Service is an important aspect of the Scouting experience. It teaches the Scout that he is a part of a larger community, and more importantly, that he can make a difference. This is one of the key aspects of Scouting that sets it apart from other youth programs.
Pack 688 offers several Service opportunities for Scouts to engage with the wider community during the year. In the past they have manned a water station to support the Summer Shade Festival 5K, provided a Christmas tree pick up service to take trees to be mulched, and participated in numerous trash pick-up events.
At the Den Level, the boys are taught early on about “Leaving no Trace” in the wild. Hikes and outdoor adventures typically include a trash pick-up. One of our Dens raised the money and built benches to sit outside the front entrance of one of our schools. Another built bat houses to put in one of our neighborhood parks. These are fun and effective ways to build good citizens.