Re: Service Project Policy? (Was Re: A Couple of Questions)
Mark Wright (mdwright@GLOBALFRONTIERS.COM)
Mon, 23 Jun 1997 10:44:56 -0400
Jeff L. Glaze wrote:
> At 02:46 PM 6/22/97 -0500, "settummanque, or blackeagle (Mike Walton)"
> <blkeagle@DYNASTY.NET> wrote:
> >The service to help run the annual Pinewood Derby wouldn't, to *me*,
> >Steve...because it assists the BSA. In *my* thinking, service projects
> >should benefit those OUTSIDE of the Boy Scouts of America's sphere. It is a
> >way in which we can promote the idea that the BSA does CARE about others
> >outside of our own; and it gets the BSA and your unit out into the open, to
> >the public, where they can SEE FIRSTHAND what the BSA and your unit in
> >particular, is doing for the community and for the development of youth.
> While I agree that Mike's preference to assist the community, rather
> than scouting, is likely the preferable format of a service project for
> the ranks, there is no restriction that I find in BSA policy limiting such
> service to community benefit. We have always allowed projects which
> benefit scouting for the ranks (naturally excuding Eagle), But have always
> encouraged Scouts to perform service for the community at large!
I agree with Jeff on this one. There is no prohibition from using
service to a Pack as your advancement service hours (of course, not
including Eagle.) We also encourage our boys to find other
organizations (their own Church, or School, etc.) to perform their
service hours for.
One thing that our committee has begun discussing this month... If a boy
does his service to the Pack at the Pinewood Derby, he can accomplish
*all* of his service in one day. This has become very common in our
Troop. The boys do all of their service at once and then are unwilling
to give service at any other time. One solution which we've been
considering is to allow the boys to use only one or two hours of service
per event. For instance, if they wanted to work at the Pinewood Derby
(which this year lasted six hours, from check-in to the last race) they
could only use two hours toward the six required for Star or Life. This
would, in essence, force them to find at least three service projects on
which to work. Ideas??
CC Pack 584
ASM Troop 136
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