Lo­cal Scouts Chal­lenge The Com­mu­nity As Good Turn Week Turns Into A Na­tional Move­ment

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Help build a friend­lier com­mu­nity; un­cover new ways to pay it for­ward

With our eyes glued to the screens of our phones, we of­ten miss out on the op­por­tu­nity to con­nect with oth­ers. The po­ten­tial for good deeds is all around us – just wait­ing to be dis­cov­ered. Lo­cal Scouts are chal­leng­ing the com­mu­nity to look up from their screens, dis­cover some­one in need and per­form a Good Turn dur­ing the 7th an­nual Scouts Canada Good Turn Week from April 22 - May 1, 2016.

Ini­ti­ated in 2009 by Scouts Canada, Good Turn Week is not just for Scouts; it is a na­tional move­ment. Let us bring it to our com­mu­nity. Sim­ply per­form a Good Turn and en­cour­age the re­cip­i­ent to pay it for­ward to help spark a cy­cle of good­will across our com­mu­nity.

Last year from coast-to-coast, a home­less youth shel­ter in Kelowna, BC got a much-needed facelift; a stu­dent in Markham, ON gave blood; kids in need in St. John’s, NF re­ceived healthy school lunches and snacks – these are just a few of the count­less acts of kind­ness that took place. This year Scouts Canada will launch 34 ma­jor com­mu­nity projects, more than dou­ble the num­ber in 2015, made pos­si­ble by a gen­er­ous do­na­tion from RBC Foun­da­tion.

Sim­ple and easy to per­form, Good Turns can change some­one’s day. From ef­fort­less tasks that take sec­onds, to small projects, Good Turn op­por­tu­ni­ties are there for the tak­ing. They can help make our com­mu­nity friend­lier and stronger, not to men­tion creat­ing health­ier, em­pow­ered youth and adults at the same time. That is right; per­form­ing an act of kind­ness is good for the body and mind.

So to dis­cover your bright side dur­ing Good Turn Week, here are some ideas that might get you started down the Good Turn Week road: older rel­a­tive’s smart­phone or com­puter. or wood­lands. or bake treats and hand them out on your street. and ac­ces­sories to the Hu­mane So­ci­ety. at a home­less shel­ter. snack or lunch. blan­kets to a home­less shel­ter. For book­worms, do­nate some of your home li­brary to a school or med­i­cal fa­cil­ity. your life, such as a bus driver, police of­fi­cer or teacher.

Scouts will carry the load this Good Turn Week. Lit­er­ally. They will be portag­ing non-per­ish­able do­na­tions in ca­noes across ma­jor cities. At the lo­cal level, they will be in­volved in var­i­ous projects from hand­ing out um­brel­las on a rainy day or meals to the home­less, to build­ing bat boxes, but­ter­fly gar­dens and ac­ces­sories for Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity homes.

Find out more or share your Good Turn by sub­mit­ting it via Scouts.ca/good­turn­week, or on so­cial me­dia by us­ing #Good­Turn­Week and tag­ging @Scout­sCanada

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