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Additional Youth Awards - Conservation Good Turn

The Conservation Good Turn is an opportunity for Cub Scout packs to join with conservation or environmental organization (federal, state, local, or private) to carry out a conservation Good Turn in their home communities. The Scouting unit contacts a conservation agency and offers to carry out a Good Turn project. The agency identifies a worthwhile and needed project that the unit can accomplish. Working together in the local community, the unit and the agency plan the details and establish the date, time, and location for carrying out the project.

 

Conservation Good Turn Award


  

Since 1910, conservation has been an integral part of the program of the Boy Scouts of America. The BSA has been a positive force in conservation and environmental efforts. Scouts have rendered distinguished public service by helping to conserve wildlife, energy, forests, soil, and water. Past generations of Scouts have been widely recognized for undertaking conservation Good Turn action projects in their local communities.

Cub Scouting conservation, projects should involve the entire Cub Scout pack, each den, adult 'leaders, and family members. Hands-on projects help Cub Scouts and Webelos Scouts realize that everyone can do things to care for the environment. Cub Scouts and Webelos Scouts participating in the Conservation Good Turn can also meet some advancement requirements. Suggested projects include, but are not limited to:

  • Plant grasses, trees, shrubs, and ground cover to stop soil erosion.

  • As a den or pack, adopt a park. Remove litter and garbage from a favorite neighborhood recreation area or park.

  • Organize or participate in a recycling program in your neighborhood, or visit a recycling center.

  • Arrange a natural resources awareness program. Invite natural resource professionals such as wildlife biologists, soil conservationists, foresters, or conservation officers to speak to your pack.

  • Participate in a beach or waterfront cleanup. Record the items collected and determine the possible harmful effects to wildlife. With youth participation, develop a plan to educate the public about the dangers posed to wildlife.

  • From a local, state, or national organization that is concerned about environmental protection, obtain suggestions for den and pack projects to improve the environment.

  • As a den or pack, visit a public utility to learn about the wise use of resources, and become involved in programs offered by utilities to help consumers conserve resources.

  • Contact the camp ranger or BSA local council property superintendent for information about camp needs and plans. Establish a nature trail, plant vegetation, or carry out other needed projects as requested by the camp ranger.

Download the Cub Scout Leave No Trace Pledge here.