scouts-l Mail Archive for March of 2000: Re: Community Service
Bob Lazell (rlazell@QED.NET
Mon Mar 06 2000 - 19:37:49 CST
>George H. Fleming" mailto:gfleming2@HOME.COM wrote about community service
work he questioned.
To tell you the truth George, all but one of the things you listed sound
very much like community service to me. I don't think that just because
there are people that get paid to do things disqualifies the work as
community service when done for free by a scout. Working at a elder day
care sounds like valuable service that puts boys in a place where much can
be learned, and, anything that gets kids together interacting with older
folks is fantastic!
Ditto for the Saturday program run through the school; how much more
community-service-like can that be? It's no doubt called community service.
As someone who knows adults who couldn't find their way to a polling booth
let alone vote, the scout working at the polling place must be learning one
heck of a lot about our political system while helping people. As I said
above, just because some people do the same or similar job for money does
not disqualify something as community service; would volunteering at a
hospital be wrong because there are nurses and aide who get paid?
Same goes for the Zoo, which presumably is a not-for-profit educational
institution serving the community.
The cleaning of the park after a game is the one that does seem to be
stretching it and I wouldn't let it count unless it was something more than
cleaning up the mess made by having the game. First class service projects
(commonly called the Eagle project) can and do sometimes involve work at
public parks so, just because of it's location, does no disqualify it in my
I do believe that community service work has to be somewhat based on the
boys rank; I do not expect the same level of work from a boy in the lower
ranks as a do as the boys get older. The variety of the work you mention
actually seems quite refreshing to me. The more we get our boys out in a
variety of service to the community, the more of the community gets to see
them, killing two birds with one stone! (jeez first coats out of silver
beavers, now killing birds, what's with this guy anyway?)
SM Troop 127
Valley Cottage, NY