Today may be Earth Day for the rest of the world, but the Boy Scouts of America has been tending to the planet since the organization’s inception. Guided by “Leave No Trace” principles, Scouts show respect for wildlife and wilderness everyday.
The BSA’s commitment to encouraging Scouts to protect the environment is present in all of our programs. We even recognize Scouting units, Scouts, Venturers, adult Scouting volunteers, and other individuals, corporations, and institutions that have contributed significantly to natural resource conservation and environmental protection with the Hornaday Awards.
But this awards program is just one of many ways we champion those who take a dynamic, results-oriented and active leadership role in conservation. The BSA considers being a good steward of the environment a core value of Scouting.
Conservation and Sustainability are Key to Being a Good Scout
The members of the Scouting community will be the leaders of the next generation, so it’s essential to teach them how to live more sustainably. We’re challenging today’s youth to take these initiatives to the next level—from stewardship to sustainability, and from “leave no trace” to leaving the world a better place. Through these practices, we’re providing new opportunities for candid discussion, education, and collaboration and are offering activities such as the BSA Sustainability Summit and the annual BSA Sustainability Report.
So in the spirit of Earth Day, if you’re looking for an actionable set of environmentally-focused activities you can use to engage your Scouts, check out these 8 conservation projects on the Cub Scouts’ site (don’t let the name fool you – these projects are great activities for Scouts of all ages).
Now share with us: Is your unit doing any special projects for Earth Day? What do your Scouts do to protect the planet year round?