scouts-l Mail Archive for June of 2000: Re: Service Hours Counting?
Mick Cole (MicCCole@AOL.COM
Tue Jun 27 2000 - 09:15:49 CDT
In a message dated Tue, 27 Jun 2000 8:54:59 AM Eastern Daylight Time, Scott Holm <Scottmst@AOL.COM> writes:
<< Hi Scouters,
How many out there count the full time a scout serves (actual, not with rest,
etc) for doing service projects? How many count a fraction or a maximum
number of hours per day or event? I am curious as our SM will only give
credit for 2 hours per event even if the youth put in 6 hours of hard work.
The last service project was promised more hours for this particualr project,
and so there was a good turnout (but not too many), and then he only gave
them 2 hours. I do not think it is right. Any comments?
As the SM of a troop with a 50-year tradition of service, I would never consider counting less than the number of hours served. For service projects involving travel time, I also include the travel time. Because the troop performs a number of service projects every year, the scouts generally have far more service hours than needed for scout advancement requirements. Giving full credit for the hours actually served is sometimes useful in meeting required service hours for school.
It seems to me that any youth working on a service project should be given full credit at all times. I can't imagine doing anything less.
SM, Troop 62