Participating in service projects as a group is one of the ways in which boys in Cub Scouting fulfill their promise "to help other people." In addition to the spontaneous and individual help a Scout should provide each day, a planned and organized project helps boys learn to work together toward a cooperative goal that benefits their community. Such lessons, learned early in life, help Cub Scouts grow into caring, responsible citizens.
Service activities may help the natural world, the community, or the chartered organization. Here are suggestions for some service activities that are appropriate for Cub Scout-age boys.
- Helping the natural world
Helping the community
- Pick up litter around the community.
- Clean up debris by a stream.
- Plant seedlings or flowers.
- Recycle glass, paper, aluminum, or plastic, depending on the needs and recycling program of your community.
- Make bird feeders.
Helping the chartered organization
- Provide a flag ceremony for a school.
- Collect food for food banks.
- Make cards for a care center.
- Clean up a church parking lot.
- Shovel snow or rake leaves for seniors.
- Distribute voting reminders.
- Distribute emergency procedure brochures.
- Recycle family newspapers.
- Conduct a cleanup project.
- Plant and care for trees.
- Provide a flag ceremony.
- Help set up for a special event.
- Distribute programs or bulletins at a meeting of the organization.
These are only a few ideas for service projects. You'll find more in Cub Scout Program Helps and other Scouting literature.