scouts-l Mail Archive for November of 1999: Re: Community service projects...
Joseph Alessi (JosephAlessi@COMPUSERVE.COM
Wed Nov 17 1999 - 12:13:02 CST
Bruce E. Cobern wrote:
> > 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
> all the time. Exactly where does it say that an activity that qualifies
> 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
> all gung-ho) who joins the troop and then immediately goes out and spends
> 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.
Well, while I agree with Bruce's position that service projects can count as
troop activities, I feel that he picked a poor example. In my mind, an
Eagle project *IS NOT* a troop or patrol activity, in that it should not be
organized, directed, and planned by the troop or patrol leadership. An
effective Eagle project is planned and directed by the candidate himself,
and the resources he uses can come from a variety of places, and not just
his troop or patrol. Of course, it is community service, and should count
as service time for the individuals participating.
Just my point of view.
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