Service Hours

Troop 584’s Service Policy is built around the premise that our Scouts will serve as Ambassadors of our Troop, the program and the Boy Scouts of America.  For this reason we only count projects coordinated by our Troop, its members or our District/Council.  Should a Scout wish to nominate a project for consideration, he should fill out the project nomination form and turn it in to the ASPL of Service more than two weeks prior to the event.  Let’s find the projects, bring them in, make them Troop projects and multiply our impact.  Should the project not find its way onto the Troop calendar, the Scout is still encouraged to consider any service rendered as his Duty to Others and further fulfillment of his Scout Oath.  Additionally, a Scout is still encouraged and expected to do their Duty to God by serving in their places of worship, but this will not count as service hours for troop leadership and advancement.

Each year, as part of Scouting, Scouts will work on a large number of service projects as part of our Troop or part of other Boy Scout activities.  Attending these service projects is a very important part of being active in our Troop.  At certain ranks, service hours are required in order to advance.  In order for those requirements to be signed off, those service hours performed as a Scout must appear in the Scout’s records in the Troop’s TroopMaster database.  In addition, these service hours are also reviewed for selection to troop leadership positions and for selection for high adventure trips (e.g. Philmont).

Service Hour Classification

        The troop records three types of service hours.

  1. TROOP Service projects are performed as a troop function (typically coordinated by the ASPL of Service).  These hours will be recorded and turned in by the appropriate ASPL or project coordinator.  Troop service hours also includes troop recruiting nights and work days that do not benefit the individual scout directly.
  2. EAGLE Service projects led by the Eagle Candidate.  These hours will be recorded and turned in by the Eagle Candidate. 
  3. OTHER BSA Service hours are performed as part of a BSA function, for example staffing NYLT.  These hours must be recorded by the individual scout via the Troop 584 Service Form and turned into the Advancement Desk using the Troop Service Credit Hours Form.

Service Hour Credit Restrictions

  • The Scout cannot directly benefit (monetarily or otherwise) from the outcome of his labors, as an individual.  For example, hours are not earned staffing El Rancho Cima summer camp and getting paid. 
  • Hours cannot be applied to any other service requirements the scout must meet for other organizations such as school or other social groups (no double counting of service hours).  For example, hours cannot be used for both NHS, NJHS or other honor societies and turned into the Troop as well.
  • The Scout cannot count hours if performing the activity is part of his troop’s position of responsibility.  For example, hours are not earned for performing Den Chief or Troop 584 OA Rep responsibilities.
  • A maximum of 20 hours can be earned per service project.  For example, an eagle project or staffing NYLT would be limited to 20 hours