FAQ

What is the time commitment for the unit?
We request a year’s commitment, but our hope is to build strong, sustained relationships with these schools.

How much time (weekly or monthly) is the unit expected to give?
Your pledge would be to complete one project per quarter, but if you would like to do more, it would be encouraged and supported.

What commitment is expected from the school?
We expect the school representatives to be cooperative in identifying their needs and in helping to outline the projects that will best satisfy those needs.

What do we expect the Scouts to be doing? Cleaning around the school?

Doing construction projects? Working events? Please refer to Volunteer Ideas sheet

Who do you expect to make the initial contact?
It might be the Commissioner, a District Executive, or Scout Leader, but we recommend that your contact person be the person who has the strongest connection to a local school.

Who do we need to speak to first? Principal? Teachers? PTA?
We would encourage you to contact the principal first, then involve teachers and the PTA on an as-needed basis.

Can the unit opt out of the commitment if it’s not working for them? Can the school opt out?
Yes, but we hope both parties will do everything possible to honor the one-year pledge.

Is this expected to be implemented district- or council-wide? Will it be mandatory that my council be involved?

We are hoping this will be nationwide by next year, but service in this program is completely voluntary.


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36 comments on “FAQ

  1. Our Pack was registered and we received the patches fpr our first project, but now we are not listed. I had to reregister us.

    http://www.bsaadoptaschool.org/wp-login.php?redirect_to=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.bsaadoptaschool.org%2F%3Fpage_id%3D15"
    • Hi,
      I am so sorry. We moved the database and we are still experiencing some glitches. Have you received all the patches you need? If not, please let me know and I will send them out this week.

      Kim
      Kim.garrett@scouting.org

      http://www.bsaadoptaschool.org/wp-login.php?redirect_to=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.bsaadoptaschool.org%2F%3Fpage_id%3D15"
  2. How do i send in my info on project my group has completed.

    http://www.bsaadoptaschool.org/wp-login.php?redirect_to=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.bsaadoptaschool.org%2F%3Fpage_id%3D15"
  3. Help! I do not know who to contact for help posting our first service project! The directions are not clear and I cannot find the person we are supposed to email? I tried doing a post but it will not let me download pictures! feeling rather frustrated!

    http://www.bsaadoptaschool.org/wp-login.php?redirect_to=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.bsaadoptaschool.org%2F%3Fpage_id%3D15"
    • Hi.
      You should be able to post now. We had some difficulty with the microsite when it was moved to our domain.
      If you are not able to, please email me at kim.garrett@scouting.org with the service project, number of participants, the school you did your service project at and a brief explanation of what your unit did and I will mail out the patches this week. I am sorry for any inconvenience. Thank you for letting us know.

      http://www.bsaadoptaschool.org/wp-login.php?redirect_to=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.bsaadoptaschool.org%2F%3Fpage_id%3D15"
  4. I posted our projects to the site how do I know if it went to the person to get our patches? I have not received any information that anyone has received the post or anything
    Doty
    Pack 645

    http://www.bsaadoptaschool.org/wp-login.php?redirect_to=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.bsaadoptaschool.org%2F%3Fpage_id%3D15"
    • Hi Doty,
      Just making sure you received your patches. Can you let me know?
      Kim
      kim.garrett@scouting.org

      http://www.bsaadoptaschool.org/wp-login.php?redirect_to=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.bsaadoptaschool.org%2F%3Fpage_id%3D15"
  5. I’m assuming that BSA rules and regs need to be followed on all of these activities – Tour Permits filed and notification to the Cubmaster/Scoutmaster/Troop Guide and Committee Chair prior to the event taking place.
    YIS
    Cubmaster

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    • Hi
      We moved our database to another domain and I think this question has been answered, but I want to make sure. Can you let me know if you recieved an answer?
      Thank you.
      Kim
      kim.garrett@scouting.org

      http://www.bsaadoptaschool.org/wp-login.php?redirect_to=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.bsaadoptaschool.org%2F%3Fpage_id%3D15"
  6. We signed our Pledge Form in February and completed our first project last evening. I posted the project info and pictures today – When can we expect our badges and first project badges? Thanks.

    http://www.bsaadoptaschool.org/wp-login.php?redirect_to=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.bsaadoptaschool.org%2F%3Fpage_id%3D15"
    • Hi Kim
      I am going back through the posts (we moved the database and I think they may be duplicates). Did you recieve the patches?
      Kim
      kim.garrett@scouting.org

      http://www.bsaadoptaschool.org/wp-login.php?redirect_to=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.bsaadoptaschool.org%2F%3Fpage_id%3D15"
  7. After completing the quarterly project, How and Where to you report that it is finished in order to recieve Project Mini-Badges?

    http://www.bsaadoptaschool.org/wp-login.php?redirect_to=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.bsaadoptaschool.org%2F%3Fpage_id%3D15"
    • Hi Jason,
      After you post on the blog, http://www.bsaadoptaschool.org/, I am notified and I will send out the patches. In time, we will have this tied to Journey to Excellence, but for now, I am notified from the blog. If you have any more question, please give me a call, 972-580-2119. We are very excited about this program. Thanks for asking.
      YIS
      Kim

      http://www.bsaadoptaschool.org/wp-login.php?redirect_to=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.bsaadoptaschool.org%2F%3Fpage_id%3D15"
    • I have the same question. I put one of our projects in back in September and I just added another project from that same quarter for our second school. I just received my main patch. When should I expect my smaller patches for the individual projects?

      http://www.bsaadoptaschool.org/wp-login.php?redirect_to=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.bsaadoptaschool.org%2F%3Fpage_id%3D15"
      • Hi Unit 369,
        I just wanted to make sure you have received your patches.
        Thank you,
        Kim
        kim.garrett@scouting.org

        http://www.bsaadoptaschool.org/wp-login.php?redirect_to=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.bsaadoptaschool.org%2F%3Fpage_id%3D15"
  8. How does a unit get the project patches? Our unit recieved the patch, and the first project patch. But we have completed a second project and never recieved the patch.

    http://www.bsaadoptaschool.org/wp-login.php?redirect_to=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.bsaadoptaschool.org%2F%3Fpage_id%3D15"
    • Hi,
      The patches for the second project will be in the mail tomorrow. I am sorry for the delay. Thanks for checking on this.

