Determination of Eligible Beneficiary of Eagle Scout Service Proj
Stoddard, Thomas C. (stoddatc@WESTINGHOUSE.COM)
Wed, 10 Jun 1998 17:31:08 -0400
Thought I'd ask the group, here, for comments on the following condition:
Scout presents Eagle Project for approval (I'm District Advancement Chair).
I see he wants to perform some labor, (painting, some physical improvements)
for a Child Care Center. My first reaction is that this is a business, and
not eligible for such a project (plain enough from Life to Eagle Packet).
(Plenty of Child Care centers I know are incorporated "for profit"
propositions, and are even franchised.) The one in question has a paid
staff, and certainly charge "tuition" for a parent to place a child in
there. Since I informed the scout that I had this concern and we wouldn't be
approving on that basis, I also spoke to scoutmaster and indicated we would
re-consider if there were a case made that this was a real "human service
agency". Now, my concern is, (legal eagles can step forward) what
constitutes a human service agency. If it is run as a non-profit operation,
that is one thing (I know of a lot of businesses who do not make a profit,
:-) and indeed, this may be their mode of operation, but still folks are in
there making a salary, and it can still be a business, so defined.) . If it
has qualified as a tax exempt organization, I would see that as another
factor augering for it to be so considered. If they exercised some kind of
"means" test and would accept a child from a family who could not afford
full tuition, and pay only some portion, that would be, again, another point
in favor. So, what are the criterion differentiating a "good-will" operation
in the community, private or public, (which I would allow a service project
to benefit) as opposed to a business doing business under any of a number of
fronts or permutations.
Private comments as well as general list discussion welcome.
Tecumsa District, Greater Pittsburgh Council
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