Star and Life Ranks:
A Scout must perform six hours of service to others. This may be done as an individual project or as a member of a patrol or troop project. Scoutmaster approval for ALL service hours and projects must be obtained before it is started. All service hours for a specific rank MUST be completed during the period working for the rank. (Extra hours completed while working for Star cannot be used towards Life. Once Star rank is earned, the six new hours begin.)
If service hours are required by your school, hours CANNOT be used for both organizations, generally referred to as “double-counting.” Participation in a Troop Fundraising event (e.g. Christmas Tree Sales) is NOT considered service hours since you directly benefit from working your shifts (in the form of Massawepie and Spring trip subsidies, campouts, program, etc.).
Once completed, all service hours are required to be logged into the Scout’s Handbook and to be signed off by the SM (not an ASM or high Ranking Scout). The Scout must notify the Troop Administrator to have Troopmaster updated accordingly. In order to advance to either Star or Life, scouts must prepare a type written narrative describing their service hours for their SM Conference and BOR. The narrative should simply provide details surrounding when the service occurred, the number of hours, what was the service, how it benefited the community, who was it for and how did it make the scout think or feel.
The Scout must submit his proposed project plan and secure the prior approval of his unit leader, unit committee, and district or council advancement committee, and the organization benefiting from the effort, to make sure that it meets the stated standards for Eagle Scout leadership service projects before the project is started. This pre-approval of the project does not mean that the board of review will accept the way the project was carried out.
Upon completion of the project, a detailed report must be submitted with the Scout's Eagle application to include the following information:
Although the project plan must be approved before work is begun, the Board of Review must determine if the project was successfully carried out. Questions that must be answered are:
A the work on the project must be done while the candidate is a Life Scout and before the candidate's 18th birthday.
The variety of projects performed throughout the nation by Scouts earning their Eagle Scout Award is staggering. Only those living in an area can determine the greatest value and need for that area. Determine, therefore, whether the project is big enough, appropriate, and worth doing. For ideas and opportunities, the Scout can consult people such as school administrators, religious leaders, local government department directors, or a United Way agency's personnel.
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Boy Scout Troop 31
Rochester, New York