      Kim

      http://www.bsaadoptaschool.org/wp-login.php?redirect_to=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.bsaadoptaschool.org%2F%3Fpage_id%3D15"
  9. How will I know if I have followed the correct steps to get us signed up with our school? Will the principal have to sign something? Will we be notified when patches are to be sent out?

    http://www.bsaadoptaschool.org/wp-login.php?redirect_to=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.bsaadoptaschool.org%2F%3Fpage_id%3D15"
  10. How long does it take to get the materials for the program? I have filled out pledge form couple of weeks ago.

    Thank you,
    Alex Dreyzin

    http://www.bsaadoptaschool.org/wp-login.php?redirect_to=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.bsaadoptaschool.org%2F%3Fpage_id%3D15"
    • Hi Alex,
      I am mailing your yellow patches out today. They are going to Michael Stoughton.
      Kim

      http://www.bsaadoptaschool.org/wp-login.php?redirect_to=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.bsaadoptaschool.org%2F%3Fpage_id%3D15"
  11. We just signed up today with 31 scouts in our pack but will be gaining more through recruitment efforts this month. How do we get patches for the new scouts who will participate?

    http://www.bsaadoptaschool.org/wp-login.php?redirect_to=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.bsaadoptaschool.org%2F%3Fpage_id%3D15"
    • Hi,
      Please send me an email and I’ll send you more patches. kim.garrett@scouting.org
      Good luck on your recruiting efforts.
      Kim

      http://www.bsaadoptaschool.org/wp-login.php?redirect_to=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.bsaadoptaschool.org%2F%3Fpage_id%3D15"
  12. Can the partnerships be with private schools or is it expected that they only be with public schools?

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    • Jeffrey, private schools are welcome as well as public schools. Thank you for posting this questions.

      http://www.bsaadoptaschool.org/wp-login.php?redirect_to=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.bsaadoptaschool.org%2F%3Fpage_id%3D15"
  13. Will the Council Office receive notification if a unit partners with a school and registers it online?

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    • Yes, we are doing our best to notify Council when a unit has signed up. As this project goes national this should get more streamlined.
      thanks
      Michelle

      http://www.bsaadoptaschool.org/wp-login.php?redirect_to=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.bsaadoptaschool.org%2F%3Fpage_id%3D15"
  14. Hello, I have received the main patches for our boys but did not get the smaller project patches. Thank you,
    Dan Everson
    CC Pack 343

    http://www.bsaadoptaschool.org/wp-login.php?redirect_to=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.bsaadoptaschool.org%2F%3Fpage_id%3D15"
  15. Hello – I’m the PR and Community Engagement Manager for Goodwill Industries of Arkansas. I am interested in finding out how Goodwill can involved in the BSA Adopt-a-School program. Hosting a donation drive at a school would be a great addition to the Volunteer Ideas tab.

    Please let me know how to either contact Arkansas’ local chapter or get Goodwill involved in this exciting program.

    Thank you!
    rbrockman@goodwillar.org

    http://www.bsaadoptaschool.org/wp-login.php?redirect_to=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.bsaadoptaschool.org%2F%3Fpage_id%3D15"
  16. how does my unit get the main patches? I recieved the small project patches, but not the main one?

    http://www.bsaadoptaschool.org/wp-login.php?redirect_to=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.bsaadoptaschool.org%2F%3Fpage_id%3D15"
    • Sorry for the mix up, we will send out the main patch out to you this week. Thanks for your participation in this project and keep the comments coming. thanks Michelle S.

      http://www.bsaadoptaschool.org/wp-login.php?redirect_to=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.bsaadoptaschool.org%2F%3Fpage_id%3D15"
  17. Hello -

    I have a question more than a comment.

    My unit (Cub Scout pack) is pretty large and has members from at least 5 different schools.

    Does a pack commit to adopting a school, or can a den or patrol adopt a school?

    http://www.bsaadoptaschool.org/wp-login.php?redirect_to=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.bsaadoptaschool.org%2F%3Fpage_id%3D15"
    • Mark –
      If your pack is that large and you think a den or patrol can handle a school by itself then you most certainly can have it work that way. Really, this project is about what works best for your pack. Please let me know if you have any questions. And look forward to your Scouts pledging this project.

      http://www.bsaadoptaschool.org/wp-login.php?redirect_to=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.bsaadoptaschool.org%2F%3Fpage_id%3D15"
  18. Puerto Rico it not included on this

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    • Hector,
      Puerto Rico is included in this, sorry for any confusion. Please let us know if you have any questions.
      thanks Michelle

      http://www.bsaadoptaschool.org/wp-login.php?redirect_to=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.bsaadoptaschool.org%2F%3Fpage_id%3D15"

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