Good Turn for America and Journey to Excellence

Good Turn for America is a long term effort by the Boy Scouts of America to encourage and record good turn projects done in our communities. We want to know what your unit (pack/troop/crew) is doing for Good Turn For America and encourage you to report the details of your service projects. You must report your service projects online to count towards your Journey to Excellence Award.

Every unit is assigned a unique Good Turn for America ID number with which to record information about service projects on the special web site set up for this purpose. Information you will be asked to provide will include:

  • The organization or group benefitting from the project
  • Partnering organizations
  • Date of the project
  • Number of Scouts participating
  • Number of non-Scouts helping
  • Number of adults participating
  • Total hours worked

Service projects may be entered throughout the year as they are done, no matter how big or small. After you enter the data for each project, your unit will be eligible to receive the Good Turn for America patch and year segment which can be obtained from the Scout Shop.

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Getting youth involved in direct community service is important. Good Turn for America is designed to help our communities with more Scouting service, to redouble our effort to instill the value of service in our youth, and to increase awareness of the Scouting program within our neighborhoods as we focus on three areas of common concern: relief from hunger, lack of housing, and a decline in fitness and health in America.Good Turn for America builds on current council and unit service projects, as well as encouraging units to develop new projects projects to benefit their communities. Unit-level projects are usually performed for local agencies or in service of your chartering organization. The Boy Scouts of America challenges every unit to commit to furthering their efforts in providing service to their community, and education in the value of service to their youth. All Scouts will qualify for the Good Turn for America patch and yearly segments available at the Scout Shop.

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