Scouting for Food is the Boy Scouts of America’s nationwide service project to help stop hunger in our communities. It began as a Scout’s service project in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1985, and was adopted by the Boy Scout National Organization in 1988. Primarily our Council has held food drives in Late Oct/Early November but you are welcome to host a Scouting for Food Drive at any point during the year. This is an impactful service project that helps our communities. You can download this flyer to publicize your event.
Since 1947, the U. S. Marine Corps have been collecting toys to help children in need. Annually 7 million children are helped with approximately 11,000,000 toys distributed. Again this year we will be collecting new & unwrapped toys for Toys for Tots. The need this year will be great. We will be collecting toys starting in October through December 9, 2020. With our normal in person events going virtual this fall we are asking each unit to collect toys and then either bring them to one of the scout shops or reach out to Linda Cummings to arrange a drop off.
The SERV Award Program
Patriots’ Path Council has established its own service awards program called SERV, designed to recognize all participants in Council programs each year, for their hours of public service. Click Here to learn more about the SERV Award, and to apply.
Community Service Committee
Scouting was founded on the principal of service to others, and the organization remains dedicated to that purpose. The goal of the Community Service Committee is to foster that ideal, to assist Scouting units in achievement of their community service objectives, and to recognize units and Scouts who perform service to others.
The Community Service Committee consists of representatives from each one of the Council’s districts, and other individuals who understand the importance of service to Scouting. The committee typically meets on the second Wednesday of the month, and welcomes new members.
The Legend of the “Unknown Scout,” whose good turn on a foggy London street in 1909 inspired William D. Boyce to establish the Boy Scouts of America.
Why Perform Community Service?
- The core values of Scouting are “to help other people at all times,” and to “do a good turn daily.”
- It’s a win – win for Scouting and the community, benefiting the organizations and people where we live.
- It teaches youth life-long lessons about the importance of community involvement and volunteerism.
- It gives your unit’s program calendar, greater structure, variety and worthwhile activity.
- It enables your unit to achieve its “Journey to Excellence” service project goals.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What types of activities are considered Community Service?
According the BSA Handbook, “A service project is a special Good Turn that puts Scout Spirit into action.” Some Good Turns are big—saving a life, helping out after disasters. But most Good Turns small, thoughtful acts—helping a child cross a busy street, or going to the store for an elderly neighbor. Scout Leaders are always the best source to ask regarding this question, as each Unit may have different ideas regarding the nature of community service the Unit wants to record.
Should a Unit record community service hours that are not counted towards advancement?
Absolutely. Scouting Principles embody a commitment to service. One of the purposes of community service is to show leadership in service work. Many Good Turns are done that are not advancement related and all should be encouraged to be recorded. (For advancement, Scoutmasters must approve the service).
Why is it important to report service hours?
Meaningful, visible service projects show the community the value of Scouting and permit Youth to learn leadership and demonstrate the Scouting Spirit. Recording service hours enables Scouting to validate its contributions to youth and the community. Internally, it builds pride among participating Units. Externally, it serves a valuable means to increase membership, and to promote Scouting overall.
We did a project months ago, is it too late to report the hours?
No. You may report the hours for projects at any time. While not preferred, you can also aggregate similar projects together as one entry. Reasonable, good faith estimates of time, people, and/or donated items are acceptable.
Should the hours of non-Scouts or non-Leaders be included in the total hours?
Yes. the hours of all volunteers should be included. We need the assistance of everyone in the community. Reported hours should include everyone who participates in the service project.
What about “double counting,” where a Scout used hours for school and for advancement or Scout?
These hours may be recorded. Advancement Guideline 184.108.40.206. contained a “significant change” and clarified “that counting service hours provided elsewhere in the community is not ‘double counting’ and they should be counted toward advancement.” If hours can be counted towards Advancement, then hours can also be counted and reported as community service hours.
What are some age appropriate community service activities for Cub Scouts?
The BSA has some great ideas on its website. You may want to check out the Council’s Facebook page to see some examples showcased by other Cub Packs. The Council’s Community Service Committee would be happy to help you come up with great ideas.
Do Explorer Posts or Venture Crews need to report our hours?
Yes. All Scouting groups are encouraged to participate in service projects, and to record those efforts.
New Way to Log Your Service Hours!
Save time and aggravation by uploading your unit’s service hours directly into the Patriots’ Path App (shown above) right from your phone.