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Basic to the lessons in Scouting, especially regarding citizenship, service projects are a key element in the Journey to Excellence recognition program for councils, districts, and units. They should be a regular and critical part of the program in every pack, troop, team,[Note 1] crew, and ship.

Service projects required for ranks other than Eagle must be approved according to what is written in the requirements and may be conducted individually or through participation in patrol or troop efforts. They also may be approved for those assisting on Eagle Scout service projects. Service project work for ranks other than Eagle clearly calls for participation only. Planning, development, or leadership must not be required.
Time that Scouts spend assisting on Eagle service projects should be allowed in meeting these requirements.

Guide To Advancement § 4.2.3.3 Service Projects.


Service requirements in Scouts BSA ranks

All Scouts BSA ranks (except the Scout rank) require some level of service for advancement.

Tenderfoot rank
7b. Participate in a total of one hour of service in one or more service projects approved by your Scoutmaster. Explain how your service to others relates to the Scout slogan and Scout motto.
Tenderfoot rank
Second Class rank
8e. Participate in two hours of service through one or more service projects approved by your Scoutmaster. Explain how your service to others relates to the Scout Oath.
Second Class rank
First Class rank
9d. Participate in three hours of service through one or more service projects approved by your Scoutmaster. The project(s) must not be the same service project(s) used for Tenderfoot requirement 7b and Second Class requirement 8e. Explain how your service to others relates to the Scout Law.
First Class rank
Star rank
4. While a First Class Scout, participate in six hours of service through one or more service projects approved by your Scoutmaster.
Star rank
Life rank
4. While a Star Scout, participate in six hours of service through one or more service projects approved by your Scoutmaster[1]. At least three hours of this service must be conservation-related.
Life rank
Eagle Scout rank
While a Life Scout, plan, develop, and give leadership to others in a service project helpful to any religious institution, any school, or your community. (The project must benefit an organization other than the Boy Scouts of America.) A project proposal must be approved by the organization benefiting from the effort, your unit leader and unit committee, and the council or district before you start. You must use the Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook, BSA publication No. 512-927 Adobe Acrobat PDF, in meeting this requirement.
Eagle Scout requirement

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Footnotes

  1. Editor's note: effective December 31, 2017, the Boy Scouts of America ended the Varsity Scouting program.


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