scouts-l Mail Archive for November of 1999: Re: Community service projects...
Bruce E. Cobern (bec@PIPELINE.COM
Tue Nov 16 1999 - 16:33:02 CST
> From: Scouts-L Youth Group List [mailto:Scouts-L@listserv.tcu.edu]On
> Behalf Of Jim Peterson
> Sent: Tuesday, November 16, 1999 10:17 AM
> Now of course, scouts cannot count it both as a "troop activity" and as
> "service hours" for advancement purposes. Ya can't double dip.
This is another of those "conventional wisdom" statements that gets "quoted"
all the time. Exactly where does it say that an activity that qualifies to
satisfy more than one requirement can't be used to satisfy both?
As I read your statement you are saying that a Scout (young Tommy Tenderfoot,
all gung-ho) who joins the troop and then immediately goes out and spends a
day on each of the ten Eagle Projects going on concurrently in your troop
(yeah, its a large troop) can't count those days as "ten patrol or troop
activities other than meetings." I disagree. (Of course a TF wouldn't need
them for service, so he would count them as activities, but the theory is
there anyway.) To find and do things that satisfy multiple requirements is,
in fact, a Scout making efficient use of his time.
> Absolutely not as far as I'm concerned! ANY project which directly
> benefits the BSA in any form (any pack, troop, unit, district, council) is
> not community service but service to scouting....especially if it
Well, I agree with you about fundraisings for Scouting not being eligible
"service" time, but it is only the Eagle project where the requirements
specifically preclude service to Scouting.
Bruce E. Cobern
Founders District, Queens Council, NY