Your Good Turn Daily
by HMJC
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“Do a Good Turn Daily” The Boy Scout Slogan. What an amazingly simple way to make a Small/Large difference in someone’s life everyday of your life!!! I assume some of you have surmised I may have a little Scouting in me; just Like the Soldier it still continues to guide me in my everyday life. Below is the Scout Oath and the Scout Law:

Boy Scout Oath or Promise
On my honor, I will do my best
To do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law;
To help other people at all times;
To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight.

Note that the Boy Scout Oath has traditionally been considered to have three promises. Those three promises are delineated by the semicolons in the Oath, which divide it into three clauses. The three promises of the Scout Oath are, therefore:
• Duty to God and country,
• Duty to other people, and
• Duty to self

DUTY TO GOD AND COUNTRY: Your family and religious leaders teach you to know and serve God By following these teachings, you do your duty to God.

Men and women of the past worked to make America great, and many gave their lives for their country. By being a good family member and a good citizen, by working for your country's good and obeying its laws, you do your duty to your country. Obeying the Scout Law means living by its 12 points.

DUTY TO OTHER PEOPLE: Many people need help. A cheery smile and a helping hand make life easier for others. By doing a Good Turn daily and helping when you're needed, you prove yourself a Scout and do your part to make this a better world.

DUTY TO SELF: Keeping yourself physically strong means taking care of your body. Eat the right foods and build your strength. Staying mentally awake means learn all you can, be curious, and ask questions. Being morally straight means to live your life with honesty, to be clean in your speech and actions, and to be a person of strong character.

Boy Scout Law
A Scout is:
• Trustworthy,
• Loyal,
• Helpful,
• Friendly,
• Courteous,
• Kind,
• Obedient,
• Cheerful,
• Thrifty,
• Brave,
• Clean,
• and Reverent.


Wow!!!Not bad huh??? All Joking aside; these are values we encourage in Scouting; these are values that will always be able to help you weather the storm.

Alright, let’s get this out of the way now… This is not a Blog about how Important I know Scouting is to our Nation (Still kind of got it out there…) This about us, this is how we were raised, this is how we should raise our children. This sentiment of Duty is part of a Scouts journey to the esteemed achievement of Eagle Scout. Through every rank a Scout earns he is always asked, “How do you live by the Scout Law and Scout Oath in your everyday life”?

The point is, that Duty you swear to uphold every time you say it was not just for the meeting or events; it is a guide you can use for the rest of your life…

I know pretty strong stuff… However, the things the Oath and Law ask us to do are not that hard to accomplish. Just like the NCO Creed; it asked nothing more than to do our part. Probably a question we should ask of ourselves more.

There are 11 mandatory Merit Badges Scouts have to earn before they can be eligible to earn their Eagle Scout.
For this site, I think these three definitely are pertinent: Citizenship in the Community, Citizenship in the Nation, and Citizenship in the World.

It asks us to be engaged; it asks us to be a part of the solution, it asks us to make a difference. So, with all of my “subliminal” reference to Scouting; my point is easy. I am not saying that all points apply but the sooner we do the right thing even when no is looking the better it is for all of us. I am saying however; do your Good Turn daily and at least once a week post on the blog what was one of Your Good Turns Daily” was

So here is one of Mine: I didn’t Choke Out my Son-In Law…

Doesn’t Count??? Alright… Made someone smile that was having a really bad day.

That’s the thing, it doesn’t have to even be that hard. Hold the door for somebody, let someone out in traffic, tell someone they look nice today. Most of us probably do something like this already, but the challenge is now to make a conscious effort to think about it. Challenge your friends and Family to do the same. And as always, make a difference one random act of kindness at a time.


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wayne44 commented on Thursday, Aug 03, 2017 at 13:16 PM

HMJC, Great and gives us all something to think about. While I was never in the Boy Scouts, I have always tried to abide by the NCO creed even after I retired. Treating others as you would like to be treated is the cornerstone of civility. Even when someone irritates you to the point of blowing your stack, stop, take a deep breath, and refrain from calling them the names you are thinking. Old fashioned manners are not out of style and as HMJC states in this blog, do a good turn daily even if no one is looking. The preson you do it for will appreciate the gesture. My good deed for the day was holding the door for a elderly lady who was walking with a cane. Got a nice thank you and smile.

HMJC commented on Thursday, Aug 03, 2017 at 16:09 PM

Outstanding Wayne!!! waiting for the rest of you...

Sheran commented on Thursday, Aug 03, 2017 at 16:21 PM

I tried to help a soldier that was on crutches before only to be turned down.I've helped many whenever the chance arises, should I keep trying to help military or are they too proud?

timeontarget commented on Friday, Aug 04, 2017 at 07:45 AM

I think courtesy and politeness are two of the best characteristics.

Mama told me: "When you do a good deed and tell about it the effect is negated".

So do good deeds daily and expect no acknowledgement about them.

HMJC commented on Friday, Aug 04, 2017 at 08:55 AM

Don't take it personally if your assistance is turned down; the point is you made a conscious effort to try and be courteous and helpful. The point that you did offer was still appreciated I am sure. Still waiting for the rest of you to post at least 1... good deed for the week.

OriginalJimmySmith commented on Friday, Aug 04, 2017 at 16:17 PM

Do a good deed daily.

HMJC commented on Friday, Aug 04, 2017 at 16:27 PM

Kinda already covered that Jimmy... Good to see ya!

gacpl commented on Saturday, Aug 05, 2017 at 21:08 PM

i grew up in scouts and i had my kids in it too. i learned many life lessons. while i never earned eagle, i got too tied up being a camp lifeguard and worked on camp staff at camp blue herron in riceboro. not getting eagle doesn't bother me due to one of the kids i helped train saved another kids a few years later. thats worth more in the end.

HMJC commented on Monday, Aug 14, 2017 at 15:31 PM

The one thing I finally learned as a Scout Master; only 3-5 scouts out of 100 achieve Eagle Scout, however; the boys taught me it is more about the journey and that your time in Scouts will always be remembered fondly regardless of your rank...


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