Scouts aim to make the world a better place

By on May 11, 2012

ST. CHARLES—Saving a life, helping out after a flood or disaster, recycling community trash—these acts of kindness are what Scouting calls “good turns.” You may know that the Scouts’ slogan is “do a good turn daily.” But you may not know why. It has to do with how American Scouting came to be, and why today that phrase is at the heart of a program that gives every Scout a chance to volunteer to help the people around him or her.

It’s no surprise that the third Scout law is, “a Scout is helpful,” or that in the Scout Oath, one pledges to, “help other people at all times.” Scouting even has a Good Turn coin to apply the slogan daily.

It’s safe to say that Scouting encourages our youth to live out a set of principles. It’s also where today’s youth can find adventure.

The Boy Scouts of America, Three Fires Council, will host a day-long community showcase Scout-O-Rama—“Daily Good Turn.” It’s at Cantigny Park, 1S151 Winfield Road in Wheaton on Saturday, May 19, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with over a hundred hands-on family activities that bring the perfect mix of unforgettable fun and import life lessons. Join us to honor the men and women on Armed Forces Day and “do a good turn” by donating a food item to our event partner, Northern Illinois Food Bank.

“All acts of volunteerism make communities better today and teach our youth lifelong lessons,” said Matt Ackerman, president and Scout executive at Three Fires Council. “We want our communities and youth to have the opportunity to learn the power of giving back. To learn more about teamwork, leadership, service and character. We want our youth to grow up to be successful at what they do, to have a sense of place, of community, to have strong values and a chance to volunteer to make the world a better place.”

Scout-O-Rama is open to the public, and tickets are $5 per person or $20 per family (four tickets or one car load). Plus, they have a variety of one-time and year-long discounts that local consumers know and use frequently, such as Legoland, Colonial Cafe, Burger King and Dunkin Donuts. Tickets are available to purchase at Cantigny Park, the Norris and Deicke Scout shops, and at all Colonial Cafe locations. Onsite parking is available at Cantigny Park, and auxiliary parking with free shuttles will be at the DuPage County Government Center, which is a half-mile north of Route 38.

Be one of the first 1,500 to stop by the booth to receive a goodie bag sponsored by Chicago Parent, Dick’s Sporting Goods and Plano Molding.

To learn how Scouting can make a difference in your child’s life or for more event information, visit or call (630) 584-9250.