Earth Day is a good time to get the whole Pack thinking about doing a ‘good turn’ for the environment. It’s also a great opportunity to show how conservation is an essential component to the Cub Scouting experience. Recently, we published some new updates for Den and Pack awards, one of them being the Cub Scout World Conservation Award. This award is now tied to various adventures assigned to the Wolf, Bear and Webelos Scouts and can be a lot of fun in teaching your Cub Scout about the importance of learning about and taking care of the environment.
But while your Scouts are busy earning their adventures, we also wanted to include some ideas for conservation projects the whole Pack could get behind. We’re drawing from the “Conservation Good Turn” page on Scouting.org, but really these ideas for conservation service projects are great to do anytime. 1. Plant grasses, trees, shrubs, and ground cover to stop soil erosion.
2. As a den or pack, adopt a park. Remove litter and garbage from a favorite neighborhood recreation area or park.
3. From a local, state, or national organization that is concerned about environmental protection, obtain suggestions for den and pack projects to improve the environment. 4. 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.
5. 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.
6. Organize or participate in a recycling program in your neighborhood, or visit a recycling center. 7. 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.
8. 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. From Scouting.org: “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.” And it also says that “Cub Scouts and Webelos Scouts participating in the Conservation Good Turn can also meet some advancement requirements.” So hop to it Cub Scouts! It’s Earth Day and there are fun and rewarding conservation projects to dive into!