Doing A Good Turn

On this WebelosWednesday we take a look at the Arrow of Light Adventure, Scouting Adventure.  We are charged to live by the Scout Slogan and "Do A Good Turn Daily".  As challenging as this may sound, in reality it is an extremely easy and meaningful activity.  Your "good turn" could be something as simple as pouring a bowl of cereal for your brother or sister, folding the towels when the laundry is done without being asked, or simply giving a loved one a hug to start their day off right.  Sometimes its the small and simple things that really help out others when they are in need of assistance.  Just think of the impact that one scout doing his good turn had on William D. Boyce. 

William Boyce was lost on a foggy street in London in 1909 when an unknown Scout came to his aid, guiding him to his destination. The boy then refused Boyce's tip, explaining that he was a Boy Scout and was merely doing his daily good turn. Soon thereafter, Boyce met with General Baden-Powell, who was Chief Scout at the time. Boyce returned to America, and, four months later, founded the Boy Scouts of America on February 8, 1910.

Producer, Consumer, and Decomposer

Webelos - Arrow of Light Elective Adventure: Into The Wild

Req. 7a.

Give Example of A producer, a consumer, and a decomposer in the food chain of an ecosystem.

Producers

Plants are called producers. Using photosynthesis, they produce their own food using light energy from the sun, water from the soil, and carbon dioxide from the soil.

Consumers

Animals are called consumers. They are unable to make their own food so the need to consume producers or other consumers to get energy. There are three groups of consumers.

  • Herbivores - Animals that only eat plants (producers). An example would be a deer.
  • Carnivores - Animals that only eat other animals (consumers). An example would be a wolf.
  • Omnivores - Animals that eat both animals and plants. An example would be us as humans.

Decomposers

Decomposers are anything that eats decaying / dead consumers and producers.  They break down and decompose the plant or animal releasing nutrients and mineral salts back into the soil for producers to later use during photosynthesis.