Life Scout Service:
As a Scout advances in rank toward Eagle, he should work to develop the planning, organization, leadership, and documentation skills required for that rank. For this reason, a Life Scout candidate in Troop 50 will typically plan and lead his own service project. This project must be a minimum of six hours of work (for at least 5 or 6 scouts), and may be much more than that. The goals and steps of the process are listed below.
Planning and Pre Approval – This step includes discussing the proposed project and plans with a designated Assistant Scoutmaster. A brief Project Plan paragraph needs to be prepared stating:
- the value of the project (who benefits and how)
- what the project includes and what materials and tools are required
- how it will be accomplished
- the name and phone number of the adult contact of the organization the project benefits
- the location and timeline for the project including how many scouts for how many hours
- the names of the (2) adults attending – (1) must be BSA registered, with YTP
Once the Scout and Assistant Scoutmaster agree on the project plan, the Scout presents it to the Scoutmaster for approval before work is started.
Organization – The Scout needs to arrange for helpers – preferably other Scouts. The Scout is responsible for arranging 2-deep adult leadership at the event. Arrangements may need to be made to get the other workers to the project location, and to get any necessary tools or materials needed for the job. Life Scout projects generally do not include any fundraising activities, so materials (such as paint, lumber, mulch, plants, etc.) should already be available or arranged for.
Leadership – The Scout needs to involve other people in performing the service project. He will learn what needs to be done from a contact person (usually an adult, but not a parent), communicate tasks and expectations to his helpers, and review the work completed with a contact person to make sure the needs are met. Doing everything by one’s self does not allow the Scout to demonstrate or practice leadership.
Documentation - Finally, the Scout needs to write a short summary of the project. This summary should start with the Project Plan paragraphfollowed by a record of what was accomplished.
The summary should also tell when the work was done and who assisted and for how long.
It should tell what did and what did not work out well, or what might be done differently next time to make such a project better or easier to complete.
This write up will typically be 3-5 paragraphs and about a page in length. It should be written within a day or two after completing the project while memories are still fresh.
A list of the hours each worker participated and the total number of hours for the project should be attached.
The Project write-up should be typed or neatly written, and carefully proofread.
The final Life Project write-up must then be approved by the Scoutmaster