Re: Determination of Eligible Beneficiary of Eagle Scout Service
Robert F. Reeder (rfreeder@QWKSILVR.COM)
Wed, 10 Jun 1998 17:58:03 -0700
Stoddard, Thomas C. wrote:
> 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.
> Tom Stoddard
> Tecumsa District, Greater Pittsburgh Council
Is an Eagle Service Project only supposed to benefit "not for profit"
organizations? I have never heard of such an interpretation, doesn't
mean I'm out to lunch though. Most of the councils that I have been
associated with have had strict rules about service projects in that a
specified number of hours is recommended (becomes required). However,
it is the service that the scout is providing, as well as the leadership
that is shown throughout the project that is important, as opposed to
the tax status of the benefiting organization.
Used to be a Bobwhite
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City