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Required Adventure

Volunteering to make your community and country better is part of being both a Scout and a good citizen. This Adventure may only have two requirements, but the goal is for you to take an active part in identifying and planning a service project, not just participating in one. This will help you in the future as you learn how to plan and conduct service projects in Scouts BSA.


Identify a community service project that your patrol or pack could accomplish. Use the BSA SAFE Checklist and develop a plan to conduct the service project safely.
Service Project Planning
Energy 2
Supply List2
Prep Time2

Cub Scouts learn how to safely plan a service project.

Before the meeting:

  1. Review the SAFE Service Project Planning Checklist.
  2. Print one copy of the SAFE Service Project Planning Checklist for each Cub Scout.
  3. Set up meeting space for Cub Scouts to have a space to write.

During the meeting:

  1. Hand out the SAFE Service Project Planning Checklist and a pen or pencil to each Cub Scout.
  2. Explain to Cub Scouts that they’re going to make a plan for conducting a service project in a safe manner.
  3. Ask Cub Scouts to think of a service project they could do for the community. Have them write a description of the project on their checklist.
  4. Next, have Cub Scouts brainstorm the steps that would need to be taken to complete the project. Have them write the steps on their checklist.
  5. Explain what SAFE means:
    • Supervision- supervised by qualified and trustworthy adults who set the example for safety
    • Assessment- Activities are assessed for risk during planning
    • Fitness and Skills- Annual Health and Medical Records are reviewed, and leaders have confirmed that prerequisite fitness and skill levels exist for participants to take part safely.
    • Equipment and Environment- Safe and appropriately sized equipment, courses, camps, campsites, trails, or playing fields are used properly.
  6. For each point of SAFE ask Cub Scouts to think about their project. What needs to happen to ensure each point of the checklist is met?
  7. If there is a point that Cub Scouts can’t check off, ask them if there’s a way to do the project more safely. Explain that if they can’t think of a way to do it more safely, they will have to choose another service project.

Note: This does not have to be a service project that you will actually be conducting. 

Participate in a service project for a minimum of two hours or multiple service projects for a total of two hours.
AOL Scouting For Food
Energy 3
Supply List1
Prep Time5

Participate in your Council-sponsored Scouting for Food event.

  • Activity Consent Form
  • Collection bags provide by local council
  • Vehicle to carry collected food such as a truck or van
  • Map of area to distribute bags and collect food donations
  • Check with local council for any additional items

Before the Meeting:

  1. Contact your local Council to participate in Scouting for Food collection event.
  2. Review council provided materials for Scouting for Food event.
  3. Communicate the details to the parents and legal guardians of your Arrow of Light Scouts.
  4. Distribute Activity Consent Form to the Arrow of Light patrol.
  5. Confirm with local council the area to distribute bags and collect food donations.
  6. Confirm with local council the location of drop off for donations.
  7. Get collection bags provided by local council.
  8. Communicate date, time, and location for bag distribution to the patrol.
  9. Communicate date, time, and location for food collection distribution to the patrol.
  10. Refer to your council provided resources for any additional items to be completed before the event.

During collection bag distribution:

  1. Collect Activity Consent Form for each Arrow of Light Scout.
  2. Create buddies.
  3. Assign area for buddies to distribute collection bags.
  4. Review how to approach residences safely and politely as they distribute collection bags.
  5. Remind Arrow of Light scouts that it is illegal to place collection bags in or on mailboxes.

During food donation collection:

  1. Collect Activity Consent Form for each Arrow of Light Scout.
  2. Create buddies.
  3. Assign area for buddies to collect donations.
  4. Review how to approach residences safely and politely if there is no donated food left out.
  5. Take donated food to the assigned collection point.
Helping Neighbors
Energy 5
Supply List2
Prep Time4

Cub Scouts do a Good Turn by raking leaves or shoveling snow for a neighbor in need.

Before the meeting:

  1. Complete the SAFE Service Project Planning Checklist if you have not done so already for this project in requirement 1.
  2. Identify someone in the community who might not be able to rake leaves or shovel snow. Your Chartered Organization may have some ideas.
  3. Contact the people you’ve identified to ask for permission for Cub Scouts to rake or shovel their yard. Set a date and time that the Arrow of Light patrol will visit.
  4. Communicate the date, time, and location of the service project to the Cub Scouts’ parents or legal guardians and remind them to bring the completed Activity Consent Form and a pen or pencil.

During the meeting:

  1. Before starting the project review the SAFE Service Project Planning Checklist with the Scouts
  2. Divide Cub Scouts into teams of two or three and assign them each an area to work on. Make sure that two adults can see each group. For example, if some of the teams are working in the backyard, have two adults there with them at all times.
  3. Have Cub Scouts begin the yard work, focusing on thoroughness and safety.
  4. Make sure Cub Scouts bag and dispose of the leaves properly.
  5. When Cub Scouts are finished, make sure they collect all tools, and the area is tidy.
Little Free Library
Energy 4
Supply List5
Prep Time5

Cub Scouts build a little free library from recycled materials and fill it with books to support their community.

