Service to America -- Quality Unit
Merl Whitebook (MAWLAW@AOL.COM)
Tue, 23 Jun 1998 19:29:39 EDT
I am in need of advise. I have met with my Scout Exec and the Council
Chairman in charge of Programs, to discuss implementation of the Service to
America Program. I am a member of the Volunteer Board of the Community
Service Agency of Tulsa. I am trying to coordinate the two efforts. However,
I have been met with a general lack of interst.
As most of you know, BSA has announced its "Service to America" prgram for all
Cub Scout Packs, Boy Scout Troops and Varsity Scout Teams. The goal is for
each scout to perform a minimum of 12 hours of cummunity service to the
public. Each scout who meets this requirement will be eligable for for the
1998, 1999 and the 2000 special Sservice to America community service award
BSA requires that the project must have a defintion and real purpose, and must
hold a true importance to the participating scouts, as well as being
compatible with the aims and objectives of the Scouting movement.
Records of each scout and for the unit must be maintained. The record will be
part of the 1998, 1999 and 2000 Quality Unit Award, and included in the
report, in order to qualify as a quality unit.
Each scout who participates and completes the minimum of 12 hours may purchase
the yearly award patch. If 75% of the Scouts in a unit earn the award, then
the unit leaders are entitiled as well.
Now how do I gain the attention of the council for this most important
program. They have suggested that I can attend my District Roundtable. (not
a far reaching Council wide aproach) This seems to be a perfect opportunity
for scouting to be recognized in community wide service projects.
Does anyone have experiance in the implementation of this program. It would
be ashame for BSA to not fulfill the words of Jere Radclif f when he pledged
scouting's hours of Service to America, (as well as to teach each scout such
an important lesson, that of giving to ones community. Looking forward to
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City