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Service Opportunities for Scouts

Are you a Scout looking to help someone?

  • You can find project ideas by visiting Visit the site and search by community or project type to find an opportunity near you.
  • Here are service opportunities that have been submitted by members of the public. It’s possible that someone else has stepped in to help since this posting, so always check with the contact provided. Our council staff does not regularly check to see if these projects are still available, but we will remove projects that are three or more months old:

(April 2023) – Help needed cleaning a senior citizen’s back yard (downed tree limbs) plus light planting/gardening. Home located in East Austin in zip code 78723, near Mueller community. Contact Maggie Meador at 512-217-7334 or [email protected].

(March 2023) – Help needed at a 55+ apartment community: teaching residents to use tablets/iPhone/Android devices, washing cars, retiring flags, etc. Contact Karla Bronaugh at 912-226-2662 or [email protected].

(March 2023) – North Oaks Park Community Garden in Northeast Austin wants someone to build a community table for the garden. Contact Laura LaChance at 206-920-8657 or [email protected].

(March 2023) – Senior citizen in Williamson County needs help with lawn care. Contact Renee Sloan at 512-943-0079 or [email protected].

(February 2023) – Community for low-income disabled seniors would like someone to build a community lending library. Contact SA Sheridan at 737-268-1037 or [email protected].

(February 2023) – Neighborhood association needs picnic tables built for a developing children’s park on East 16th Street near Boggy Creek in Austin. Contact Christopher Krejci at 512-649-0647 or [email protected].

(February 2023) – Trust Texas Bank in Kyle needs help with flag ceremonies for recurring events. Also needs help determining when flags are due for retirement and carrying out that retirement. Contact Kimberley Bothe at 361-275-2345 or [email protected].

(February 2023) – Blaze School in Western Travis County needs help with: trail development, building wildlife shelters/bird boxes/bat houses, building benches/picnic tables, planting pollinators/native flowers and shrubs, building outdoor recreational spaces, restoring a 100 year old barn. Contact Scott Kelly at 512-800-2467 or [email protected].


Still need help finding ideas for a service project?

If you’re looking for ideas for a service project you haven’t done before – or maybe want to start doing as an annual tradition – here are some ideas. Remember, though: if you charge money for any of these you’re not providing service, you’re conducting a fundraiser:

Food – Food Collection

Food – Meal Delivery

Food – Food Serving

  • Groups like Salvation Army, Mobile Loaves and Fishes, Angel House Soup Kitchen, and Carnitas all offer free meals but need volunteers to help serve. See for groups and links.
  • Some nursing homes need help serving food and visiting with home bound residents.
  • Helping serve food at a church, community, district or council event can all count for service hours.

Shelter – Home Building

Shelter – Personal Care Collection

Shelter – Blanket Collection

  • Almost all natural disaster centers, homeless shelters, and animal shelters need basic, clean blankets.
  • Consider making or decorating blankets to give to children’s hospitals or homeless shelters.

Shelter – School Supply Collection

Shelter – Book/Magazine Drive

Healthy Living – Blood Drive

Healthy Living – Fun Run/Walk/Hike/Etc.

  • Hosting or helping host any fun run/walk/hike/ride, etc.
  • Serving water or fruit at such an event
  • See for a list of these in your area

Healthy Living – Bike Safety Event

Healthy Living – Tree Planting

  • Hosting or helping host a tree, shrub or native plant planting
  • Serving water or fruit or manning check-in at such an event
  • Planting trees or shrubs as part of a community project (planting a tree in your yard does not count)
  • If you want to plant local, consider planting around your neighborhood through a program with your HOA or Neighborhood Association.
  • Consider planting anything at your local camps – contact [email protected]
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Healthy Living – Litter Cleanup/Beautification

  • Hosting and helping host a litter or ecosystem cleanup.
  • Any amount of cleanup or beautification, which can include picking up trash, removing exotic or encroachment flora or fauna, clearing overgrown areas, putting in recreation items or habitat improvement.
  • Consider working at any public park or one of our camps.


  • Teaching merit badges at council or district level
  • Serving as a NOVA or SuperNOVA mentor to other unit
  • Serve as a Distinguished Conservation Award Advisor
  • Serve as an Eagle Advisor or District Advancement Chair


Record your service hours!

No matter whom or how you help, make sure your report your service hours so they will count towards your “Journey to Excellence” (or JTE) score. JTE is a self-evaluation tool that lets unit leaders see, quantitatively, how well their unit is meeting the goals of Scouting. To reach JTE “Gold” status (that’s the best), Cub Scout Packs and Sea Scout Ships must report four service projects each year. Scouts BSA Troops and Venturing Crews must report six service projects each year.

Here’s what to do:

Record service hours performed by your unit or from Eagle Scout projects completed by Scouts in your unit using Internet Advancement. Here are step by step instructions:

1. Log in to

2. Report unit or individual community service

units can report unit service by clicking the “Activities” button in Internet Advancement and clicking the “+” button

individuals can report service activity by accessing their activity log in Scoutbook and clicking the “CREATE OR JOIN” button

3. Eagle candidates click the “edit” button when their project has been completed. Then, click “save.” The leader will see the activity to be approved in the “Pending Items” in Internet Advancement. Once approved, the Eagle project information will be automatically pulled from the entry when the Eagle candidate generates their Eagle Application in Scoutbook.

CLICK HERE for these same instructions (with screenshots) from the national advancement committee