for certain school activities and dispensed with the uniform requirement.
Our school also has a requirement for a senior service project with some
minimum hour basis. I only had one Scout request that his senior project
count as his Eagle project. I denied his request primarily because it likely
would not have met the "demonstrate leadership" component of an Eagle project.
However, it the project was obviously above the minimum typical of the
average senior project at our school and involved leadership of others, I
would be more inclined to receive the request favorably.
YiS -- Utah Cox, ex-SM, Troop 1, Episcopal High School, Baton Rouge,
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