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Service Projects

The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.

Mahatma Gandhi

Service Projects:

Any Scout looking to complete a service project needs to speak with Mr. Weber – the ASM in charge of service projects. Scouts leading a project are responsible for coordinating sign-ups and communicating logistics for their service project. The Troop maintains a list of available service projects from outside groups and agencies whenever possible. You may also (and are encouraged to) develop your own idea for a service project. All service projects need the prior approval of both Mr. Weber and Mr. Shaw, using the appropriate form.

Please speak to or email Mr. Weber for more information using the form below:

Note: Scouts who organize a service project are reminded to turn in their final paperwork (post-project report, sign-in/out sheet, and completed JTE report) as soon as possible after the completion of their project.

Clarification Regarding Service Hour Requirement for Star/Life Rank Advancement:

BSA recently changed the service requirement for Star and Life Ranks. As a result of this rule change, the service requirement for both ranks is for participation only. Planning, development or leadership of a service project(s) for Star Rank and Life Rank is not required. While it is still Troop 8’s preference that a scout provide project leadership in order to better prepare them for their Eagle service project and leadership opportunities inside/outside of Scouting, Troop 8 will encourage but not require project leadership for Star and Life Ranks. Scouts that wish to gain valuable experience by leading a project for Star Rank and/or Life Rank can volunteer to do so by notifying the Scoutmaster or the designated Assistant Scoutmaster for Service Projects of that intention.


For clarity, please note the service requirements for Star and Life Ranks:


Star Rank:
While a First Class Scout, participate in six hours of service through one or more service projects approved by your Scoutmaster.


Life Rank
While a Star Scout, participate in six hours of service through one or more service projects approved by your Scoutmaster. At least three hours of this service must be conservation related.

   
SERV Awards:

SERV awards are awarded annually. You qualify for a SERV Award if you accumulated the following service hours throughout the year:

  • Bronze – 8 hours
  • Silver – 12 hours
  • Gold – 20 hours

The SERV award year runs from December 1st through November 30th, so get moving on earning those hours for 2022!

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