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Service Opportunities for Scouts

Are you a Scout looking to help someone?

  • You can find project ideas by visiting JustServe.org. 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:

(June 1 and 2, 2024) – San Gabriel Singers need help with parking/traffic control at its June 1 and 2 performances of Handel’s “Messiah” at First Presbyterian Church in Georgetown. They are hoping for 4 Scouts and 1-2 adults to help manage the church’s parking area for mobility-challenged members of the choir and orchestra. Volunteers would be needed from 5:30pm-7:00pm on both evenings. If interested, contact Deborah Anderson (an Eagle Scout mom!) at 509-531-6043 or richland4@msn.com.

(Not time sensitive) – Sunday Lunchbox, a nonprofit organization working to end hunger in Austin, is looking for help processing, packing, and delivering locally donated produce to families in need. Shifts are available Tuesday and Thursday evenings, as well as Saturday and Sunday. Visit www.sundaylunchbox.com/volunteer to sign up. Contact Lindsay Snowden at lindsay@sundaylunchbox.com.

(Not time sensitive) – Child Inc. (Travis County Head Start) has multiple needs on its 500 acre ranch, including construction, IT, environmental, general clean up, trail building and road maintenance. Ranch is located next to Pedernales Falls State Park. A unit can camp there during a service weekend. Contact Joseph Lewright at jdlewright@gmail.com or 512-748-0748.

(Not time sensitive) – Woodcreek Parks and Recreation Department in Wimberley needs a rain shelter and rain collection barrel. The group has received a grant for this work. Contact Claire Palmer at claireg9@gmail.com.

(Year-round) – Park Springs Cemetery, a 25-acre historic African-American cemetery in Manor, needs help every Saturday with groundskeeping and maintenance work. Examples include mowing, weed trimming, tree and brush cutting. The cemetery can also incorporate history tours and nature walks with these opportunities. Contact volunteer coordinator Tiffany Thorman at pscmanortx@gmail.com.

(Year-round) – Unique week-long service opportunities each summer as part of a resident camp program conducted by Down Home Ranch in Elgin; click here to learn more. There are also chances to perform service while your unit does a weekend camp out other times during the year; contact Jennifer Shirley at 512-856-0128 ext 132 or jennifer.shirley@downhomeranch.org for more information.


 

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 https://library.austintexas.libguides.com/socialservices/food 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 https://www.runguides.com 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 Jessica.snider@scouting.org
  • See https://austinparks.org/, https://www.treefolks.org/,

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.

Other

  • 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 https://advancements.scouting.org/login

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