By Heather Eskritt & Marlissa Moro, Youth Spokespeople and 2015 Good Turn Week Community Project participants
Good Turn week gives Scouts from across the country an opportunity to encourage Canadians to do a good deed in their community and pay it forward. This year, Good Turn Week is happening from April 22 – May 1. Part of Good Turn week is the Good Turn Week Community Project Challenge. In the fall, Scouts and Scouters are challenged to share their ideas with Scouts Canada and apply to get financial support. This year, Scouts Canada is helping to fund 34 projects from across the country.
Last year, our project was “Scouts in the Community — Good Turn Week Care Packages”. It started off with us, two Rovers, and developed into a Good Turn that involved multiple Scouts and Scouters from Cascadia Council in British Columbia. We collected important personal items that are often not accessible to those in need such as— socks, toothbrushes, deodorant and granola bars. We, along with other Rovers, Scouts, Cubs, and Beavers, assembled 100 care packages the morning of April 25th, and from there we went to downtown Kelowna, distributing the packages to those in need. We donated our leftover care packages to women’s and men’s shelters in the community.
The impact that it had on our community was truly amazing. The members of our community that received care packages were very appreciative. We were also humbled by the selflessness of the Scouts in other Groups and Sections that spent their day helping not only us, but their community as well.
Good Turn Week is just one more opportunity for Scouts to bring the Scouts Mission to life in an impactful way. When it comes to community caring, it starts with Scouts. You can follow #GoodTurnWeek on social media to view all the Good Turns that are happening and share your own.
This year there is also a Good Turn Tracker on the Good Turn Website. It tracks all the Good Turns across the country and allows you to upload photos and videos of your Good Turns!
Good Turns can range from planned projects to small acts of kindness… What will your Good Turn be?