Thank You for Helping Us Grant a Wish!

Our National Superhero Day campaign was a huge success due to the generosity of the SKOUT community.

We surveyed more than 4,000 members of our community and learned more than 80% want to be superheroes in real life! And what does it take to be a superhero in real life? The majority of Skouters think it takes selflessness.

During our campaign, we asked Skouters to give a Superhero Gift to help SKOUT and Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area grant a wish to a child suffering from a life-threatening medical condition.

We owe our entire community a huge thank you for helping us meet our goal of granting a wish to a child in need of a real-life superhero. Thank you for exemplifying the true selflessness it takes to be a superhero.

Celebrate the Superhero in All of Us!

In celebration of National Superhero Day, we conducted a super-hero inspired survey with more than 4,000 Skouters asking them about their favorite superheros. We were overjoyed to learn three out of four members of the SKOUT community say helping others in need is what makes a superhero, and nearly 80% say they want to be a superhero in real life. Check out more super stats from our survey:

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America’s favorite superhero is…

  • Well, it depends on whom you ask... Women said Batman. Men said Superman.

Which supervillain wins the popularity contest?

  • Women prefer Catwoman and men prefer the Joker.

Batman and Robin are the best superhero BFFs.

  • More than half of people surveyed (53%) said Batman and Robin are their favorite superhero friends.
  • 19% said The Thing and Human Torch are their fave friend duo, 16% prefer Green Hornet and Kato, and 12% said the Wonder Twins make the best squad.

Immortality is the most wished for superpower.

  • When asked which superpower they wish they had, 1 out of 3 people surveyed said immortality.
  • 29% said the ability to fly, 22% said superhuman strength and 17% said superspeed.

The Batmobile is the best superhero ride.

  • 49% of people surveyed said they would pick the Batmobile if they could have any superhero vehicle.
  • 20% would choose Wonder Woman’s Invisible Plane, 20% would prefer the X-Men’s Blackbird and 12% would pick The Green Hornet’s Black Beauty.

A mask is a must-have superhero accessory.

  • 57% of people surveyed said a mask is the most important superhero accessory, 19% said a cape, 14% said a ring, and 10% said a cool belt.

Nearly 80% of people want to be a superhero in real life. Here’s what it takes…

  • 44% of people surveyed said selflessness, 37% said no fear, 11% said technology and 8% said money.

GIVE A GIFT TO GRANT A WISH

Being a superhero in real life isn’t as far-fetched as people may think it is. In honor of National Superhero Day, we are partnering with Make-A-Wish® Greater Bay Area to grant a wish to a child in need of a superhero.

Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. In 2016 Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area celebrates 32 years fulfilling magical wishes!

You can help Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area continue their incredible work granting wishes by giving your fellow Skouters a Superhero Gift! For every Superhero Gift given, SKOUT will make a donation to Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area until we have reached our goal of granting a wish. Superhero Gifts can be found in the Superhero Day category of the Gift Store.

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Sending a Superhero Gift will help bring joy to a child who needs it more than ever. Help us make a wish come true for a child who needs a real-life superhero. Learn how to give a gift to a Skouter.

Inspired to do more? In addition to giving a Superhero Gift, you can donate directly to the cause and volunteer with your local chapter of Make-A-Wish!


WHAT SUPERHERO WOULD YOU KICK IT WITH?


REPRESENT YOUR SUPER SQUAD!

Is your squad worth superhero swag? Let’s find out! Post a picture of you and your squad with the hashtag #besuper to the Buzz. The Grand Prize winner will receive a SKOUT National Superhero Day T-shirt! Runners-up will get 500 points added to their account!

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WHAT’S IN STORE FOR SKOUT’S SUPER SQUAD?

Jade Cycles to Cure Cancer

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Skouter Jade’s New Year’s Resolution was to start cycling more, so she picked up a few extra spin classes at her gym, Equinox, which is how she was introduced to Cycle for Survival.

Jade was intrigued to learn 50 percent of all people with cancer are battling a rare form of cancer, but clinical trials and research studies are often underfunded. When she discovered 100 percent of Cycle for Survival funds go directly toward rare-cancer research, she knew she had to contribute.

