scouts-l Mail Archive for March of 2000: Community Service
David Delman (delman02@YAHOO.COM
Thu Mar 09 2000 - 07:52:14 CST
< 6 Mar 2000 19:30:26 "George H. Fleming" <gfleming2@HOME.COM>
I looked a couple of places to see what I could find for you to
read and answer this question with your troop committee, scouts
and parents. The ScoutMasters Handbook Pg: 172-175 has an entire
section on Community Service that looks pretty good and does
seem to not recommend some of the service items you questioned.
Beyond this is the BoyScout Requirements Book and the District
Advancement Booklet that briefly describes star and life and
spends more time on Eagle Service Projects. The Eagle verbiage
can be useful as a reflection back down line to life and star
YET you have to be careful not to use all the Eagle limitations
for star/life ranks.
Since approval at ranks below Eagle are normally internal to your
troop SM-GeorgeF and his SM-Core/Active Adults as advised/reviewed
first by the Troop Committee makes the final decision as to
acceptable service projects. Often a clever SM/Troop will utilize
an adult to develop service projects with the PLC. I defer to a much
better description in the SM Handbook. For individualized projects
this usually is decided by the SM, scout, and sometime parent with
the advancement person sometimes in the loop so it gets logged. How
or who signs the scout's book when done is up to the SM, SM-Core.
The guides say meaningful service not normally expected due to other
standing relationships. Reading some Scouts-L cases in the past, like
the great altar boy, who wanted to use this time and again, this
"normally expected" or "normally done" is what you might consider
reviewing and adjusting depending on the particular scout.
Judgment, and some flexibility is mostly your best guide.
Maybe, like some Scouts-Lrs already noted, the SM (Hey that's you)
will decide that some of those items are OK for this or that scout
at this time yet not OK for some other scout or the same scout on
the next go around. Again Judgment, Good Will, and stretching each
scout into new experiences are some guides.
YiS, IMHO, and may we each attempt to live the SO,SL,SS,SM
Mr Dave (Hawleyton, NY (Baden-Powell Council
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