WeeWillie wrote:...There is never a right reason to double dip. If National intended for CITC MB to double dip with Star/Life they would have made CITC MB 2 hours. They didn't. ...
Your logic here also works the other way. If National intended that the hours for CITC could not be counted for Star/Life, they would have specified so. Just like in Hiking MB, it specifically says that the hikes for requirement 5 and 6 cannot count for other MBs but can count for Second Class (2a) and First Class (3).
WeeWillie wrote:We are suposed to be teaching our Scouts lifetime values. Do we really want to be teaching our Scouts that community service is something to avoid whenever possible. How many hours are you putting into Scouting in six months? Why shouldn't you be expecting your Scouts to put in 14?
CITC MB requirements wrote:7a. Choose a charitable organization outside of Scouting that interests you and brings people in your community together to work for the good of the community.
7c. With your counselor's and your parent's approval, contact the organization and find out what your people can do to help. While working on this merit badge, volunteer at least eight hours of your time for the organization. ...
The CITC requirement is very specific ... choose an organization that fits this criteria, contact them, ask what you can do, do at least eight hours.
This is not your every day service project. This is a scout taking the initiative to plan/organize, and then spending at least 8 hours of their time. This sounds more like an Eagle project than hours for Star/Life. If the boy does the paperwork to get it pre-approved, there is no reason it couldn't be used as the Eagle project. If the boy goes through the effort to do the CITC service as it is written in the requirement, I'm not going to tell him that he can't advance until his does more. Recognize the boy for what he has done - don't make the service a drudgery.
There are plenty of service opportunities, and most active scouts are going to have done plenty of hours besides the specific ones for this requirement. If the only hours they did are the 8 for this requirement, then they have still done 8 hours, which is more than the hours required for Star/Life.