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Beneficiaries "Helpful to Any Religious Institution, Any School, or Your Community"

"Any religious institution" and "any school" are self-explanatory. But what does "your community" mean? In today's world of instant communications and speedy travel, we are affected more and more by what goes on all over the world. Prices for goods and services, investment values, our very safety, and how we feel about those less fortunate in other countries, all are involved. Thus, if a Scout wants to take his oath "to help other people" more expansively and put his project to work for the "community of the world," he is allowed to do so. A council may emphasize more local efforts but should not deny worthy projects of a wider scope.

If a Scout wants to take his oath "to help other people" more expansively and put his project to work for the "community of the world," he is allowed to do so.

Normally "your community" would not refer to individuals, although a council or district advancement committee may consider scenarios where an individual in need can affect a community. An example might involve elderly persons able to live at home but unable to maintain their property, with the result being an "attractive nuisance "or related dangerous situations, or even an eyesore—something that raises concern to more than that of just an individual. If it can be determined the community benefits, then it is a matter of identifying who will provide approvals. They must come from a source representing the "community," such as a neighborhood association, watch group, homeowners association, or perhaps a division of a town or county.

The project beneficiary need not be a registered nonprofit. Projects may not be of a commercial nature or for a business, but this is not meant to disallow community institutions that would otherwise be acceptable to the council or district advancement committee. These might include museums and various service agencies, or some homes for the elderly, for example. Some aspect of a business's operation provided as a community service may also be considered; for example, a park open to the public that happens to be owned by a business. In cases such as these, the test is whether the project primarily benefits the community, as opposed to the profits of the business. "Benefit an Organization Other Than Boy Scouting"

To help project beneficiaries understand the Eagle Scout service project requirement along with the responsibilities and the rights that come with the benefit, the national Advancement Committee has prepared an information sheet for project beneficiaries, called " which will appear in the revised Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook scheduled for release at the same time as the Guide to Advancement.

"To help other people at all times" is a basic tenet. The Eagle Scout service project is an important and meaningful opportunity to practice what we teach. Projects may not be performed for the Boy Scouts of America or its councils, districts, units, camps, and so forth. The unit's chartered organization, however, is certainly a good candidate, as are other youth organizations such as the American Heritage Girls or the Girl Scouts of the USA.

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