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Scouting for Food

Scouting for Food

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Scouting for Food

In the Law of the Pack, a cub scout gives good will and in the Boy Scout Promise, a boy scout promises to help other people at all times.   By participating in a Scouting for Food program, scouts come a step closer to fulfilling those words.

Across the country, in many councils and districts, thousands of troops and packs with millions of scouts involved collect tens of millions of pounds of food which is distributed to needy neighbors. If your troop or pack is not involved in a local program, or if there is not a program in place, this is a great opportunity for you to help improve your scouting program.

The first step in getting your unit involved in a food drive is to find a Scouting For Food Chairman - someone that will organize and promote the project and be a liaison between your unit and district. Once that person is identified, it is easy to plug into an existing district or council program. If you want to start up a new program, the following is how it usually works:

General guidelines for organizing your unit's Scouting for Food program:

For a smooth running food collection program, remember these tips:

Whether on a distribution team, collection team, or clean up team, each time commitment will be about 2 hours. This is a great excuse to get out and hike a couple miles while performing service to the local community. Your scouts will be amazed at how much food they will collect if this is a new event for your unit. It is a tangible example of the generousity of people in your town.

 Mar 11, 2012 - Daimarr Keys
We all had a great time doing this project.
  Daimarr Keys  Troop 51 LaMesa
Oct 08, 2012 - Billy Green
Is there a patch that the local food  closet can award to the individuals that help??
Oct 08, 2012 - Scouter Paul
Billy - Yes, if you go to you can see generic Scouting 4 Food patches for sale.  Anyone can purchase as many as they want - the are not restricted.
Oct 29, 2012 - Jeff Thomas
What food bank should the troop be collecting for? Local? How does the troop get credit for a job well done?
Oct 31, 2012 - Scouter Paul
Jeff - I believe all food banks are 'local' - Second Harvest, PROP, Loaves and Fishes, United Food Bank, HopeLink, ...
Ask your district executive if a Scouting for Food program is already in place.  If not, contact your local government to find out what local food banks exist and how to contact them.
Regarding getting credit, the hours can be used for rank advancement or the unit can use them for Journey to Excellence requirements.  And, you can purchase patches like the one at the top at your local Scout Shop to recognize scouts, if you'd like.
Nov 19, 2012 - Dannelle
Is there a badge or something they earn for doing this.  Our boys had a great time.
Nov 19, 2012 - Scouter Paul
Dannelle - Yes, you can purchase patches at your local scout shop or online at
Dec 08, 2013 - Camille
Are there Webelos Requirements satisfied for and evening of distributing bags and a morning of collecting donations?
Dec 09, 2013 - Scouter Paul
@Camille - There is no Webelos rank requirement to do an act of service.  There is no specific Webelos activity badge that Scouting for Food ties into.
Apr 02, 2014 - jennifer
Does distributing the bags meet anything in the achievements or electives for the wolves?
Apr 02, 2014 - Scouter Paul
@jennifer - You could buy them Scouting4Food patches at your local scout shop.  Or, you might be able to tie it into Wolf achievement #4 or #9.
Aug 28, 2014 - Lynette Westvang
I want to know where to get that exact patch for our pack's November/December food drive, please and thank you
Aug 28, 2014 - Scouter Paul
@Lynette - go to or your local scout shop.

Oct 01, 2014 - Becky
Can this be earned if they are only loading the truck for an existing food drive program?  They will also be packing the individual's bags for distribution to needy children in the schools.
Oct 01, 2014 - Scouter Paul
@Becky - Scouting for Food is an annual BSA event, orchestrated at the council level.  This is not an award to be earned with specific requirements, and anyone can purchase a Scouting for Food patch from or your local scout shop.  
If there's no Scouting for Food program in your area, and the scouts help out another food drive program, then it's up to you to decide to present them with a patch.

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