For the library book box:

  • An unfinished pine frame with an inside measurement of 8″ x 10″
  • Pallets, or old discarded fencing or wood,  wood should be the same thickness, no less than 3⁄4″
  • 2″ x 2″ x 11″ board for the roof cleat
  • Pocketknife
  • Exterior wood glue
  • Pipe clamps
  • Two self-closing overlay hinges
  • Cabinet knob
  • A sheet of clear acrylic, large enough to be cut to fit into the groove in the back of the frame
  • Very fine-toothed saw (or utility knife if your acrylic is thin)
  • If your wood is 3⁄4″ thick, you will need 60 1 1⁄4″ exterior wood screws
  • Drill and drill bits for predrilling lag bolts and screws
  • Crosscut saw and ripsaw
  • 1⁄4″ drill bit for vent holes
  • Sandpaper
  • Exterior paint

For  the post:

  • 4″ x 4″ x 5′ fence post
  • Two 2″ x 4″ x 6″ boards
  • 2″ x 8″ x 14″ board
  • 8 1 1/2″ exterior wood screws
  • 8 3/8″ x 3″ galvanized lag bolts

Books for the library

Before the meeting:

  1. Complete the SAFE Service Project Planning Checklist if you have not done so already for this project in requirement 1.
  2. Become familiar with how to build a little free library Scout Life “How to Build a Little Free Library.”
  3. Find a location for the little free library. Ask your Chartered Organization or other community groups if they have a place for it.
  4. Ask Cub Scout parents or legal guardians to help collect the needed supplies.
  5. Talk to Cubmaster about holding a pack book drive to stock the little free library.

During the meeting:

  1. Review the SAFE Service Project Planning Checklist with the Scouts.
  2. Collect more than enough boards to build the library, because some of the recycled wood will not be usable. Choose the cleanest wood from your pile. Remove any nails and cut off any unusable wood.
  3. Cut the remaining boards to a rough length. The boards should not be too long when gluing and clamping them together. Sand all the edges and any rough spots.
  4. Choose several boards close to the same length. Apply a thin layer of glue to all the edges and clamp them tightly together as shown. Allow each panel to dry overnight. Clamp and glue together enough panels to make all the parts of the library.
  5. Use the drawings as a guide to cut to size the door frame, gable end supports and roof cleat.
  6. Use the drawings as a guide to cut to size the roof, walls, floor and gable end sections. Glue and screw the walls, floor, door frame and gable end support together.
  7. Glue and screw the gable ends to the supports. Screw the roof cleat to the inside of the gable ends. Glue and screw the roof in place. Drill two 1⁄4″ holes at the top of each gable end for ventilation.
  8. Cut and fasten the acrylic window inside the door. Hinge the door to the door frame, and screw on the cabinet knob.
  9. Paint the library any colors you wish. Mount your library on a post (4″ x 4″ x 5′) buried 2′ in the ground. Fill it with books, and your library is complete.
Scouts BSA Troop Service Project
Energy 5
Supply List2
Prep Time4

Cub Scouts participate in a service project with a Scouts BSA troop.

Before the meeting:

  1. Contact a local Scouts BSA troop to arrange to participate in one of their service projects. Ask if Cub Scouts need to bring any supplies or equipment.
  2. Make sure that the SAFE Service Project Planning Checklist is being used to plan the project.
  3. Communicate the date, time, and location of the service project to the Cub Scouts’ parents or legal guardians and remind them to bring the completed Activity Consent Form.

During the meeting:

  1. Gather Cub Scouts and remind them that they are there to help the troop with their service project. Ask them to carefully follow any directions they’re given.
  2. Have Cub Scouts work with troop members on the service project.

Safety Moment

Prior to any activity, use the BSA SAFE Checklist to ensure the safety of all those involved.

All participants in official BSA Scouting activities should become familiar with the Guide to Safe Scoutingand applicable program literature or manuals.

Watch this video about Service Projects in Cub Scouting (6:44)

Be aware of state or local government regulations that supersede BSA practices, policies, and guidelines.

To assist in the safe delivery of the program you may find specific safety items that are related to requirements for the Adventure.

Before starting this Adventure complete the following:

  • Use the Service Project Planning Checklist  to plan your den or pack service project.
  • Review the SAFE Project Tool Use is an at-a-glance reference for service projects, not crafts.  It includes age guidelines for tools and types of allowed activities allowed for service projects.

During the Adventure

  • Give time for proper training on the use of the tools that will be used to complete the project to all youth and adults.
  • Provide continuous, qualified adult supervision and discipline during the project.
  • Following all manufacturer’s literature and age and skill restrictions shall supersede the recommendations in the publication. If there is a conflict, leaders shall follow the most restrictive guidelines.

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