Do a Good Turn Daily.. That is the Slogan of Scouting. It is a challenge to each of us to look for some way to be of service. The slogan asks us to seek opportunities every day to do something… anything that will ultimately make a difference.
It is my belief that when we look at this challenge we feel it is to large. It is a lofty goal to actually make a difference in this world.
What we need to do is think little. Little things matter.
When we teach leadership in our Troop one of our principles is to “Focus on the Little Things.” That principle is all about details and those things that add up to big things. Little things like keeping your gloves out of the snow. Just a little thing, but the big thing is cold hands, wet gear, and maybe frost bite. Another example is ensuring that your tent is pitched properly. Making sure your guy lines are taught and pulled in line. Not a big deal, until it rains and your rain fly does not function properly. Just a little thing that makes a big difference.
And so it is with the Good Turn. Little things make a big difference. Holding open a door or carrying a bag. Little things that make a big difference for the person you helped.
A smile could change someones attitude or outlook on the day.
I think we get wrapped up in service for service sake and not for the difference we make.
Just think.. there are about two million Scouts in America. They represent about 103 thousand units. Those units represent Schools, Churches, Communities. So if 2 million Scouts did their Good Turn each day, just something small, we could change our world. That does not event take into consideration the Adult Volunteers that teach, coach, train, and mentor those 2 million Scouts. Add about 1.2 million to that number. 3 million people doing a small act of service every day. When we talk about little to big.. we can see that we make a big difference when and where it really matters.
In 2015 the Boy Scouts of America logged 1.53 million service hours. Those were hours of service dedicated to building things, collecting food, and working for our communities. That seems like a big number but at the end of the day we may not see the big impact. A lot of our service is dedicated to our chartering partners and people directly impacted in Scouting. That is great and I certainly would not want to take one minute of those hours away.. they make a difference. But in snap shots.
Little to Big.. each of us.. every day. Now that would leave a mark that could be seen from outer space.
Think little to big. Do your Good Turn every day!
Have a Great Scouting Day!