scouts-l Mail Archive for June of 2000: Re: Service Hours Counting?
Jonathan Dixon (dixonj@COLORADO.EDU
Tue Jun 27 2000 - 10:45:53 CDT
On Tue, 27 Jun 2000, Paul S. Wolf wrote:
> The article on Service Projects (in both "Boy Scout Requirements" AND in
> "Advancement Committee Policies and Procedures" (#33088C), reads:
> Star and Life Ranks
> For Star and Life ranks, a Scout must perform 6 hours
> of service to others. This may be done as an individual
> project or as a member of a patrol or troop project.
> Star and Life service projects may be approved for Scouts
> assisting on Eagle service projects. The Scoutmaster
> approves the project before it is started.
> Once he's approved the project, he CAN'T say, "You worked too long on
> that one, so you must do another", that would obviously fall under the
> rule in "Advancement Committee Policies and Procedures" which states,
> "No council, district, unit, or individual has the
> authority to add to, or to subtract from, any
> advancement requirements. The Scout is expected to
> meet the requirements as stated - no more and no less.
> Furthermore, he is to do exactly what is stated. "
While I will preface this by stating that I disagree with what the SM is
doing, I have to point out he might be staying within the rules.
If he approves a Scout working for 2 hours on something, then that 2 hours
is what is approved. If the Scout continues working for 4 more hours,
then that would be a project other than what was approved, so that the SM
does not need to accept it. I can see this being used to keep boys from
taking 15 minutes of service work and stretching it over 6 hours (not that
teenagers are likely to goof off, try to avoid working, or otherwise shirk
responsibility :) ).
Now whether the SM has to specifically limit in each case, or whether
"standing orders" that no project over 2 hours in length counts is
sufficient, I don't know and probably can be the subject of lengthy
debates. Personally, as long as I feel the boy actually is doing that
length of work, I don't see the point in that limitation. Why throw
unnecessary obstacles in the boy's path.