Required or Not?
Scouts BSA are required to participate service projects for rank advancement. Our troop encourages all Scouts to participate in service projects whether they need the hours or not.
Some Service Project Ideas
The chartered organization is a great source of service projects. And it is a nice way for the troop to give back to the organization. We are chartered by a church, so our Scouts often do setup and cleanup for things like the big Fall Festival, fish fries, and blood drives. Have your youth leadership check in with your chartered organization regularly and see if there is anything you can do for them.
Local food pantries and thrift stores are also always looking for help. Scouts can sort and stock items. After spring floods receded, troop members helped a local youth organization clean up their ball fields. This was a good service project for teenagers.
Add Your Thoughts
What types of service projects do your youth like to participate in?Add your ideas here:
This article has ideas which are appropriate for younger kids in primary grades.
What “counts” when it comes to service. Read some thoughts and add your own.
Learn how to plan service projects and get the parents involved. Also see some ideas for follow up and reflection.
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