Scouting for Food

When is it?

Bag Drop Off – Saturday, November 2, 2019

Food Pick Up – Saturday, November 9, 2019

What is Scouting for Food?

Scouting for Food is a council-wide service project to care for people in our local communities who are hungry and those in need. The project begins Saturday, November 2, 2019, as Scouts distribute bags in their neighborhoods to announce the upcoming food drive. Scouts return the following Saturday, November 9, 2019, to pick up and deliver donations to their local food banks and pantries.
A Scout promises to help other people at all times. There is no better way to show our Scouting spirit than by participating in the annual Scouting for Food drive! Now is the time to show our community the Scouting values of being loyal, helpful, kind and cheerful.
Scouts will help make a difference to fight hunger. Scouting for Food is the leading service program for Boy Scouts of America and is a part of the national BSA program – Good Turn for America.

Unit Registration

Register your unit for Scouting for Food (click to hide)

Scouting for Food Unit Registration

Reporting Food Collected and Service Hours / Ordering Patches

On November 9, 2019 the unit leader will report the amount of food collected and request patches. Patches will be available for pickup at December roundtables. The council will report all service hours for the units on the BSA Journey to Excellence website.

Frequently Asked Questions

Unit Leader Guidebook

Timeline

September

  • Ensure your unit has a Scouting for Food coordinator as well as an additional group of helpers
  • Ensure your district Scouting for Food chair knows your unit is participating by registering your unit online at www.quapawbsa.org/scouting-for-food#register.
  • Promote on social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram and Nextdoor. Get your Scouts and local community excited about this great opportunity to make a difference and help fight hunger in the Quapaw Area Council!

October Roundtable

  • Pick up unit coverage maps at the October roundtable.

Before Bag Distribution

  • Pick up Scouting for Food bags at the designated location
  • Distribute territory instructions and safety guidelines to Scouts and drivers.
  • Ensure enough drivers are recruited for the Saturdays.
  • Divide your coverage maps into smaller areas to provide to each driver/Scout team.

Bag Distribution Day

  • Scouts gather at assembly area, conduct instructional and safety briefing for all Scouts and drivers.
  • Pass out maps and driver instructions.
  • Deliver bags door to door.

Food Collection Day

  • Scouts gather at assembly area, conduct instructional and safety briefing for all Scouts and drivers.
  • Pass out maps and driver instructions.
  • Conduct the food collection for your territory.
  • Consolidate the food into as few vehicles as possible for transport to the drop off site
  • Calculate the food weight using the suggested formula and complete the unit collection report.
  • Deliver the food to the designated district drop off site
  • Contact your district Scouting for Food chair and report the number of pounds collected.

After Food Collection Day

  • Congratulate your Scouts on a job well done.
  • Scout leader logs in service hours at www.quapawbsa.org/scouting-for-food#report.
  • The unit Scouting for Food chair collects patches at December roundtable, and distribute them at next unit meeting.

Unit Territory Instructions

  • Your unit should work its assigned territory only. It is crucial that you cover your assigned area thoroughly. Each year the council office receives calls from disappointed people whose homes are missed.
  • On boundary streets, collect on your side of the street only (unless given other instructions).
  • Skip apartment units with controlled access and “No Solicitation” rules. Scouts should not enter a building with multiple units, or a single entry that would allow a Scout to be out of sight from the street.
  • Collect from private homes only. Do not solicit from grocery stores or other commercial establishments.
  • Be certain Scouts are in full uniform, travel in groups of two or more, and are adequately supervised – this is especially true for Cub Scouts.
  • Door hangers should be distributed door-to-door beginning at 9:00 am. Place hangers on a door handle or between a storm door and entry door. Do not put them in mailboxes; it is against the law.
  • Food must be collected beginning at 10:00 am or later. Collect food from the same area where you distributed door hangers. Food should be turned in to your district collection station or local food pantry. Collection stations will be open from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm and will be supervised by Scouting personnel.
  • If you have any questions, contact your district Scouting for Food chair or district professional.

Safety Guidelines

  • Do not go into unsafe areas or areas that you are not comfortable
  • Use the buddy system and be safety conscious.
  • No one-on-one contact between adults and youth members (e.g., have one adult and two youth members in a group)
  • Use extreme caution when crossing streets.
  • Never to ride in the back of pick-ups or trailers
  • Never to enter a home
  • Do not enter fenced yards with dogs
  • Always wear safety belts while riding in a vehicle
  • Always make sure an adult accompanies all Scouts
  • Wear a Scout uniform
  • Be friendly and courteous to everyone.
  • Do not walk across lawns or flowerbeds. Use sidewalks
  • Thank people even if they don’t contribute.
  • Have fun with your fellow Scouts!

Reporting Service Hours and Collection Totals

On Saturday, after the collection is complete, please report service hours and the amount of food collected to the link below. The unit report can help collect the information that will need to be reported.

Information needed:

  • Unit type and number
  • Unit contact
  • Participation (number of Scouts, siblings, leaders, other adults)
  • Name of the organization where food was donated
  • Total hours of service (number of people volunteering times hours worked both weekends)
  • Type of service (food collection or food sorting)
  • Amount of food collected [number of items and pounds of food (pounds of food = number of cans and boxes x .8)]
  • Feedback

Units should coordinate with their district Scouting for Food chair to determine where each of the district’s units will be collecting food. Coordinating with the district Scouting for Food chair should eliminate any confusion regarding overlapping coverage areas.

Bring the food to the assigned district collection point where it will be gathered and distributed to food pantries.

Scouts only need to participate in one of the two weekends for Scouting for Food (bag drop off or food pick up). However, Scouts are encouraged to participate both weekends.

Yes, members of the entire family can participate in the food drive. Their participation is counted towards Journey to Excellence (JTE).

The council will submit your unit's service hours on the BSA Journey to Excellence website.

If a unit reports their participation on the day of food collection, patches should be available to units at the December roundtable. Delays in submissions may mean patches are unavailable or that special arrangements will need to be made for a pick-up at a future roundtable.

Yes, units can participate in individual or group food drives at other times of the year.  The food pantries will appreciate any donations provided. These service hours can be entered in Journey to Excellence so the unit receives credit for participating in a service project; however, Scouting for Food patches won’t be available for these collections.