scouts-l Mail Archive for March of 2000: Re: Community Service
Ronald W. Fox (ronfox@MINDSPRING.COM
Mon Mar 06 2000 - 20:58:44 CST
At 07:30 PM 3/6/00 -0800, George H. Fleming wrote:
>Has Community Service been discussed lately? I'm having a hard time
>approving some of the community service request I'm getting. My Scouts
>(and Parents) and I have a tough time agreeing on what is community service.
>Here are some examples I've had problems with.
>1. My latest request from a Star Scout who wants to work at a polling
>booth tomorrow showing voters how to use the machines. (Don't they have
>paid workers for that?)
In Illinois there are Election monitors that are paid for the day, but if
there was real work for the Scout to do (how many people actually need help
with a voting machine), I'd approve this.
>2. A 1st Class Scout went to his grandmother's day care to help out.
Depends on what he did. I can see there'd be a bunch of things for him to
do, as long as he helped the group as a whole, and not just his Grandma.
>3. A 1st Class Scout spent the evening at the local zoo helping set up
Sure, this sounds like a fine volunteer project to me. It helps provide an
educational benefit to the community.
>4. A scout helps clean up the park after a little league game. I believe
>at the direction of the coach.
Is this something he has to do to remain on the team? Is the whole team
doing this, or could he avoid this?
>5. One of my scouts is involved in a "Community Service Project" in his
>school. Adults take students out on Saturday afternoons working on
>different things around the city. They get credit towards graduation for
>this. (Sounded like free labor to me!)
Yes, it is free labor. By definition volunteer service work is free labor.
I'd want to know what type of work he was doing and who benefited. This
seems more into getting into the question of "double credit", which has
been beaten around on this list before.
>Am I being unreasoning? I almost climbed onto my soap box, but I won't
>start preaching. I want to know what you all think.
>George H. Fleming
>Scoutmaster Troop 1310
>Babe Ruth District
Scoutmaster, Troop 69, Des Plaines Valley Council (W&SW Chicago Suburbs)
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