BSA's Good Turn for America
Good Turn for America is a long-term effort by the Boy Scouts of America to encourage and record good turn projects done in our communities. Every unit is assigned a unique Good Turn for America ID number with which to record information about service projects on the special website set up for this purpose. Information you will be asked to provide will include:
- The organization or group benefitting from the project
- Partnering organizations
- Date of the project
- Number of Scouts participating
- Number of non-Scouts helping
- Number of adults participating
- Total hours worked
Service projects may be entered throughout the year as they are done, no matter how big or small. After you enter the data for each project, your unit will be eligible to receive the Good Turn for America patch and year segment which can be obtained from the Scout Shop.
All you need is your unit’s Good Turn for America ID number. If you do not have your unit’s Good Turn for America ID number with which to enter the information on the website, contact your district executive.
Getting youth involved in direct community service is important. Good Turn for America is designed to help our coomunities with more Scouting service, to redouble our effort to instill the value of service in our youth, and to increase awareness of the Scouting program within our neighborhoods as we focus on three areas of common concern: relief from hunger, lack of housing, and a decline in fitness and health in America.
Good Turn for America builds on current council and unit service projects, as well as encouraging units to develop new projects projects to benefit their communities. Unit-level projects are usually performed for local agencies or in service of your chartering organization. The Boy Scouts of America challenges every unit to commit to furthering their efforts in providing service to their community, and education in the value of service to their youth. All Scouts will qualify for the Good Turn for America patch and yearly segments available at the Scout Shop.