A big thank you goes out to all Scouts, Scouters, Parents, and Family members who participated in service projects throughout 2014. Our goal this year as a District was to complete 10,000 hours of service. We wrapped up the year just shy of this goal at 9,930 hours. For comparison, in 2013 we completed 11,324 hours. To put that in terms of the impact on the community...that's the equivalent of $453,329 worth of work over the past two years!. Scouting benefits greatly from the positive actions in the community, and service is one of the simplest ways we achieve that.
We'd like to recognize the Top pack and Top troop/crew for their efforts in serving their community: Pack 37 and Troop 109. Thank you to these Units for their excellent example! There will be a special presention at the Scout Breakfast to be held in August. Honorable mention should be made for Pack 104, Pack 164, Troop 59, and Troop 571 who kept pace with this year's leaders.
As Scouts and Scouters we are expected to "Do our duty to God and our Country" and "To help other people at all times." One of the ways we do this is through giving service. Scouts complete a minimum of 13 hours of community service prior to their Eagle Project. Through their Eagle Project they organize others to provide an average of 138 hours of service to their community (based on 2014).
In addition, many of our Units perform other service projects throughout the year. These projects, as well as Eagle Projects, should be submitted through the Service Hours Website. This allows the French Creek Council to track our impact in the community and counts towards all levels of the Journey to Excellence Award (Council, District, and Unit). For Units to achieve the Gold level of service they need to participate in 6 service projects for Troops (4 for Packs) and record the hours on the Service Hours Website. Don't Forget: Units must complete at least one service project for their Chartering Organization!
So how are doing as a District in serving our community? For 2014 we completed a total of 9,930 hours (based on submitted hours). Approximately 37% of these hours came from 25 Eagle Projects. The other half comes from additional service provided by our Packs, Troops, Teams, and Crews.
Our goal for the Oliver Perry District in 2015 is to pass 10,000 hours of service again. With approximately 3.5 hours from each Scout and Scouter, not including parents and other participants, we can easily exceed the 10,000 hour goal again. Remember to include everyone who participates in a project organized by the Scout unit. This includes any non-scouters as well.
We will again recognize units for their service to their individual communities in 2015. Service hours must be submitted online to count. I look forward to another great year of service.