"Celebrating over 70 years of Scouting in DelMarVa"
January 10, 2011
In 2011, we will be tracking volunteer activities by patrol and the patrol with the highest number of reported volunteer activities will have boasting rights as the MOST HELPFUL PATROL for the coming year! Scouts who complete at least 20 hours in a year will earn the GOOD TURN FOR AMERICA patch (or a rocker in subsequent years). You need to report at least 20 hours each subsequent year to earn the rocker. If the troop (both Scouts and registered adult leaders) can record at least 1000 hours from January 1, 2011 to December 1, 2011, the troop will provide a special treat at the annual Holiday Party in December 2011. Use this form to report ALL your volunteer activities.
Every Boy Scout knows that service to others is an important way of demonstrating Scout Spirit. You learned this as a young Cub Scout when you were taught to "do a good turn daily." Of course, the purpose of community service is not merely to meet a requirement for rank advancement, but to aspire to live by the words of Lord Baden Powell "to try to leave this world a little better than you found it," and "the most worthwhile thing is to try to put happiness into the lives of others."
We know that the Scouts and adult leaders of Troop 99 are involved in many volunteer experiences both through the troop and the community. Many of you volunteer your time, talent, and treasure through your faith community, school, neighborhood, and organizations. You may work on your own or with your family, friends, and neighbors. Maybe you help out at the local humane society or serve meals at a homeless shelter. Perhaps you help as a server during church services or participate in food drives through your school. Some of you may work with younger children or do chores for an elderly neighbor. Keeping a local park clean or visiting with residents of a long-term care facility show your concern for your community. Scouts really do make a difference in the world!
Whatever you are doing, we want to know about it. The Troop 99 Committee wants to track your efforts and hard work. We have a form to help you report your volunteer efforts to the troop. The GOOD TURN FOR AMERICA form is available at each troop meeting from Cindy Tucker, but is also available as a pdf file that can be found here. Complete a form for each activity you are involved in that is NOT sponsored by Troop 99. A separate form is required for each activity (this is a requirement from the national program). Forms should be completed and returned to Cindy T or Ed G. Troop 99-sponsored volunteer activities will be recorded by the Adult Leader in charge of the activity (for example, lawn mowing and leaf raking at PCOC, Coastal Clean-Up, etc.), so you need only complete forms for those activities you perform that are not troop-sponsored. We need a completed form for Life Projects. A different form is required for Eagle Projects. If you need help completing the form, contact Cindy T by email or ask her to help you at a meeting.
So, share your good works with us so we can recognize and celebrate you and your patrol.
Any questions, contact Cindy T by email, or see her at a meeting.