“Do a good turn daily” is the Scouts BSA slogan. Here are 12 examples of good turns for Scouts to do. Perfect for the holiday season!
The holidays are a perfect time for our Scouts to “do a good turn daily.” And it should start with us parents setting the example.
We can talk to our kids about being kind to others but seeing us going just a little bit out of our way to be kind is a much better lesson.
Every early November the past few years, I say to myself that we'll do a random act of kindness every day for the entire month of December as our good turns.
Then the next thing I know, it's the middle of December, and we haven't done any. I'm sure that hasn't happened to any of you! 🙂
This year, I'm determined to make it happen. As I was thinking about what we could do, I decided to put a Cub Scout twist on the idea and call these “Holiday Good Turns.“
Read on to find out how I picked these 12 examples of good turns.
Criteria for Good Turns for Scouts
Because the holidays are so hectic for my family (as I know it is for you too), the Good Turns had to meet certain criteria:
- They must be quick.
- They must only need little advance planning.
- They must be inexpensive or free to fit everyone's budget.
- They must be done at places that are close to our home.
By sticking to ideas that are practical for my situation, it's much more likely that we'll be able to do them.
There are lots of printables for these types of activities, but I wanted some that would show our community that our Cub Scouts are trying to make someone's day a little better.
So, I put together two for you. One can be used if you are giving something, and the other can be used if you are performing a service.
Scroll on down to get the free Cub Scout Holiday Good Turn cards.
Hopefully, these examples of good turns will inspire you and your Cub Scout to do a holiday Good Turn daily!
Examples of Good Turns for Scouts
1. Candy Cane Bomb a Parking Lot
Imagine leaving the grocery store to see candy canes on every car in the parking lot! I would use the “Good Turn for You” cards for this one.
Buy a box of mini-candy canes. Tape a candy cane to each card, and head out to a parking lot.
Any parking lot will work–grocery store, library, post office, even your school. It's a good idea to have your Cub Scout tell the manager know what they're doing.
Put a card on each car, and watch for people's reactions.
2. Trash Can Returns
Just think–you pull into your driveway to find that someone has wheeled your garbage can up to your house for you. When your Cub Scout gets home from school on the next trash day, walk through your neighborhood and wheel the cans back up the driveway for your neighbors.
You can tape “Enjoy My Good Turn” cards to the can to let them know who took care of this chore for them.
3. Hidden Dollar Store Dollars
Kids will be so excited when they find the money to buy a toy at the dollar store! Punch a hole in the corner of the cards, and tape $1.10 to it.
Hang them on the pegs in the toy department at your local dollar store (Dollar Tree is my favorite!). The extra dime will cover the sales tax so that kids who find them can purchase the toy of their choice.
4. Shopping Cart Round Up
Help out the baggers at your local grocery store by wheeling all the carts back inside. You could even give the Enjoy My Good Turn card to the manager.
5. Vending Machine Elves
Make someone's day by buying them a treat! For this Good Turn, put a couple of dollars in an envelope or plastic sandwich bag, and tape it to a vending machine along with the note.
6. Thank a Teacher
Sometimes, we forget to thank the people who are most influential in our lives. Have your Scout spend a few minutes writing a thank you note to his or her teacher. Be sure they tell their teacher what they like most about the class.
7. Loose Change Scavenger Hunt
A little can mean a lot. Spend 10 minutes dashing through your house looking for all your loose change. Donate it to your favorite charity.
This seems so simple, but it can really make someone's day. The next time you're out (at a restaurant, the library, etc.), take a few minutes and hold the door for people coming in or out. It's even better if your child is wearing their Cub Scout uniform.
9. Bubble Gum Machine Benefactors
Want to make a kid (and their parents) happy? Tape quarters and the This is For You note to bubble gum machines. If you can, stay nearby and watch the little kids' faces light up.
10. Treat Delivery for our Hometown Heroes
Recognize your hometown heroes! Make cookies or cupcakes and deliver them to your local police or fire department. Be sure the Scouts wear their Cub Scout uniforms.
This can help fulfill one of the requirements for the Hometown Heroes adventure.
11. Cold Night Warm Drink
Warm someone's heart. Buy a coffee or hot chocolate for someone who's outside in the cold. This could be the Salvation Army bell ringer, a homeless person, or someone waiting at the bus stop.
12. Cubmaster and Committee Chairman Recognition
We often forget how hard they work. Write thank you letters to your Cubmaster and Committee Chairman. Have the Scouts tell them how much they appreciate their efforts for the pack!
Since every rank has a service project requirement, many of these Cub Scout examples of good turns can be used to fulfill them.
What other examples of good turns do you have? Let us know in the comments!
Yours in Scouting,
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