Orange County Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts are joining forces with the Orange County Department of Education in the month of November (and hopefully beyond) to make progress toward “one billion acts of kindness”. I enthusiastically invite you to join our “A Scout is Kind” campaign. What better way could there be to teach our kids about the 6th point of the Scout Law? The “billion acts” program, created by the Orange County Schools’ Superintendent Al Mijares, encourages each child and parent in Orange County to commit one act of kindness each day in November. Anything we do for 30 days, one hopes, may just become a lifelong habit.
1. Use the theme for your November Pack, Troop, Team or Crew meetings.
How can your Scout Troop or Cub Pack take part in this historic event? Here are three ideas:
This month, a Boy Scout troop might write letters to soldiers serving overseas, thanking them for their service to their country and reminding them that they are fondly appreciated back home. Our own Cub Scout Pack meeting will feature a round robin of dens visiting different stations, each one teaching kindness in a different way.
One station involves making a “kindness chain,” which are interlinked circles of colored construction paper, each with a message of what a boy did as an act of kindness. These “kindness chains” will be donated to the church that sponsors our unit to hang on their Christmas tree.
At another station, a Cub den will create a large posterboard “iPhone” representing their den, with each Cub represented by a different “app” on the screen– an icon the boy draws representing himself committing an act of kindness. Each “app” is about six inches square with rounded corners and made of white paper, while the iPhone is a larger black poster board decorated to look like the popular IOS device. Parents love making these “apps” too.