Scouts-L Mail Archive for April of 1999: Re: Service Time
Re: Service Time
Thu, 1 Apr 1999 10:12:23 -0500
>> How do the troops that you are involved with make
a decision concerning service time ? What do you
consider service time ? Who makes the decision ? <<
Good question, Chuck!
In my son's troop, only your second example would
count as service time.
One of the aims of scouting is to develop good citizens.
A part of being a good citizen is service to the
community. We consider service to scouting as really
being service to ourselves, so it doesn't count.
Cleaning Grandma's attic would be service to family,
so it doesn't count (unless you clean my Grandma's
Many of our scouts do community service as part of
their school duties - we do count this (we have no
hang-ups about "double dipping"). Examples of the
type of things we consider are road clean-ups, =
volunteering at the local library, assisting at
food kitchens, and serving as unpaid counselors at the
township's summer activity programs.
Since a scout is trustworthy, normally his word is
good enough. If he says he volunteered at the library
for six hours last month, we would accept it unless
there were indications to the contrary. What we would
do then depends on the situation - a call to the
library to verify, for example, might happen. As an
aside, if the call showed that he didn't actually
provide the service time, a SM conference would be
held discussing "living the Scout Law".
IMHO there is no difference between Service to America
time and Rank Advancement service time.
Joseph A. Alessi in Ozwin 2.21
Vice Chair - Program, Lafayette District
ASM Troop 313, Cradle of Liberty Council
Adviser to the Treasurer, Unami Lodge
I used to be an Owl