Update: Current Leaders are below the article!
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 100 hours of service to their community.
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.
So how are doing as a District in serving our community? For 2012 we completed a total of 7,718 hours (based on submitted hours). Approximately 55% of these hours came from 33 Eagle Projects. The other half comes from additional service provided by our Packs, Troops, Teams, and Crews. For some perspective; in 2011 the Oliver Perry District completed over 7,529 hours of service.
Looking forward, our goal for the Oliver Perry District in 2013 is to reach 8,500 hours of service. This is only 30 minutes extra from each scout, not including leaders and other participants. To help reach this goal we'll be creating a competition. At the end of the year there will be an award for the Pack and Troop/Team/Crew that provides the most service. Service hours must be submitted online to count. The award will be given after the end of 2013. I look forward to a great year of service.
Who's in the Lead: Updated 11/5/13
1st: Pack 571
2nd: Pack 154
3rd: Pack 104 & 57 (tie)
1st: Troop 59
2nd: Troop 54
3rd: Troop 52
Total Service Hours in Oliver Perry District for 2013: 7,329
Oliver Perry District