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MAKE IT OFFICIAL


If your pack, troop, ship, team or crew completes a service project, be sure to register the activity in the BSA’s JOURNEY TO EXCELLENCE dash- board. (Council, district, unit or individual Lone Scout projects can be recorded here.) Plus, you can view other registered activities to find addi- tional project ideas. Find the online registration at bit.ly/jteserviceproject.


A SWEET DONATION Looking for a way to honor Veterans Day, Den 6 of Pack 3291 in Prairie Village, Kan., collected Halloween candy to donate to U.S. troops stationed overseas, with the help of Operation Gratitude (operationgratitude.com). The boys placed boxes in their elementary school’s lobby and started collecting candy the week aſter Halloween. “Parents were very eager to get candy out of their house so soon aſter Halloween,” says Den Leader Tara Brant.


WHY DOING GOOD TASTES SO SWEET: At first, the Cub Scouts were a little reluctant to give up their goods — aſter all, many had worked hard trick-or-treating to earn their loot. “But they were very generous aſter they learned how it could help save lives,” Brant says. The candy donations go to soldiers deployed in combat areas where servicemen and servicewomen sometimes use the treats to make friends with locals.


MAKING A HOUSE A HOME


In Tucson, Ariz., like a number of cities in the U.S., many veterans live home- less in urban streets and public parks. The Veterans Administration in Tucson and the Department of Housing and Urban Development help place homeless veterans in designated apartments. But, while a roof is a dramatic improvement to their lives, the veterans lack furniture for their new homes. That’s where Troop 270 comes in. The troop, led by former senior patrol leader Lance Picton, joined forces with the city and collected an abun- dance of furniture to help make the veterans’ new spaces truly feel like home.


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FEELING THANKFUL: “To go from being homeless to sud- denly finding a dozen Scouts setting up a new home in record time was shocking and surprising to some of the veterans,” Lance Picton says. The senior patrol leader’s mom (and Troop 270 volun- teer), Jackie Picton, describes a moment of appreciation when one veteran began to cry and stated that he “didn’t know they made boys like this anymore.” The man said his most prized possession was his U.S. Marine Corps flag, which he offered to the troop as a giſt. The boys weren’t allowed to accept this, so they hung the flag on the man’s bedroom wall next to his new bed.


A NEWFOUND PASSION: The boys in Troop 270 now have a


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“A service project is a special Good


Turn that puts Scout spirit into action”


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reinvigorated interest in helping others, and they’re already col- lecting furniture for another donation to veterans. To other Scouting leaders looking to ignite such a passion, Jackie Picton advises, “What fires


up your Scouts? Once you can define their interests, help encourage the boys to take the lead. If they make a project their own, they’ll learn how to take the initiative to implement the project from start to finish.”


CLOCKWISE FROM BOTTOM LEFT: COURTESY OF TROOP 270; COURTESY OF MAURA COLEMAN MURRAY; COURTESY OF CARYN SUMMERS; COURTESY OF JIM CLEMENTS; COURTESY OF DON FRISWOLD


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