“It was the perfect opportunity to both do good and get fit at the same time,” she says.

There are several different ways to participate in Cycle for Survival. Jade chose to ride in the Cycle for Survival Challenge, which automatically tallied how many miles she biked in any cycling class for one month. For every 10 miles biked, Equinox would donate $1.

“It was incredibly motivating and inspiring to be cycling alongside other people for a good cause, knowing that the more I pushed myself, the more I’d be helping in the fight against cancer,” she recalls.

Jade biked 305 miles and contributed a total of $30.50.

“Thousands of cyclists all across the country raised a record-breaking total of $30 million this year,” explains Jade with excitement.

Clearly, this is a cause millions can get on board with, and there are several ways to participate, including donating directly to the cause.

We commend Jade for her efforts to fight cancer!

Do you lend a helping hand to a charity or nonprofit? We’d love to hear about your volunteering efforts! Send us an email to successstories@skout.com. If we choose your story to post on our blog, we will add 500 Points to your account!

Skouter Ryan Grants Wishes to Support His Community

Ryan has been involved with several nonprofits, including Make-A-Wish and has participated in events such as the AIDS Walk and Light the Night. He’s been walking the Light the Night walk for a long time now, and the cause became even closer to him when he lost a good friend to lymphoma a few years back. He hopes that by walking for Light the Night, he can contribute to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s goal of finding cures and ensuring access to treatment for all blood cancer patients.

As a wish granter and events volunteer for Make-A-Wish, he is able to see, firsthand, his contributions come to fruition.

“It brightens a sick child’s life by granting him or her a wish to travel somewhere, be someone for a day, meet someone or receive something special like a guitar. It makes me happy when I visit kids to decide on their wish and deliver the good news when it is approved,” says Ryan.

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And what does he hope to achieve from his efforts? Simply that warm, cuddly feeling. “I hope to achieve a sense of fulfillment in helping others and hope I will get help in return if I ever need it.”

Want to learn how you can contribute? Here are a few ways you can:

  • Donate to help grant wishes for children suffering from diseases.
  • Participate in an AIDS Walk near you or donate to their community.
  • Walk for Light the Night or donate to support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Foundation’s efforts to cure blood cancer.

Thank you for your efforts to help others, Ryan!

Whenever we hear stories of Skouters donating to their favorite charities and giving back to their communities, it makes us superproud to call them part of the SKOUT community -- so proud, in fact, that we share their story on our blog to inspire the rest of the SKOUT community to get involved with charities and nonprofits too!

If you’d like to share the story of your volunteer efforts with us, shoot us an email at successstories@skout.com. Should we choose your story to be on our blog, we will add 500 Points to your account!

Great Job #Skoutkind Winners!

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During Random Acts of Kindness Week, we held a contest asking you to post the best random act of kindness you’ve received or done for others. We were so overwhelmed with the amount of entries we chose not one, not two, but four winners! Congrats to the following Skouters who received 500 Points each!

“I spent the last amount of cash I had on me on a meal and gave it to a homeless man.” - SkoutID: marcus569

“I was standing in line at the store and the lady in front of me didn’t have enough to pay for her items, so I paid for her.” - SkoutID: sexylatessa

“A while ago I offered to pick up groceries for an elderly neighbor.” - SkoutID: llirne013

“Every three months I pack a plastic bin with clothes for the upcoming season, easy-open can goods, a case of water, blankets, backpacks, personal care products, gift cards and a letter of encouragement. I drop the bin off at different homeless encampments in my area. I often speak with the people and offer a group prayer. This is not something I do for recognition but it is something I do to offer a little light in their darkest hour. I encourage you to try it!” - SkoutID: sweetmickii

We’d also like to give a shout-out to our honorable mentions!

“I sent some gifts to old friends who weren’t expecting anything just to put a smile on each of their faces.”

