scouts-l Mail Archive for March of 2000: Re: Service hours
Ed Thompson (thompson@VAX2.WINONA.MSUS.EDU
Thu Mar 09 2000 - 11:29:45 CST
We have recently seen postings with questions about community service,
including restrictions on what should be "allowed" and whether this service
can be "double counted" for such things as graduation, church, etc.
Let's take the big picture and keep the objectives of scouting in mind here.
We are not doing our jobs if we focus on keeping track of specific service
hours and putting each hour into some pre-defined pigeonhole according to
some organization's (e.g. BSA) manuals. We ARE doing our jobs if we teach
young men and women that service to other people is part of life, and if we
encourage them to find as many opportunities as possible to do this for as
many people and organizations as possible.
To those of you whose scouts are out there (as one scouter listed them)
helping voters, assisting at day care centers, setting up displays at zoos,
cleaning up parks after little league games, and spending their Saturdays
with school projects, all I can say is GOOD JOB! You have boys who have
learned one of the most fundamentally important lessons which scouting has
to offer. Yes: their schools, churches, coaches, parents, and many others
get to take some of the credit too, but so what? We are all in this
together to help kids, aren't we?
To those who might be more concerned with whether or not a specific project
is "good enough" or worried that it might be "double counted" - I think you
are missing the message.