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Walt Carothers

Don Wheaton
Committee Chair

From the inception of the Scouting movement, Scouts have been urged to "Do a Good Turn Daily". The first national Good Turn was the promotion of a safe and saneFourth of July in 1913. During World War I, Every Scout to Save a Soldier was a slogan used to motivate Boy Scouts to help sell War savings stamps.

Scouting for Food is an on-going annual program begun in 1986 that collects food for local food banks. In 1997, the BSA developed Service to America with a commitment to provide 200 million hours of service by youth members by the end of the year 2000. As part of Service to America, the BSA provided service projects in conjunction with the National Park Service (NPS). In October 2003, the Department of the Interior expanded the program with the creation of Take Pride in America, opening service to all Americans.

Service to America became Good Turn for America in 2004 and expanded to address the problems of hunger, homelessness, and inadequate housing and poor health in conjunction with the Salvation Army, the American Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity, and other organizations.

Community service is not only the core of scouting, you can't move up in ranks without it.  Below are links to organizations that are often in need of assistance.  Scouts may be able to use service for these organizations to fulfill rank requirements.

Greening of Detroit! - A service to repopulate urban areas in Detroit with trees and landscaping. 

The Friendship Circle - Helping children with special needs.

United Way - This link should take you to a list of 138 organizations looking for volunteers ages 12 or 13 and up.  Please read the restrictions carefully, some have special requirements, or specific age requirements.

Volunteer Match - A website dedicated to helping people find organizations looking for volunteers.


* In addition to those items listed above, scouts may consider volunteering or completing community service projects in their neighborhood, school, city, or state.


A Scout is:

On my honor, I will do my best 
To do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; 
To help other people at all times; 
To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight