By Darryl Alder
Nov 16, 2014

Do a Good Turn to Show Thanks

As Scouts, one thing for sure we can be thankful for is the examples of adults, such as our Scout leaders, church leaders and our Savior.  This Thanksgiving, why not say thanks to the leaders in your life by doing a good turn.

scouting-for-food-350Remember too, the last half of the word thanksgiving is giving. You might not have much to give, but following our slogan by doing your Good Turn every day is a terrific ways to say thanks. Help shovel a neighbor’s sidewalk. Visit an elderly person. Just do something simple like holding a door open for somebody. Whatever your Good Turn, don’t accept anything in return, except perhaps a “Thank you”. This will show your leaders  that they time they gave you is making you a better man.

This Thanksgiving, really commit yourself to taking the time every day to “Do a Good Turn Daily” and offer God a prayer of thanksgiving for all you have.

Author: Darryl Alder | Strategic Initiatives Director, Utah National Parks Council, BSA.
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One thought on “Do a Good Turn to Show Thanks

  1. AvatarMaloree Anderson

    I’m a firm believer in giving back. I try everyday to do something that “gives back”. My parents were and are great examples of this. One year for Thanksgiving we decided to help a family in need. They lived across the street and had 5 children. One of which was extremely autistic and one of my good friends. They were a family that didn’t have much but still made it through. As a family, we decided to give them a Thanksgiving in a basket. We all went to the store and loaded the cart with Thanksgiving goods: turkey, ham, potatoes, carrots, green beans, pies, drinks, stuffing, and much more. We bought a laundry basket to hold the food and took the gift to the house. We sat the goods on their door step and walked away. As a young girl, witnessing my parents give so much and ask none in return, it has impacted me and my life. Because of that one moment, I want to give to everyone as much as I can. I encourage everyone to try and give. Just like Darryl said, “…hold the door open for someone.” Just that small act of kindness can change someone’s day for the better.


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