A local Scout troop is hoping to get the word out that it’s here to help.
The Sun Valley contingent of the Winnipeg East No. 9 Scouts will be participating in the national Good Turn Week campaign, where participants of all ages will plan to do good deeds to benefit the community. The week will take place from April 26 to May 4.
Though it’s part of the Scouts’ code to do a good turn every day, the national campaign started five years ago to help the organization boost its profile in local neighbourhoods.
The Winnipeg East No. 9 Scouts operate nine sections for 300 youth across the east side of the city, including in North Kildonan, East Kildonan, and St. Vital.
Service area commissioner Dawn Cumming, who has been involved in the organization for 15 years, hopes the week helps create a domino effect.
"Doing good turns is part of our mantra," Cumming said. "We’re just trying to really bring the public in.
"We’re trying to get people in the community to realize that doing a good turn just pays it forward to everybody else and creates a movement where we’re making our communities and our world a better place."
Cumming hopes the helpers come out of the week with a good attitude about being of service to others, adding she hopes members of the public not only welcome the Scouts, but ask them for help if needed as well.
"I hope they gain the spirit and the understanding that helping other people helps them grow," Cumming said. "It doesn’t take a lot, but doing something for someone else can really change the direction of their day — or their lives."
Area youth commissioner Tyler Mailey added it’s encouraging to see five-year-old Beavers working alongside 16- and 17-year-old Venturer Scouts to improve the community.
"Young kids really benefit," said Mailey, who has been involved with Scouts Canada for 18 years.
Cumming explained the club members will be doing everything from participating in neighbourhood cleanups to carrying groceries at local supermarkets to running a food drive. Cumming said the members are able to decide what they’d like to do to contribute.
"Having the youth involvement is key to our program," she said. "The more that they can lend their opinions and they’re doing what they want to do, the more fun they’re having and the more fun we have."
Eleven-year-old Shaun Bisset plans to go with his group to a local Sobeys and carry groceries to customers’ cars, and he feels happy when he gets the chance to give back.
Ten-year-old Jason Moran meanwhile, enjoyed the opportunity to visit Donwood Manor Personal Care Home in past years.
"We play games with them, we interview them about their childhood," he said. "A lot of them have experienced a lot of the history we’re learning about in school."
Jason’s older brother Andrew, 13, enjoys the opportunity to give back.
"You feel pretty good, because it’s just helping out and making other people feel good," he said.
For more information on Good Turn Week, visit http://www.scouts.ca/goodturn/