scouts-l Mail Archive for November of 1999: Re: Service Hours
Paul S. Wolf (paul.s.wolf@ALUM.WPI.EDU
Wed Nov 24 1999 - 23:03:47 CST
"LARRY D. PARHAM" wrote:
> I'd like to get some opinions on service hours for advancement. I've
> heard two schools of thought on this issue. One says the scout can
> earn his hours individually, as long as the project is approved by the
> Scoutmaster beforehand.
That IS the rule. From the Requirements Book:
Star and Life Ranks
For Star and Life ranks, a Scout must perform 6 hours
of service to others. This may be done as an individual
project or as a member of a patrol or troop project.
Star and Life service projects may be approved for
Scouts assisting on Eagle service projects. The
Scoutmaster approves the project before it is started.
Seems pretty clear to me.
> Yes, it may be more convenient when the troop does a group project,
> but if the scout can't make that project, he can still do it on his
> own, as long as it is approved beforehand. The other opinion I've
> heard is that it can only be done when the troop does a project or
> during an Eagle Project--in other words he can only earn the hours as
> part of the troop and not individually.
That IS NOT the rule, and should not be enforced.
> The troop I'm with now uses the latter approach. We have a member of
> the committee who is in charge of planning service projects. If the
> troop hasn't planned the project, the Scoutmaster does not want to
> approve an individual project.
The SM should NOT be making that requirement.
Paul S. Wolf, PE mailto:Paul.S.Wolf@alum.wpi.edu
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