Servant's Heart Award
We would like to encourage every Quest member to help better their community and the lives of the people around them. Each Club and member is encouraged to do a minimum of three service projects each year. One for the community, one for whoever hosts their club meetings, and one ongoing project of the kids’ choice. For example, your club may choose to sing Christmas carols to the elderly (local community), weed the parking lot of the church that hosts your club, and ring bells for Salvation Army each year.
Kids who participate in these projects or do other community service outside of the club are eligible to earn the Servant‘s Heart award. More than one heart may be earned each year. To earn a Servant’s Heart each child must perform a set number of community service hours. The hours required are listed at the end of this page.
5 hours = Red Heart
5 hours = Red Heart
10 hours = Silver Heart
15 hours = Gold Heart
20 hours = Gold Diamond Heart
100 hours = Gold Ruby Heart
500 hours = Sapphire Hearts
(Worn on level ribbon – remains on vest when advancing levels)
In the forms section is a Service Hour Tally Sheet. All service hours should be logged on that sheet . When a you have enough hours for a Servant‘s Heart, fill out a Servant’s Heart completion form (found in the forms section) and bring it to the next meeting.
Community service is any activity that you volunteer to do for the betterment of your community. Most people think of things like picking up trash, participating in a canned food drive, or singing Christmas Carols to the elderly. While these are worthwhile projects, don’t forget to count things like helping to coach a soccer team, or volunteering to help at VBS or Sunday School. These types of events could not happen without enough volunteers.
Certain volunteer activity should not count toward community service hours, as it is more of a favor to family or friends. Examples may include your neighbor asking you to watch their puppy, helping someone pack for a move, or watching someone’s children. You should help out when needed simply because it is the right thing to do, not because you are being rewarded for it.
Certain service projects may involve health and safety risks. Many clubs and individual Quest members offer to help pick up trash in their communities. If you choose to participate in any form of litter clean up, please follow the guidelines below.
1. All kids should wear gloves and be instructed as to what type of trash is unsafe to handle (used drug needles, medical wastes, glass, etc.)
2. Make sure to bring special containers to handle sharp articles that may pierce a plastic trash bag and injure someone. Only older kids and adults should handle broken glass.
3. Kids should always wear closed toed shoes during any trash cleanup.
4. Leaders should always make sure that trash is disposed of properly as they may be held liable for any illegal disposal.
5. Quest members may not clean up along highways or other fast moving roadways due to the possibility of a serious accident.
6. Level 1 members are not allowed to participate in roadside clean ups.
Another potentially risky service project involves food service at homeless shelters. There have been several incidents of hepatitis outbreaks at these facilities. Some shelters are now requiring all volunteers be vaccinated. Please discuss all possible health risks with the management of the shelter before volunteering. Preschoolers and Level 1 members are not allowed to serve food at these facilities.