October 2008 Cub Scout Roundtable Issue
November 2008 Theme
Seeds of Kindness
Citizen and Communicator
Good Turn For America
Sam Houston Area Council
From barn raisings to soup
kitchens, ordinary Americans have always made an extraordinary difference in the
lives of their neighbors and in their communities by lending a helping hand.
Today, America needs the service of its citizens more than ever. Hunger, lack of
adequate shelter, poor health—these are issues that affect all of us. The Boy
Scouts of America believes that we can do something about these issues—if we
work together. That's why we've created Good Turn for America. Good Turn for
America is a collaboration with The Salvation Army, Habitat for Humanity,
American Red Cross, and thousands of other community organizations that focuses
the power of volunteerism on these important community issues.
For information, visit
Seneca District, Buckeye Council
Good Turn is more than simple good manners. It is a special act of
The Boy Scout
Handbook, 11th Edition, p. 55
Scouts of America's Good Turn traces back to American businessman William D.
Boyce who was lost in a London fog. A boy offered to take Boyce to the address
he wanted and refused a tip, saying he was a Boy Scout. Boyce's curiosity was
aroused. He later had the boy take him to Scouting's British founder, Lord
Baden-Powell. From this chance meeting, the Boy Scouts of America was born.
Boy Scouts nationally have been called to serve, from selling war bonds during
World War II to collecting canned goods in the 1980s.
for America is a national call to service by the Boy Scouts of America to
address the issues of hunger, homelessness, and poor health in our nation.
effort, the Boy Scouts of America is partnering with some of the nation's most
respected service organizations, including The Salvation Army, Habitat for
Humanity, and Special Presentation the American Red Cross. These organizations,
and thousands of others, will work to provide opportunities for youth and
volunteers to fight hunger and homelessness, and teach the habits of healthy
living. Youth and volunteers are looking for ways to serve their communities.
At the same time, service organizations need dedicated volunteer help. By
working together, we can improve our young people, our communities, and the
The project should be
age-appropriate. Youth should not be asked to participate in activities that are
beyond their physical, mental, and emotional capacity.
There should be proper
adult supervision during all phases of the project.
guidelines related to the project should be communicated to all participants.
Those within Scouting
should follow the Guide to Safe Scouting.
Conduct or expand
Scouting for Food programs
collaborative food drives and collect food donations for food pantries
meals to the hungry
Assist agencies that
provide meals to the needy by helping them prepare and serve the meals
Help deliver meals and
food to the homebound and elderly in conjunction with organizations such as
Meals on Wheels
organizations that build homes for the needy
Take part in a Habitat
for Humanity homebuilding project
beautification projects, including repairing/repainting homes and sprucing up
the yards of those in need
that provide home maintenance services for those in need
shelters and their occupants
toiletries, and supplies for people living in shelters.
Collect books and school
supplies for children living in shelters
Collect toys and gifts
for children of prisoners or those living in shelters
Conduct visits and
reading programs for residents
programs for residents
Provide other volunteer
services that improve the quality of shelter life
Conduct a fund-raiser
for a not-for-profit shelter
Offer unit-level community and school-based sports and fitness clinics
BSA Physical Fitness
Award and the Venturing Quest Sports and Fitness Award
Take a unit hike
Fun run/walk/cycle event
Scout field games
a community health awareness project
Distribution of healthy
living and drug abuse awareness literature
Distribute organ donor
cards to the public
Conduct a child
service projects to build healthier environments
Park or camp trial
maintenance and repair
Projects to enhance
litter cleanup projects
How Do I
Click on the “TELL US ABOUT YOUR PROJECT” in
the left side menu.
Click “click here to log in or create an
Click the red underlined “Click here.”
Click “I agree.”
You will need your unit Good Turn for America
Unit ID number for the first line. You may get this from your District
Complete the rest of the information on this
page to complete your account creation. Be sure to let others in your unit know
what your unit’s ID, registration and password is so they can log their hours as
well. Or designate someone to enter all of the information for your unit and
have the den leaders submit the necessary information to them for entry.
When you need to enter your service hours, be
sure to login from the “Tell us about your project” menu selection. Simply
follow the prompts to enter your project hours and details. The website will
keep track of the information for you.
Information you will be asked
to provide will include:
The organization or group benefiting from the
Date of the project
Number of Scouts participating
Number of non-Scouts helping
Number of adults participating
Total hours worked
Service projects may be
entered throughout the year as they are done, no matter how big or small. After
you enter the data for each project, your unit will be eligible to receive the
Good Turn for America patch and year segment which can be obtained from the
Boys’ Life Reading Contest for 2008
SAY ‘YES’ TO READING
Enter the 2008 Boys’ Life Reading Contest
Write a one-page report titled “The Best Book I Read
This Year” and enter it in the Boys’ Life 2008 “Say Yes to Reading!” contest.
The book can be fiction or nonfiction. But the report
has to be in your own words — 500 words tops. Enter in one of these three age
8 years old and younger
9 and 10 years old
11 years old and older
First-place winners in each age category will receive
a $100 gift certificate good for any product in the Boy Scouts official retail
catalog. Second-place winners will receive a $75 gift certificate and
third-place winners a $50 certificate.
Everyone who enters will get a free patch like the
one shown above. (And, yes, the patch is a temporary insignia, so it can
be worn on your Cub Scout or Boy Scout uniform shirt, on the right pocket.
Proudly display it there or anywhere!) In coming years, you’ll have the
opportunity to earn different patches.
The contest is open to all Boys’ Life readers. Be
sure to include your name, address, age and grade in school on the entry.
Send your report, along with a business-size,
self-addressed, stamped envelope, to:
Boys’ Life Reading Contest
P.O. Box 152079
Irving, TX 75015-2079
Entries must be postmarked by Dec. 31, 2008 and must
include entry information and a self-addressed, stamped envelope.
For more details go to
Knot of the Month
Department of Defense Outstanding
Volunteer Service Medal
Buckeye Council, BSA
The OVSM is an honor awarded to members of the
armed forces who perform outstanding volunteer community service of a sustained,
direct and consequential nature subsequent to 31 December 1992. This is
considered a Boy Scout Community Organization Award, so recipients may wear the
community service knot above on their BSA uniform, plus the medal or service
ribbon is awarded for their military uniform.
To be eligible, an individual’s service must:
Be to a civilian
community, to include the military family community
Be significant in
nature and produce tangible results
on the Military and Department of Defense
Be of a sustained
and direct nature
There is no specific time period, service should
merit the special recognition afforded by this medal.
Here is an award I did not know about. I am sure most all of us have
active duty personnel helping our units and councils. Lets see what we can do
for them. I wish I had known about this a few months ago. Our District
Commissioner just retired after 20 plus years of active duty. It sure would
have been great to see him receive this.
information on this award or what other organizational awards are eligible for
recognition with a
Boy Scout Community Service Award go to
National's Website -
Our (USScouts) website -
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