One of the requirements for advancement for Life Rank is to have at least six service hours that are preapproved by the scoutmaster - three of which are conservation. Is there a clear definition on what is to be counted as these hours, especially the conservation hours? I’m looking for something official from BSA.
Example: I have one scout who wants to advance to Life and needs to have the conservation hours. He wants to count for his hours the time that he is going to spend with his grandfather cutting down diseased trees in his yard and clearing the branches away that have fallen into the neighbors yard, etc. This really does not sound like conservation hours to me. I am the scoutmaster. But I would like to have some sort of official definition to back me up. Otherwise it’s conceivable that any type of yard work can be counted as conservation hours. I see it more as a community project or a good deed project and not a family/home project.
You input is appreciated. Thanks.