Scoutmaster Minute – Change the World – Community

This month we’re focusing on how we can change the world for the better.  For the first two weeks we talked about family and friends.  This week we’ll think about our community.

What have you done in the last month to make the world better for people you don’t even know?  I know some of you recently attended an Eagle Scout project or the Citizenship in the Community project.  But, what about when we’re not just trying to earn advancement?

The first things that come to mind are probably more big projects that take so long that we’ll probably never get around to it.  What if, instead, we each took just a few minutes a day to do something for someone we don’t know.

Local churches actually provide a great way to do this.  They run a food pantry, where people that cannot afford to buy food come and get it for free.  The catch is that they need us and others to bring in that food to give away.  So, what if you took five minutes one day to talk with one neighbor about the food pantry and ask if they have any food to donate?  The next day, talk with a different neighbor.  For each of us, this doesn’t sound like much.  However, if we all did this for a week, we would probably bring in enough cans of food to make quite a few foodless people happy.

So, there’s your challenge for the week.  If nothing else, spend 5 minutes a day asking your neighbors for donations to the food pantry.  If you have an even better idea of how you can make your community better, then please let us know what you’re doing!

Scoutmaster Minute – Change the World – Friends

This month we’re focusing on how we can change the world for the better.  Last week we started our families.  This week we’ll move on to our friends.

What have you done in the last month to make the world better for your friends?  Maybe you helped them with homework or cheered them up when they were down.  And, that’s all good stuff.

However, for this next week, I want you to go a little deeper than that.  Look around at school or the sports fields.  What could you do to make the world better where you and your friends hang out?  Maybe it’s just picking up some trash or raising awareness that something needs to be fixed or changed.

Also, take some time to really get to know what’s happening in your friends’ lives.  Are they struggling with their parents’ divorce, or maybe some kid bullying them?  Just being there to listen can mean a lot, and maybe there’s even something you can do to help.

So, your challenge this week is how can we make the world better for our friends?

Scoutmaster Minute – Change the World – Family

This month we’re going to focus on something that has been on my mind for a while, and that is how can we change the world for the better?  They say charity begins at home, so we’re going to start with our families.

What have you done in the last month to change your family for the better?  That’s kind of an interesting question, isn’t it?  Something you might not have even thought about before.  There you are, getting a free room and food, interacting every day with your parents and siblings.  Yet, have you ever looked around and thought, “Hmm, what could I do to help out and make things better around here?”

Well, if you haven’t then here’s your challenge for the next week.  Find a few things you can do to make life better for your family.  Maybe it’s doing something a little extra, like helping make dinner or cleaning up.  For some of you, maybe it’s doing less of something, like arguing with your parents or siblings, or leaving a mess.  Only you really know what will make a difference.  If you know what it is, then let me or one of the other adult leaders know before you leave tonight.  If you figure it out between now and next week, then let us know when you come back next week.  Any way we do it, let’s all take our first steps in figuring out how we can change the world for the better by having a better attitude with our families.