What would you do if you found $4,000? For this Life Scout, the answer was obvious

Life Scout Logan S. was leaving his Krav Maga class when he noticed two green piles on the ground.

The money — totaling $4,000 in hundred-dollar bills — was just sitting there in the open where anybody could’ve picked it up.

Fortunately, the “anybody” turned out to be a Scout.

The 13-year-old Scout from Troop 226 of Roswell, Ga., went to his mom to express his concern.

“I was worried someone was going to not have enough money to buy the things they needed for that month,” he said.

And so Logan and his mom got to work, wanting to track down the owner of those displaced dollars.

After all, helping others is exactly what Scouts do.

The search begins

Logan and his mom went back into the Krav school where Logan’s dad is owner and chief instructor of the Israeli martial art. Nobody was missing anything. They checked the Home Depot nearby, too. Nobody there had reported missing money either.

Later that day, Logan’s dad called. One of the Krav students had come back to the school and was frantically looking around for something.

“The student said he lost some money,” Logan said. “He was very upset. My dad asked him how much money, and he said about $4,000. My dad knew this was the who the money belonged to and told him that I had found the money.”

Returned to owner

The owner of the money must have been dumbfounded. He surely thought the cash had been lost forever.

“He said he had been driving his mom around all day,” Logan said. “She had been in a car accident, and he hadn’t had a chance to go to the bank.”

Logan’s dad returned the money to its owner who “was very thankful and said that he couldn’t believe that I turned it in.”

‘A Scout that I can always rely on’

Logan’s Scoutmaster — not his mom, dad or Logan himself — contacted me with the story.

Preston Shirmeyer wasn’t surprised to hear about Logan’s Good Turn. Logan has been an impressive young man throughout his time in Troop 226, Shirmeyer said.

“I have witnessed him helping new Scouts in our troop, many on their first outing, not knowing what to do,” Shirmeyer said. “Logan is a Scout that I can always rely on to listen to advice and carry out needed tasks. He has always handled himself above his rank.”

As the assistant senior patrol leader, Logan has taught his fellow Scouts camping skills using the EDGE method: explain, demonstrate, guide, enable. He has taught them how to tie knots, set up a tent, cook meals and clean up the dishes.

“Despite being young for his rank, I hold him to the standards of it,” Shirmeyer said. “And he delivers.”

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