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Service Projects: Ways Scouts and Units can Help

Service.  Scouts serve the Community in many ways.  Scouting for Food, Eagle Scout Service Projects, Unit Service Projects, Order of the Arrow (the "Brotherhood of Cheerful Service") and more.  One recent program is the BSA Adopt-a-School Program which is billed as "an exciting and comprehensive undertaking that will connect Scout packs, troops and crews across the country with schools in their communities. Participating Scouts then work, within clearly defined guidelines, to partner with school administrations and offer the volunteer services that most efficiently meet their school’s needs. With each unit offering their school a minimum one-year commitment, meaningful community relationships are built and significant changes will happen in the schools".  See the JTE site for how to enter "Service Hours".  Consider a Flag Retirement Ceremony or one of these, and doing it with some publicity.  Here is a BSA page on conservation service projects and a blog with 101 Service Project ideas.  Here's an interesting program: ShelterBox Scout Corps.  And the BSA Program called Messengers of Peace.