The Conservation Good Turn Program

Conservation Good Turn


Working Together To Enhance The Environment


* Program Description
Support your local conservationists!
* Participating Agencies
Federal agency program resources.
* The Program Recognitions
For program participants
* The Patch
Worn as temporary insignia.
* For Cub And Webelos Scouts
Some Project ideas.
* For Boy Scouts And Venture Scouts
Project ideas for Boy and Venture Scouts.
* For Explorers
Project ideas for Explorers.
* The Application Form
Print it, fill it out, turn it in.
* Other Conservation Awards
Other awards and programs for Scouts.
* Search For Scout Conservation Info
Find what you're looking for here!.

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Conservation Good Turn

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.

Scouts of today have grown up with words such as ecosystem and biodiversity. They recognize the need for, and the benefits of, conserving natural resources. Scouts understand that we all must work together for the betterment of the land, forests, wildlife, air, and water.

Much has been accomplished in recent years by individual Scouts and through unit conservation Good Turns. Much more needs to be done.

Beginning in 1995, the Boy Scouts of America will do much more.


Support Your Local Conservationists

The Conservation Good Turn is an opportunity for Cub Scout packs, Boy Scout troops, Varsity Scout teams, and Explorer posts to join with conservation or environmental organizations (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.

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Participating Agencies

Many federal agencies are resources for the BSA's Conservation Good Turn. These agencies include:

  • U.S. Department of Agriculture
      - Soil Conservation Service
      - Forest Service
      - Extension Service

  • U.S. Department of the Interior
      - United States Fish and Wildlife Service
      - Bureau of Land Management
      - National Park Service
      - Geological Survey
      - Bureau of Indian Affairs
      - Bureau of Reclamation

  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
      - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

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A Conservation Good Turn certificate is available at the council service center for units that participate and report on their efforts. The application is here. A Conservation-Good Turn patch is also available for purchase at the council service center to recognize individual youth and adult members who participate in a meaningful conservation project.

The World Conservation Award provides another opportunity for individual Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Varsity Scouts, and Explorers to "think globally" and "act locally" to preserve and improve our environment. This program is designed to make Scouts and Explorers aware that all nations are closely related through natural resources and that we are interdependent with our world environment. Applications for this award are available at the council service center.

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Project Ideas

Conservation and environmental agencies typically have a; backlog of needed projects that they have been unable to carry out, for lack of funding or volunteers. The list of possible Good turn projects is limited only by the needs of the agency and the willingness of the Scouting unit. In every community, whether urban, suburban, or rural, worthwhile-projects await all Scouting units.


Cub Scouts and Webelos Scouts

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.

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Ideas for Boy Scouts and Varsity Scouts

Scouts participating in the Conservation Good Turn can meet certain rank and merit badge requirements. Troops and teams should consider advancement requirements when selecting projects to carry out. Suggested projects include, but are not limited to:

  • Plant shrubs to provide food and cover for wildlife.

  • Conduct stream improvement projects to prevent erosion.

  • Plant grasses and legumes to provide ground cover in schoolyards, public parks, and recreation areas.

  • Plant tree seedlings as part of a managed forestry plan.

  • Help thin and prune woodlands in a managed tree improvement project.

  • With a local forester, take part in or conduct a forest fire prevention program.

  • Make an exhibit on conservation for a county fair.

  • Develop a nature trail in a public park.

  • Assist a local forester in a tree insect- and disease-control or public education project.

  • Assist a local agency with a trout stream restoration project.

  • Participate in a wildlife or wildfowl count.

  • Conduct a rodent-control and public health education program under the guidance of the local health department or agency responsible for rodent control.

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Ideas For Explorers

Explorer posts or a cluster of posts can conduct an areawide inventory of environmental needs. Posts can individually or jointly plan, organize, and carry out an areawide environmental improvement project. Suggested project ideas include, but are not limited to the following

  • Organize a recycling campaign.

  • Visit a legislative body in session to understand the legislative process and how to become active citizens in the community.