“Today I saw a homeless man holding a sign up that said, ‘please help money/food needed,’ so I walked up to him and gave him the last five dollar bill I had then I went home and grabbed some old blankets while my grandma made some food for him and when I brought it back to him he said thank you. After that I felt pretty happy with myself.”

“I go to school downtown and I always see this homeless man. I've kinda adopted him as my Pop-Pop. Every time I see him I always give him something even if I'm dead broke. He's so sweet and a really nice person. I wish I could do more.”

Thank you to everyone who participated! We are truly inspired by the kind acts you do for others; keep it up!

Stay tuned for future hashtag competitions!

Give Back for Giving Tuesday

We’re always happy to give a shout out to Skouters who support their community. Whether you volunteer your time at a local charity, join a walk to support cancer research or help a community member in need, we’d love to hear about your contributions.

This Giving Tuesday, let us know how you give back. Email us at successstories@skout.com.

Skouter Ryan Walks for Light The Night

Last night Skouter, Ryan, and two of his friends walked along San Francisco’s Embarcadero for the Light The Night Walk.

Lighting up the night sky with glowing lanterns, Ryan was one of hundreds walking to support The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. He raised a total of $367, which will go toward funding research to find cures for blood cancer.

Thank you for helping support your community Ryan!

Interested in how you can participate? Light The Night Walk may be coming to a city near you. Check out the schedule! If you’re unable to join the walk, there are other ways to participate.

Do you have an inspiring story you’d like to share with us about how you have contributed to a good cause or helped your community? Shoot us an email at successstories@skout.com!

SKOUT Success: #Skout4Change

You may recall late last year when a group of Skouters in Manila worked together to fundraise for one of their own. The daughter of Jenny (Skout ID: jennyfromtheblock) had been diagnosed with leukemia. The event at a local bar raised money for Jenny’s daughter Ynah’s cancer treatment in a variety of ways: a donation box, a photobooth, an auction for goods and dates with Skouters, as well as Skout trivia. The event raised about $2,000 USD. Because Manila Skouters decided one night of raising money for a good cause was not enough, they created #Skout4Change. The goal for #Skout4Change is: Once a quarter, a group of Skouters plans and executes an activity, during which they help someone in the community or tackle a social issue going on in Manila. Ideas included holding food and blood drives for typhoon victims and volunteering in orphanages.

Sure enough, #Skout4Change continues to work within its Manila community. And Ynah continues to fight the cancer with which she was diagnosed two years ago, when she was just 8 years old.

This summer, #Skout4Change organized another benefit for Ynah. The event was organized within two weeks, with word of mouth spread on Skout Buzz.

“Blame it on the Filipino attitude of kawang-gawa,” one Skouter told us. Kawang-gawa is the nature of the Filipinos to help others without asking anything in return – to give what they can.

The goal of the latest benefit was not to raise money – though Skouters did give cash too. Instead, Skouters donated blood. They donated so much blood that they maxed out the facility, and already the community is organizing the next blood drive.

Thank you, #Skout4Change, for showing what the Skout community is capable of when it uses Buzz and chatting for great things!

Skouters in Manila gather for a blood drive.

Skouters in Manila gather for a blood drive.

To check out the Skout scene in Manila, use Skout Travel to chat with the locals and see what’s on Buzz.

Have you met people on Skout? Send your Skout Success Story to successstories@skout.com, and if we share your tale on the Skout Blog, we’ll award you 500 Points!

SKOUT Success: Skouters Inspiring Others

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People meet each on Skout to chat, get together in real life and sometimes, as in the case of Skouter Goons.Inc, to inspire each other. Goons.Inc posted on Buzz that he'd given a homeless man one of his extra blankets:

Challenging other Skouters to do the same got the pay-it-forward ball rolling:

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This is what we love about Skout: The good feelings and actions by other Skouters that bring out the best in all of us.

Have you been inspired by a Skouter lately? Please tell us at successstories@skout.com.

Don't forget to friend Goons.Inc -- you find him by his SkoutID: Goonies420.

