scouts-l Mail Archive for June of 2000: Re: Service Hours Counting?
Paul S. Wolf (Paul.S.Wolf@ALUM.WPI.EDU
Tue Jun 27 2000 - 08:17:02 CDT
Scott Holm wrote:
> 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?
> Scott Holm
> Troop 130
You are absolutely correct. The SM is dead wrong.
>From Boy Scout Requirements (#33215C):
Requirement 4 for Star and Life reads:
While a First Class [Star] Scout, take part in service
projects totaling at least 6 hours of work. These
projects must be approved by your Scoutmaster.
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. "
By saying, "Even though you worked on an approved project for 6 hours,
you must do 4 more hours of service.", he has added to the requirement,
by changing it to 10 hours.
Paul S. Wolf, PE mailto:Paul.S.Wolf@alum.wpi.edu
Advancement/Safety Webmaster, USSSP http://www.usscouts.org