Boy Scout Conservation Good Turn Award
Conservation has always been an integral part of the program of the Boy Scouts of America. 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.
The Conservation Good Turn is an opportunity for Boy Scout troops to join with conservation or environmental organizations (federal, state, local, or private) to carry out a conservation Good Turn in their home communities. 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 projects should involve the entire troop - scouts, leaders, and family members. Hands-on projects help Boy Scouts realize that everyone can do things to care for the environment. Scouts participating in the Conservation Good Turn can also meet some advancement requirements.
Agencies to contact for project ideas:
- U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
- U.S. Forest Service
- Bureau of Land Management
- National Park Service
- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
- U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
- local City Works department
- Audobon Society
- Trout Unlimited
Some suggested projects could be:
- Plant shrubs to provide food and cover for wildlife.
- Conduct stream improvement projects to prevent erosion.
- Plant tree seedlings as part of a managed forestry plan.
- Assist a local agency with a trout stream restoration project.
- Develop a nature trail in a public park.
The patch can be worn as a temporary insignia.
Pick up an application form from your local council office or
use this Application Form
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