Re: Double Counting Service Hours
Rodger Morris (rodger@FISHNET.NET)
Fri, 18 Aug 1995 12:01:27 GMT
Peter Murphy wrote:
>...all 7th graders will be required to perform 15 hours
>of service projects during the year and 8th graders will be required to
>perform 25 hours of service. This service can be to the school, the parish,
>or to the community.
The parochial school certainly has the prerogative of requiring this of
the students enrolled in that school.
>My question is should the service hours the boys in our Troop are required
>to perform for Scouts be in addition to the service hours required by the
Perhaps I am missing something in all the postings I have read. If the
parochial school wishes to recognize Scouting service hours, I have no
problem with its doing so. If the community service time that a Scout
does in the course of his Scouting activities is worthy, then having a
parochial school recognize its worth does not diminish that worth.
If we agree on this, then the only question is the separate and distinct
question of whether community service hours performed by a Scout to
fulfill a mandate from a parochial school should be counted as Scouting
community service hours.
The answer, of course, is, "It depends." I would examine cases that
arise in re the latter question on a case by case basis. The overriding
principle here, is that, in the words of B-P, "In the case of a reasonable
doubt, let the decision be made in favor of the boy."
As always, YMMV.
Yours in Scouting,
Rodger Morris <email@example.com>
Assistant Scoutmaster, Troop 852, Camarillo, CA
Ventura County Council, Boy Scouts of America
National Woodbadge 416-18, Philmont, 1973
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