A service project is a special Good Turn that puts Scout spirit into action. Projects can take many forms. You might take part in a community cleanup; repair a place of worship, a museum, or the home of an elderly person; improve a wildlife habitat; volunteer at a hospital or with a public safety group; organize a recycling effort; or conduct a clothing pickup or food drive."
Scouts who are working towards the Star rank or Life rank need to take part in service projects totaling at least six hours of work. These projects must be pre-approved by the Scoutmaster. These projects can consist of one six hour project or six different one hour projects or any combination in between.
These projects need to help the community. Examples are: collecting food for a food bank or soup kitchen, helping an elderly neighbor, volunteering at Meals on Wheels or be creative and come up with your own idea.
It is troop policy that work done with the troop for the benefit of the Takoma Park Presbyterian Church will not be counted towards a rank because we work for the church as members of the TPPC community. It is troop policy that work done for Eagle projects will not be counted because we cheerfully offer our service to help a fellow scout. A Scout may earn SSL hours while working on these projects.
It is troop policy that if the project is done for another requirement outside of Scouting (e.g. SSL hours, National Charity League required hours, a class assignment, or to satisfy terms of probation), a Scout cannot also receive service project credit towards a rank or a badge (i.e. no double-dipping).
Each scout working towards Star or Life needs to write up a proposal that states the service project they intend to do, who it will benefit from the work and how long the project will take. The written proposal must be presented to the scoutmaster for approval prior to starting work on the project. Once completed, a summary of the project including what was learned from the service must be prepared. The beneficiary of the project must sign off for the work. When all six hours are complete present the completed paperwork to the scoutmaster for approval.