Service Day

All College Park Scholars begin their college experience by completing a day of community service. A Scholars tradition that is 25 years old, Service Day reflects our commitment to service and the importance of community, two of our founding values. 

Ultimately, students get a chance to bond with new classmates and faculty and staff in their Scholars program while making a difference in nearby communities.

Due to limitations from the COVID-19 pandemic, freshmen starting in fall 2020 will participate in #ScholarsServes activities virtually and throughout the fall rather than Service Day.

SGC students wave from a bog on Service Day

Service Day Meals

Pick up your breakfast and lunch on the morning of Service Day before you meet your group.

  • If you are a student living in a residence hall, you will pick up a breakfast and boxed lunch at the North Campus Diner, unless you pre-ordered a kosher meal.
  • If you are a commuter or you ordered a kosher meal, you will pick up a breakfast and boxed lunch outside of Cumberland Hall, at the check-in tables on the Cambridge Community quad.

What to Bring 

In all instances, please check site-specific requirements below.

  • Wear your Scholars t-shirt (which you will pick up at Playfair) and clothes that can get dirty
  • Wear closed-toe shoes (no sandals, flip flops, high heels or Crocs)
  • No sleeveless shirts, tank tops or shirts that expose midriff
  • Bring water in reusable water bottle
  • Bring allergy or other medications, if appropriate
  • Consider wearing or bringing sunscreen and insect repellant, if your site is outdoors
  • A backpack to keep lunch and water is recommended

Program Sites and Details

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