Good Turn for America

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Good Turn for America provides an avenue for councils to highlight the service that's going on now, including individual service projects and efforts conducted in partnership with organizations such as The Salvation Army, Habitat for Humanity, the American Heart Association, and others.

Each year through 2010, the Boy Scouts of America will sponsor a national reporting day. This event will provide a platform to report service successes back to our communities.


Good Turn for America/Scouting Anniversary Week Ideas

The following are ideas for tying together service and Scouting Anniversary Week:

  • Organize Scouts and leaders to deliver a state of Scouting report to the local city council, mayor, or other officials. The report might include an overview of service projects and total number of service hours performed by Scouts and volunteers in the community.
  • Conduct a special district-wide Good Turn for America service project during Scouting Anniversary Week.
  • Use Anniversary Week as the kickoff for a year-long service effort such as working on a house with Habitat for Humanity, emergency preparedness education with the Red Cross, or food and clothing drives with The Salvation Army.

For details on Good Turn for America and more service ideas,

News Release

Good Turn for America is an initiative designed to increase collaborations between the millions of BSA members and participants and other groups and organizations to better meet community needs.

"Scouting's oath to America has always been to serve other people at all times. We take that oath very seriously and provide an average of 48 million hours of service in communities throughout the country each year," states Roy L. Williams, Chief Scout Executive. "While this is a Scouting initiative, it is meant to include everyone in the community. You don't have to be a member of Scouting to join in on many of the public service projects."

Nationally, the Boy Scouts of America, The Salvation Army, Habitat for Humanity, and the American Red Cross are collectively asking every American to address the food, shelter, and health needs of their community. Through the combined efforts of these organizations and other groups that provide similar service in communities around the country, families will have sufficient food to eat, homelessness can be reduced, and we will reduce the growing number of obese individuals. Through Good Turn for America, everyone can do something to make a difference in the lives of others.

Good Turn for America helps provide communities with more Scouting service, instills the value of service in our youth, and increases awareness of the Scouting program within our neighborhoods as we focus on three areas of common concern: food, shelter and health.

Good Turn for America builds on current unit service projects, as well as encouraging units to develop new projects to benefit their communities. Unit-level projects are usually performed for local agencies or in service of a chartering organization.

As of February 23, 2009, the Good Turn for American Web site indicated 8,303,557 service hours that had been performed by members of the Boy Scouts of America.

Good Turn for America: A Fund-Raising Tool

Good Turn for America offers you new funding opportunities by enabling individuals and companies who may not agree with our membership policies to still support the important tasks of feeding the hungry, providing adequate shelter, and reducing youth obesity.

On the Good Turn for America Web site,, you will find more information about the program, project ideas, and letters of support from members of Congress, governors, the president's cabinet, community organizations, and Fortune 500 companies.

Use the letters to get your foot in the door with your community leaders and the local offices of many Fortune 500 companies. If their corporate officers support Good Turn for America, they will too.

In addition to the letters, use the service project information collected from your units. Your Web administrator can run a report of how many service projects were conducted and the number of service hours contributed by your district. Use this information when meeting with leaders to demonstrate Scouting's value to the community.

The Independent Sector, a coalition of foundations, nonprofit organizations, corporations, and individuals, values volunteer time at $17.55 per hour. Multiply this figure by the number of service hours on your report and you can easily estimate the financial value of Scouting for your community.

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