Set your goals. Earn the Award.
Get started with goal setting:
All of your activities must occur after your Activity Start Date (the day that you register).
The National Office cannot pre-approve any goals or activities. Once you have registered and met with your Advisor, we can provide initial feedback and suggestions.
You are allowed up to four Voluntary Public Service goals, two Personal Development goals, and two Physical Fitness goals for each Record Book submission. Additionally, you only need to submit one Expedition or Exploration that meets the minimum day or overnight requirements for the level in which you are applying.
Creating a great goal.
Create a SMART goal.
S – Specific. State what you’ll do, use action words.
M – Measurable. Explain how you will evaluate your progress: time, days, etc.
A – Achievable. Create goals that are realistic.
R – Relevant. Find a goal that applies to your interests.
T – Time. State when you’ll work on the goal. Remember, you do not have to achieve your goals, only show progress.
You may set umbrella goals that include similar activities. For example, if your Voluntary Public Service goal is to help youth in your community, your activities to achieve this goal could include tutoring at the local library, assisting youth at the YMCA, and packing lunches at the food bank for local students.
Gain inspiration for your goal.
Sharing time and talents for the benefit of others.
Voluntary Public Service is meant to provide opportunities for you to dive into your community with
hands-on volunteer experiences. This requires sensitivity, assessment of needs, and determination.
- Volunteering for a non-profit
- Food drives or food donations
- Clothing drives or clothing donations
- Volunteering at a hospital or hospital item donations
- Environmental clean up
- Animal shelters
- Hygiene kits
- Volunteering at a public library
Use your imagination and discover the impact you can bring to your community. The Award will consider any activity that meets the guidelines.
Additionally, our team has been working to identify new and creative ways that participants might be able to complete Voluntary Public Service hours in the age of COVID-19.
The following are projects worth considering:
- Meeting immediate needs: Making and/or securing PPE (personal protective equipment) like masks, face shields, isolation gowns, disposable gloves to be donated to health workers.
- Volunteering remotely for non-profit organizations
- Assisting public schools with the implementation of remote learning and/or helping educators with grading/administrative work
- Virtual tutoring/mentoring at public schools
- Packaging and delivering essential supplies to the elderly or home-bound or to students who rely on meals from their schools
- Organizing digital fundraisers for non-profits or crisis response groups
- Writing letters to those serving in the armed forces abroad, children in medical isolation, or persons under quarantine
- Making articles of clothing for hospital patients
- Donating blood at a sponsored blood drive
- Making signs and writing thank you notes for first responders, hospital staff, and medical workers.
Safety is paramount. Participants should remember to always protect themselves and follow recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state or local officials when setting their goals.
The National Office cannot pre-approve any goals or activities as it depends on how you execute and write about the activity.
Once you have registered and met with your Advisor, we can provide initial feedback and suggestions.
Review the program guidelines
Download the Program Book.
Participants will be able to submit with modified guidelines through December 31, 2022. The Virtual Expedition has been extended indefinitely.
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