Boy Scouts stresses the need "to help other people" and makes participation in service projects a requirement for a number of ranks (e.g. Second Class, Star, and Life).
The Service & Participation Chair keeps troop records of Scout service hours for rank advancement purposes only. Every Scout should keep track of their their service hours on an individual basis for uses outside of Scouting. The Rank Activities Tracking Spreadsheet offers one way for Scouts to manage this information on their own. This form can be printed out and attached to the Scout's Rank Advancement Form when needed.
What Counts as Service?
- Community service hours are defined as time that benefits a charitable or non-profit group or organization.
Time spent completing service for a group that is solely a service
oriented organization cannot be credited as service hours for Troop 783,
as that would be considered double counting.
As an example, service time spent on behalf of groups such as the High School Key Club, school ambassador programs, Los Compadres, or Los Hermanos cannot be counted as service hours in fulfillment of a Scout rank requirement .
- If a Scout participates in another Scout's Eagle Project or other such Scout related community service project, the hours are easily recorded by the Chairperson as long as a participation sheet is submitted.
- Scouts wishing to receive credit for service projects that are not organized by Troop 783 (i.e. church, school, YMCA, etc.) should obtain and submit written verification signed by an adult responsible for the project. The submitted information should include date, amount of hours and activity performed.
There are quite a number of service hours opportunities available to troop members. Among them are:
Rolling Hills United Methodist Church workday.
This is a terrific way to help our sponsoring organization. Usually scheduled the second Saturday of each month
- Eagle Scout project support
- President's Volunteer Service Award (PVSA)