Re: Service hours
Bruce E. Cobern (bec@PIPELINE.COM)
Tue, 3 Feb 1998 12:24:50 -0500
> From: Joseph Alessi <JosephAlessi@compuserve.com>
> Date: Tuesday, February 03, 1998 10:54 AM
> What National does have the right to do, however, is to decide
> what exactly qualifies for rank advancement. As Mike Walton
> noted, this is one of the areas that will be addressed in the
> upcoming program updates, since it seems to be somewhat contentious.
> He noted that the reasons for the position of only counting
> "service to others" will be given. Even without knowing the
> reasons, however, the policy is clear.
> All types of service should be a routine, normal part of a
> scout's life. We as leaders are not doing our jobs if we
> only encourage the service required for rank advancement. Remember,
> we are not here to promote eagles, but to develop citizens of
> good character.
However, just to be clear, the ONLY one of the rank service requirements
where national has proscribed service to Scouting is the Eagle Service
Project. ALL of the other service (Second Class, Star and Life) can be
done for Scouting IF the SM approves. For Star and Life the Advancement
Guidelines says "service to others" but service in a Scout camp, for
example, is CLEARLY service to others, IMO. Had they intended to include
the "no Scouting projects" rule for Star and Life then that's where they
would have put it.
Bruce E. Cobern
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City