Share your stories of Scouts doing Good Turns when they think nobody’s watching


The original Good Turn.

Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Venturers go out of their way to help others. Often that takes shape as a pack, troop, or crew service project.

Those service projects — totaling nearly 13.5 million hours last year —  help define Scouting within our communities.

But recently I wondered about the less-public kinds of Good Turns that Scouts do when there’s nobody watching and no rank advancement or award to earn.

These random acts of Helpfulness or Courteousness might be small, like returning a $20 bill to a stranger who dropped it at the airport. Or they might be big, like helping an elderly neighbor repaint her fence.

Whatever the act, if you spot a young person helping someone else, it’s a pretty safe bet that person is or once was a Scout. “Just watch which kids yield to hold a door or let the other person go first in line,” says Scouter Zachary H. “I guarantee 90 percent are current Scouts or alumni.”

That’s just the kind of young men and women the organization helps create.

If you’ve got a true story of a Scout or Venturer doing a Good Turn when he or she thought nobody was watching, please share it in the comments below.

To get us started, here are some submitted by our Facebook friends:

Safe from the storm

“There was a light rain on the day of a recent community festival. Our Scouts were reminded to bring rain jackets or emergency ponchos when they lined up for the parade. Halfway through the route the sky opened up and a torrential downpour soaked the marchers as they ran for cover. One of the first-year Scouts in my troop didn’t hesitate to take his poncho off and give it to a girl who didn’t have any rain protection. That was a genuine act of kindness!”

— Katie M. 

Running toward danger

“An Eagle Scout went to college and near his campus is a public library that homeless people tend to frequent in the winter months to keep warm. One day while studying at that library the Eagle Scout witnessed a man have a medical emergency. When the man passed out he fell and hit his face on the back of a chair badly injuring his face. While other patrons backed away the Eagle Scout stepped up to help the injured man. Doing exactly as he had been taught in scouting, he sent one patron to call 911, sent another to grab paper towels from the restroom to apply to the bleeding gash across the mans face. The Eagle Scout stayed with the man providing comfort and care until the ambulance crew arrived.”

Chris D.

No trash left behind

“I see many boys in our pack around town at sporting events and other functions. On numerous occasions, I have witnessed them stop in their tracks and pick up a piece of garbage that they see on the ground and throw it in a garbage can. Leave No Trace.”

Michael N. 

Got your back

“My son just got on his bike yesterday to go over to a first year’s house to help him and his mom pack for camp. All after helping his own brother pack for his first time at camp. I am so proud of him!”

Alicia J. 

An Early Start

“Our den just started the Webelos program. We have noticed little good deeds like holding the door for someone with their arms loaded. Helping little kids with activities when the after school monitor is busy. Its great to see the Scouting Method growing in them.”

Jeffrey W.

Your Story here

Share your story of a Scout doing a Good Turn when it wasn’t expected by leaving a comment below.

8 thoughts on “Share your stories of Scouts doing Good Turns when they think nobody’s watching

  1. A young Scout in our Troop was helping with distribution of gently used clothing at our local PADS shelter around Christmas. He came from a family of limited means, evident by the shortage of funds for camp outs and other Troop activities. Having witnessed the needs at the shelter, he lagged behind the rest of the Troop at departure time and handed the shelter manager a $20 bill he had received for his recent birthday. In response to the protest by the shelter manager, the Scout replied “your shelter needs this more than I do”.

  2. A few months ago at an auction in Comanche, Texas a woman who had just purchased a small wagon decided to hitch it up to her new pony. The pony had never pulled a wagon before and the woman was not very experienced. She allowed a small child to jump up into the wagon and play with the reins. The pony startled and bolted with only the small boy on board.
    Scout A. Sirois was leaving the parking lot with his grandparents and realized what was about to happen. His quick thinking and quick action as he jumped out of the truck and ran to head off the pony and runaway wagon saved the boy from serious injury. Sirois was able to jump across the seat of the wagon and grab the boy before the whole rig turned over.
    He talked to the young boy for a while about being safe around horses you don’t know. Sirois also managed to insure that the incident didn’t lead to the boy having a fear of horses. He explained that he pony was afraid and was just trying to get away from the scary new wagon.
    Onlookers were thankful but Sirois just nodded and said anyone else would have done the same.

    • Awesome story. You know, once it was an advancement requirement to describe how to handle a runaway horse!

  3. At a large scouting event, there was this lashed merry go round type contraption where some boys would sit on it and the other boys would push it, to wind it up and then run and duck out of the way. Yeah, I am sure you see where this is going. One boy didn’t get out in time and the huge log hit him in the head and knocked him to the ground, head bloodied and he was screaming. All the other scouts and adults looked on in shock and before I knew it, my son started running to the medical tent (running in the heat) and brought back help for the injured boy. It was amazing that no other person ran for help, including the adults. I was very proud of him!

    • The adults were standing around because the scouts are the ones who are supposed to react.

      If we adults keep doing the boys will never learn to do for themselves.

      I would have been more impressed if the had approached the lad and began rendering first aid.

  4. My 7 year old has been holding doors since he was old enough to walk. he also asks if we can help my older neighbor to haul her trashcans and shovel the walk. He loves to do good deeds. He’s figured out Leave No Trace after one year in the program and we pick up trash everywhere we go.

  5. This one may not be on par with some of the others here, but I was the BB Gun Rangemaster for the District Day Camp last week. On Monday as I was setting up my range early, I noticed that no one was at the Slingshot Range about 50 yards from my range. As we were getting closer to 8:30 AM for the 9 AM start time, I was getting a little worried. About that time, a Boy Scout staffter showed up. He looked a little small, but didn’t know if he was just small for his age. Age 14 can staff while those younger can only serve as “Assistant Staffers.” I notice that this Scout got out the slingshots & placed them on line; put the dogfood “ammo” in bowls & also put them on line, and he went down the line to make sure all the targets were tied sturdily to the rope. About 15 8:45, an adult showed up to serve as the Slingshot Rangemaster. The next day I learned that the Scout was only 11 years old & had just crossed over into Boy Scouts 4 months ago. I didn’t know his name, but made sure the Camp Director & the Program Director were both aware of what this young Scout did without any guidance on that first day. My son crossed over at the same time, but do not know if he would have taken the initiative to get the range ready w/o any guidance.

  6. My son is going into the 4th grade this fall. He has been the victim of the same bully since kindergarten. This boy was in his classroom this past year. The teacher was made aware of the situation and he did his best, short of removing my son from the classroom, to keep them separated. While the physical bullying has died down, the verbal bullying behind his back has not. This boy was still coming to my son in the classroom and asking to borrow numerous items. Even knowing what was happening he would allow this boy to borrow his items “to be kind”. I asked him why and he said “It is the right thing to do mom, It’s the scout way.”

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