SKOUT Success: GEB For a Cause

Geo woke up one morning recently and did what he always does first thing: He logged on to Skout to check the local Buzz in Manila. This particular morning, one post caught his eye: Jenny – whose Skout ID is jennyfromtheblock – was calling out for help, as her daughter Ynah had just been diagnosed with leukemia. “It definitely struck a chord in me, as two of my family members are also suffering from cancer,” Geo says, “and I have lost a number of others due to this disease.”

Fortunately for Ynah and her mother, the Philippines – where they live – has a very active Skout community.

“I have traveled – physically and through Skout Travel – a lot, and I have not seen an active Skout Buzz as much as Manila,” says Geo, whose Skout ID is geoislander. “We all know of each other from our Buzz and comments. The Skout Manila Buzz is alive and kicking 24 hours any day!”

People come together to raise funds for a fellow Skouter in need.

People come together to raise funds for a fellow Skouter in need.

The Manila Skout community – which calls itself the Grand Eyeball, a colloquial term for a group of virtual friends – rallied together quickly to create the event GEB For a Cause (#GEB4CAUSE), held earlier this month, to raise money for Ynah’s cancer treatment.

While the Grand Eyeball members mainly stay in touch on Skout and occasionally meet up in real life, GEB For a Cause was the first of its kind in Manila.

“There were almost 100 participants who came to GEB For a Cause,” Geo says. “It was definitely grand, in the most literal way!”

Geo publicized GEB For a Cause with banners he designed and posted in Buzz.

“As you know, if you Buzz and comment enough, you start to gain some infamy, notoriety, fame and whatnot within the Skout Buzz community in your locality,” says Geo, who messaged those well-known Skouters and asked them to repost the publicity banners on their own Buzz. Geo emphasized that GEB For a Cause would be an event at which people could donate money to Ynah’s treatment as well as meet new people.

“Within one day the idea caught fire, and anyone who is a Skouter and checks the Buzz had heard the idea and wanted to join and help baby Ynah,” Geo says.

Skouters offered to donate items for an auction, and some people even volunteered to auction themselves for a date during GEB For a Cause.

A lucky Skouter meets his date.

A lucky Skouter meets his date.

“The movement took a life of its own, organic, homegrown, grassroots – all from our simple interactions in the Skout Buzz!” says Geo.

Geo hosted GEB For a Cause at the Walking Street Music Lounge on Oct. 4. The event raised money for Ynah’s cancer treatment in a variety of ways: a donation box, a photobooth, an auction for goods and dates with Skouters, as well as Skout trivia, with questions such as, “What is the cheapest Gift in Skout?” and “Name the eight different kinds of relationship status in Skout.”

Could YOU pass the Skout trivia quiz?

Could YOU pass the Skout trivia quiz?

Skouters raised money in droves and kept Walking Street open until 4 a.m. The event itself raised about $2,000 USD. And donations are still being accepted through this site: http://www.gofundme.com/mjfcworldwide.

Skouters raised more than $2,000, and the donations keep coming!

Skouters raised more than $2,000, and the donations keep coming!

“GEB For a Cause was successful and exceeded our expectations,” says Geo. “We raised a large amount of money for Ynah's chemotherapy and created some positive and unified vibes within the Manila Skout community. Participants are asking for more!”

Because Manila Skouters decided one night of getting together in real life and raising money for a good cause was not enough, they created #SKOUT4CHANGE. Once a quarter, a group of Skouters will plan and execute an activity during which they help someone in the community or tackle a social issue going on in Manila. Ideas include holding food and blood drives for typhoon victims and volunteering in orphanages.

These are the stories we here at Skout love hearing: Skouters who meet up from time to time online as well as get to know each other in real life, and then they decide to help each other out when needed.

“I ran with the idea and just went for it,” Geo says.

All photos by Norvyn Villanueva, a Skouter who volunteered his services for GEB For a Cause.

Have you met someone on Skout who’s now a friend or soulmate? Do you regularly exchange book suggestions with a Skouter? Have you met a rock-climbing buddy through Skout? Share your Skout Success Story with us, and you could be featured on the blog! Tell your tale to successstories@skout.com.