Frontier Girls and Quest encourages all members to help better their community and the lives of the people around them. Each troop or club should to do a minimum of three service projects each year; one for the community, one for whoever hosts your troop or club meetings, and one ongoing project of the participants’ choice. For example, your may choose to sing Christmas carols to the elderly (local community), weed the parking lot of the church that hosts your meetings, and ring bells for Salvation Army each year.
Members who participate in community service, either with their group or on their own, may be eligible to earn the Servant‘s Heart Award. To earn this award, each member must perform a set number of community service hours. See the Awards section of each website for more details.
There is a difference between community service and good deeds. Community service is any activity that a member volunteers to do for the betterment of their community. Most people think of things like picking up trash, participating in a canned food drive, or singing Christmas Carols to the elderly. While these are worthwhile projects, don’t forget to count things like helping to coach a soccer team, or volunteering to help at VBS, or Sunday School. These types of events could not happen without enough volunteers.
Certain volunteer activity should not count toward community service hours, as it is more of a good deed or favor to family or friends. Examples may include your neighbor asking you to watch their puppy, helping someone pack for a move, watching someone’s children. Members should help out when needed simply because it is the right thing to do, not because they are being rewarded for it.
The test to identify which activities should count for service hours is simple; if something in your community would not be able to get done without volunteers (streets staying clean, rescue missions stayed stocked, Sunday School classes or sports teams being taught, etc.) then it counts as community service. We believe in rewarding these efforts with service hours to encourage members to be active in their communities. If however the activity is simply a good deed for an individual (babysitting for your neighbor, mowing someone’s lawn for free, helping to load groceries into a car, etc.) this is simply an act of kindness. We want to teach members that when they see someone in need, they need to take the lead and help them out without expecting anything in return.