Good Deeds

“Do a Good Turn Daily” is the Boy Scout Slogan.  Every Scoutmaster Conference I have with a Scout I ask them the same 4 questions first:  repeat the Scout Oath, the Scout Law, the Scout Motto and the Scout Slogan.  When they tell me the Slogan I then ask them what their Good Turn was that day.  The answers are many and range from “held open the door for someone”, “helped mom bring in the groceries”; or “stopped and helped someone pick up their books in the hall”.  It is usually a variation on the classic Boy Scout image of a young man in uniform helping a little old lady across the street.  Often the response is different; like the one I heard recently.  “Spend more time with my sister.”  I told the Scout that while it’s good to spend time with family why is it a ‘good deed’.  He replied that she is special needs and that if he can play with her for an hour then his Mom can get a break and relax.

It takes effort to do your good deed and help others.  It takes a greater kind of effort AND awareness to know when help is needed.  So continue to hold open those doors, carry those packages and help little ole’ ladies across the streets, but also take the time to really KNOW the people in your lives.  They are the ones that are most in need of your help and you are in the best position to provide it.

If everyone took the time to look closer to home, we call can make a difference in our home, our community and eventually the world.


Part of #ThinkKit2016 Explore a good deed – yours, or one from someone else. How is the world better for it?



Play Date

There was a time when, if you said Play Date, you would get a side long look (think Hugh, Playboy Mansion, 1970’s).  We didn’t need Play Dates to play, we just…well, played.  You got home, finished your homework, did your chores and then the world was yours.  Knock on doors, stand in the street and yell, head over to the gathering place…it didn’t take much to have a group of fellas (or dames) around you in no time.  You ate wherever there was food, you swam in pools, rode bikes to strange far away places (2 or 3 blocks away) and exhausted yourself until the street lights came on and you heard the call of Moms’ hollering out the door for their respective children to come home for dinner.

Life aint that simple any more.  Even adults need to make play dates just to have fun.  Think about the last time you just stopped by a friends house or headed out into the night to see who was hanging about.

I am blessed with some very close friends.  Last year I was able to have a ‘play date’ at least twice a month with most of them.  One of my favorites was a campout.  Not only am I a Scoutmaster for 127 Scouts but I also have many Adult assistants.  When the Scouts are running a good program, we can relax.  And relax we did many a weekend in 2015.  There is nothing better than pulling out your campchair, grabbing your knife and a stick and sitting around the fire until the skies are clear, the Scouts are quiet and the night is just starting…

Everyone needs to take time for themselves, get a regular group together for a meal, some drinks and lots of laughs.  It’s a time to unwind, to cut loose, to relax and above all have fun!

Part of #ThinkKit16 You know the story about all work and no play… How did you play with others this year? Let your hair down and share how you escaped for an hour, a day, or more.