Good Turn for America is a national call to service by the Boy Scouts of America to address the issues of hunger, homelessness, and poor health in our nation. In this effort, the Boy Scouts of America is partnering with some of the nation’s most respected service organizations, including The Salvation Army, Habitat for Humanity, the American Red Cross, the American Cancer Society, America’s Second Harvest, and the Department of Homeland Security. These organizations and thousands of others will work to provide opportunities for youth and volunteers to fight hunger and homelessness, and teach the habits of healthy living.
This national service initiative helps tell the story of Scouting within our communities. Since 2005, Good Turn for America has recorded over two million Scouts and volunteers providing over 7 million hours of service to help combat hunger, inadequate housing, poor health, disaster recovery, and promoting conservation of our resources. We know that our Scout units are providing even more service to the communities – the challenge is getting you to report it!
So how can you get involved? Participating in Good Turn For America is easy, exciting and meaningful. To begin, your unit should recruit a Unit Good Turn for America Coordinator and incorporate the Good Turn for America initiatives into your unit’s annual activities and program plans. Select a service project that the entire unit can participate in (we recommend Scouting for Food).
Once you have completed your service hours, make sure you log them.
You’ll be able to report on a Service Project, view all previously recorded projects, and report on individual Eagle Scout service projects.
These volunteer opportunities will include outside service opportunities for things such as: Eagle projects, group projects for Cub Units, volunteer work to advance rank, etc.
Scouts make a difference with their Good Turns, and here are a few local organizations focused on environmental sustainability, nature preservation, and growing food to feed their neighbors. All of these organizations welcome Scouts as volunteers.
Preservation Parks of Delaware County
Scouts are welcome to help with various grounds-keeping projects and small building projects. Contact Saundra McBrearty (740) 524-8600, ext. 6 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Franklinton Gardens, east Columbus
A non-profit urban farm committed to feeding the hungry in the neighborhood and improving the lives of its neighbors. Groups of scouts are welcome to help with planting, weeding, harvest, and small building projects. Franklinton Gardens also works closely with St. John next door, which was proud to have an Eagle Scout build a semi-permeable parking lot last year. Eagle projects are welcome. Contact Jo at 614-233-1887 or Franklintongardens.org/
The Grange Audobon Center, German Village neighborhood of Columbus
Scouts already enjoy wonderful educational programs here, so learn more about how your Scout group can assist with special events or during workdays removing invasive species and trash removal. Support your local headquarters for bird lovers. Contact Allison Roush at email@example.com or 614-545-5482.
Zero Waste, Ohio Stadium at The Ohio State University
Help Ohio State become waste free! OSU is looking for volunteers to assist fans at this years spring game on April 18th. You will be responsible for helping fans place items in the correct bins, in order to divert 90% of waste from Ohio Stadium. Scouts must be at least 16 years of age to volunteer. Eagle project opportunities and part-time employment may be available for Scouts, too. There is only room for 15 scouts, so space is limited. Scouts must be in full Class A uniform. If interested please contact Tony Gillund, Gillund.firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com or 614-292-1528.
Friends of the Sawmill Wetlands, Dublin
A small but mighty group of adult volunteers saved these 18 acres of wetlands from commercial development, and provide outstanding youth programs by appointment. These volunteers really enjoy catering to younger kids, and enthusiastically welcome Scouts to join work days to pull invasive species like honeysuckle and garlic mustard, to remove trash, help with small building projects and more. An Eagle Scout or older Scout willing to assist with the Facebook page would be especially welcome.
Contact Michelle Shinew firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stratford Ecological Center, Delaware
Scouts are always welcome to help with invasive species removal, creating educational materials, and the giving garden which yields produce for needy families and requires help with spring planting and fall harvest. Scouts could also adopt a season/adopt the garden /adopt the trail to maintain it, come in on and come in on a regular basis to work on their projects.) Eagle Scouts in the past have built bridges, structures, and a hay wagon. Older scouts can ask to help with hay in for the animals. Contact Jane Walsh at SECVolunteer@aol.com or April Hoy at aprilhoy@
Franklin Park Conservancy, east Columbus
Currently has no Scout volunteers, but would love to have some! Scouts would be great help in weeding the gardens, supporting the community garden to feed the hungry, and enhancing the butterfly garden area. Eagle Scout projects also welcome. Contact Tracy Barnes email@example.com or 614-715-8098
Keep Columbus Beautiful, City of Columbus
Scouts are always needed to weed, mulch, update planters, and do minor painting in city neighborhoods in partnership with the city’s Keep Columbus Beautiful program. In April there will be litter pickup days after the winter thaw, and Keep Columbus Beautiful provides safety vests, gloves and bags to do the job. Eagle Scouts can always propose their own project in coordination with Keep Columbus Beautiful, but support of anti-litter initiatives is encouraged. Contact Sherri Palmer, 614-645-3171 or firstname.lastname@example.org