Re: Service hours
Lisa A. Varner (lavarner@JUNO.COM)
Sun, 1 Sep 1996 19:20:06 EDT
On Sun, 1 Sep 1996 11:46:35 -0400 Rex Goode <rexg@COIL.COM> writes:
>The operative word, as I see it, in the requirements, is "approved." I
>tend to be fairly insistent that not just any service will do, and
>except for rare exceptions, I want them to describe to me their plans in
>advance and seek my approval.
I don't know the requirements for BS. But in GS there are different
forms of service. Community service, Community Service within the Girl
Scout organization, and Service Projects.
All of which have slightly different "requirments". Certainly all things
considered service would not be considered for a pre-approved service
>Over the years, in SM conferences, I've had some pretty weak ideas
>presented as approved, and their parents are usually the ones to want
>me to accept it. Doing his chores at home doesn't count. I think
parents >should expect that kind of cooperation no matter what.
I agree with you, Rex. Chores at home, are part of being a responsible
member of any family. Although, some special chores may count as
service. For instance, something your family would normally pay someone
to do (like painting a house), and the scout jumps in and does it. This
could constitute a "service", if done without pay.
This is once again one of those gray areas of scouting. Best left up to
the person in charge, not law handed down from council. Each leader (or
scoutmaster) knows their own scouts, and knows whether a chore was done
in the spirit of scouting or out of general responsiblity to his/her
>I know the requirements don't say "approved in advance", but it helps
>me educate boys and parents as to what I would accept and what I
I'm not sure I would stronghold this, as a scout should "Be Prepared" "to
help where I am needed" and we all know this cannot always be planned.
This is a good way to level set the kids Rex, just be prepared to make
exceptions for those scouts who really go out of their way to do
something nice, but can't get to you first.
My daughter has often been called upon last minute to help with a wide
variety of GS or community events, all of which she has done, just
'cause, not because of the rewards. After the fact it is pointed out to
her they can count as service hours, but she rarely cares what her total
hours are, she gets so much more out of the work she volunteers for.
To tell which work counts as service, the scoutmaster (or leader) can see
the scout will be smiling from the inside (and probably doing little
complaining on the outside too!)
Now doesn't that turn that black and white rule book gray? ;-)
Lisa Varner <<LAVarner@juno com>>
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