scouts-l Mail Archive for March of 2000: Re: Community Service
Anthony Mako (ajmako@NLS.NET
Tue Mar 07 2000 - 10:36:37 CST
<George H. Fleming wrote>
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 some precincts they have paid workers to do this, in others they have
volunteers, and in still others they have no one. Citizenship is one of the
three aims of Scouting, and this idea for a service project not only
benefits the community, it also benefits the BSA (public relations). The
Scout should remain politically neutral during his time at the booth, but I
would approve this project in a heartbeat.
2. A 1st Class Scout went to his grandmother's day care to help out.
3. A 1st Class Scout spent the evening at the local zoo helping set up
4. A scout helps clean up the park after a little league game. I believe at
the direction of the coach.
Each of these make fine service projects. Even cleaning up the little league
park is community service as long as the Scout doesn't need to be directed
to do it every time.
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!)
It sounds like free labor because schools generally have a much looser
definition of community service than we do. Community service is becoming a
big thing in education. That's a good thing as long as the school fosters
the attitude of community service instead of simply requiring it.
When the school year started, my Scouts seemed to take the opposite
position. Rather than using school community service hours in Scouting, they
wanted much more to use Scouting community service hours for school. By that
I mean they wanted to do more community service projects in the troop so
they had enough to count for School. Most of my Scouts are in the 8th grade
and need 50 hours (by the end of May). It's gonna be close on a couple of
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.
You may be a bit, but that's probably because you're looking more at the
quality of the service hours. The schools (at least the ones around here)
only seem to be worried about the quantity of service hours. As long as the
service rendered meets the accepted criteria of community service, though,
it should be accepted.
A. J. Mako, email@example.com, SM Troop 381 http://www.Scouts381.org/
Old Portage District, Great Trail Council, BSA
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