Maple Ridge, British Columbia
1st Haney Beaver Scouts
By Tahir Mawji and Inara Mawji, Youth Spokespeople
Seven years ago, Good Turn Week was created to promote goodwill gestures both within Scouts Canada and externally in the community. Since its establishment, Scouts Canada has funded many Good Turn Week projects but the philosophy behind this week does not just include grand scale projects, it also consists of small acts of kindness such as opening a door for someone or buying someone a meal. These acts of kindness go a long way and do not go unnoticed. Every year, Scouts have participated in this week, working together to help strengthen their society and keep it healthy. Good Turn Week takes place from April 22 to May 1, 2016, and all Scouting youth as well as youth in the community are encouraged to participate.
The 1st Haney Beaver Scouts, alongside Scouter David Meunier, will be participating in Good Turn Week and partaking in a project that will take place on April 23 to April 24. The white tail Beavers of the Group will be revitalizing the garden outside of the Ridge Meadows Hospital’s Rehabilitation Unit. This includes the beavers cleaning up and staining existing boxes, building some new flower boxes, as well as planting flowers and shrubs in this area. By doing so, the white tail Beavers will be using this activity as their Northern Lights Quest project to earn their North Star Award. Scouter David has said the beavers are excited as well as extremely enthusiastic about this idea. Just as the environment is being helped, patients will significantly benefit and heal faster as the gardens will help calm and speed up recovery. As the founder of Scouts, Lord Baden-Powell has said “The most worth-while thing is to try to put happiness into the lives of others” The 1st Haney Beaver Scouts are fulfilling this vision completely.
This is one of the many projects that will be taking place during Good Turn Week this year. Any goodwill gestures that are done can be promoted via Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram using the hashtag #GoodTurnWeek and tag @ScoutsCanada. Also, if you missed out this year, make sure to begin planning a project for next year.
What will your Good Turn be?