  • Participate in a National Wildlife Federation program at the community level.

  • Plan and carry out a community improvement campaign.

  • Adopt a pond, stream, or park; keep it well maintained and litter-free.

  • Participate in Keep America Beautiful Day.

  • Research career opportunities in the fields of conservation and the environment and publish your findings for distribution to other posts.

  • Conduct a national high-adventure base conservation project.

  • Participate in National Hunting and Fishing Day.

  • Paint public buildings or maintain the grounds.

  • Under the guidance of the local parks and recreation department, prune trees on public grounds.

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Searching The Internet For Scout Conservation Project Info

Well, if you've made it this far down the page, you have either found more information on the Conservation Good Turn Program than you ever dreamed you'd need, or you are totally frustrated because you can't find info that esoteric project (or what-ever). The links below are the portals into the 'Conservation-ether', ....the vessel of all "green-Earth" knowledge, ....the crucible of "tree-hugging" exhaultation, ...THE WEB! (If you can't find it after all this work, let me know, and I will ferret it out for you!!)
  • InfoSeek "Conservation Good Turn" Sites
    Peruse sites that are listed in INFOSEEK. This query searches for sites that contain all the words "Conservation," "Good," and "Turn."

  • "eXcite "Conservation Good Turn" Sites 
    Peruse sites that are listed in EXCITE. This query searches for sites that contain all the words "Conservation," "Good," and "Turn."

  • Yahoo Scout Conservation Sites 
    Check out the sites that have managed to get YAHOO to list them based on their "Scouting Conservation Projects." No small task!

  • Search AltaVista for "Scout Conservation Good Turn" information 
    Check out the Scout Conservation sites that are listed in ALTAVISTA. This query searches for sites that contain all the words "Scout," "Conservation," "Good," and "Turn."

  • Search the "Scouts-L" Archive for "Conservation Good Turn" Discussions 
    Search through over 7 years of Scout Conservation discussions at the "Roundtable that never ends."

  • Conservation Search in Scouter's Internet Compass DB
    This is a nice search tool to allow Conservation searches within the Scouters Internet Compass database. Once you are there, try out some other searches as well!

  • Search the Usenet for Conservation Project Ideas
    This link will search the Usenet's Scouting discussion groups for "Conservation Project" and/or "Conservation Good Turn" discussions.

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Other Scouting Conservation Awards and Programs

    Scouting and Conservation
    This is the "Fact Sheet from the Boy Scouts of America web-site regarding the BSA relationships to Conservation programs. They say, "Because Scouting's youth generally have an active interest in the outdoors, they possess a ready curiosity that can be expanded. These young people can find their own answers, learn how to make sound judgments, and find social and environmental significance in actions that they undertake. Every Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Varsity Scout, and Explorer - and their units - can join in so that 100 percent of Scouting's members can become committed to the importance of conservation. "

    The Willian T. Hornaday Awards
    As a Cub Scout Pack, Boy Scout, Varsity Scout, or Explorer, you belong to one of the world's oldest environmental organizations. By subscribing to the Outdoor Code, you're already doing a lot to help conserve renewable natural resources. But do you yearn to do more? Great! There's a special way for individual Scouts or Scout units to make a real contribution. It's the William T. Hornaday Awards For Distinguished Service to Conservation. Check it out!

    Cub Scout World Conservation Award
    Granted under the auspices of the World Organization of Scouting Movement (WOSM,) this award is earned by Cub Scouts that participate in a Den or Pack conservation project and complete certain electives and/or earn prescribed Activity Badges. Visit this site to review the Award requirements, the patch graphic, and other information regarding the program.

    Boy Scout World Conservation Award
    Granted under the auspices of the World Organization of Scouting Movement (WOSM,) this award is earned by Boy Scouts that complete the requirements for certain select Merit Badges. Visit this site to review the Award requirements, the patch graphic, and other information regarding the program.

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For more information, see BSA Publication No. 21-386 - 1995 Printing




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