A Scout is Kind…to Neighbors In–Need
Serving those most in–need is at the core of Scouting’s ideals. We’ve always been there to help people when they need it most, and now is no exception. Through large ways or small, you can make a real impact in someone’s life! Here are a few ideas to get you started. Get creative! Make it your own, and make it count!
Ideas to get you started…
- Do a chore for someone who cannot easily do it themselves: mow a lawn, rake leaves, fix a mailbox, etc.
- Following COVID guidelines in your area, check in on an elderly neighbor
- Collect school supplies and backpacks and donate them to your local school
- Collect unused makeup to donate to domestic violence shelters in your area
- Organize a neighborhood food drive to benefit a local food bank
- Donate a portion or your weekly allowance to a homeless shelter
- Help your place of worship organize a resume-writing workshop
- Donate face coverings and hand sanitizer to homeless shelters in your area
- Organize a neighborhood pet food drive to donate to your local animal shelter
- Volunteer with a civic organization to help clean up after a summer storm
What is an appropriate project?
As you are developing your ideas, please keep the following in mind:
- The service should adhere to and follow BSA standards and guidelines (i.e., Cub Scouts should not use power tools, YPT standards must be followed, etc.)
- The impact of any project should not benefit Scouting (i.e., trail maintenance at camp)
- Although Scouting should not directly benefit from the project, Scouting events can be launch points for serving the community (i.e., days of service as part of summer camp programming)
- You have flexibility to define what “service” is to you and identify topic areas that best resonate with you
When in doubt, ask! If you have questions about the appropriateness of a service project, talk with your unit leader. Unit leadership will be able to provide guidance as needed.