Unit Service Projects

The following criteria should help to ensure that service projects do something for the unit mambers.

  • Reality: The young people must feel that the project is worthwile and must be interested in it.  It must be within their abilities and still challenge them.  This is especially true for high-school-age people, for their involvement must be adult like and have significant meaning if it is to impress them.  Don't involve them in service projects just because they seemed entirely satisfying to Cub Scouts and younger Scouts.
  • Democratic Process: In every phase of a project, from its selection to its conclusion, decisions must be shared by the young people involved.  This will vary, of course, with the group.  For instance, Venturers select, plan, and conduct the entire project with an adult leader as an Advisor.  In most projects involving Cub Scouts and younger Scouts, most final decisions are made by adult leaders.
  • Significance: Every project should require the young people to apply their knowledge and skills and to get personally involved.  The significance of the service should be clear to them and the public.  The results should be clear, and they should be given recognition for a job well done.  (This could be a tangible award for major projects - like a patch or pin or voiced praise or both.)
  • Definition: A project should have a definite beginning and ending and specific steps in between.  An ill-defined project would be seemingly meaningless and would not give the satisfaction of a completed service.
  • Preparation: A project would require the participants to read, observe, inspect, survey, discuss, or somehow prepare in advance for the service.