Conservation Project Planning Presenter 1 Presenter 2
Scouting and Conservation How / Where is conservation woven into the fabric of scouting literature and policy?
Scouting and Conservation A Scout is Thrifty Do A Good Turn Daily Leave No Trace Conservation Projects Outdoor Code
Outdoor Code As an American, I will do my best to Be clean in my outdoor manners, Be careful with fire, Be considerate in the outdoors, And Be conservation minded.
Scouting and Conservation How do we involve Scouts in appropriate conservation efforts?
Conservation Project Examples • Stabilize eroded areas • Teach environmental awareness • Re-vegetate Damaged Hillsides • Monitor Lake Water Quality • Develop & Maintain Outdoor Classrooms
Conservation Project Examples • Build bird and bat houses
Conservation Project Examples • Remove Exotic Plant Species
Conservation Project Examples • Maintain Hiking Trails
Conservation Project Examples • Maintain recreational sites
Adopt-a-site • Partner with land management agencies • Adopt a highway is one example • Scouts develop a sense of ownership • Scouts will be able to see how their efforts improve the condition of the site.
Adopt-a-site • Adopt a highway is one example
Conservation Agency Examples • Local • Cook County Forest Preserve • Lake County Forest Preserve • McHenry County Conservation District • State • Volo Bog (Volo, IL) • Illinois State Beach Park (Beach Park, IL) • Havens Woods Preserve (Milwaukee, WI) • Kettle Moraine State Forest (WDNR) • Federal • US Forest Service
Scout Camps • Camp MaKaJaWan – Baden-Powell Award – Campsite improvement project • Camp Crown • Camp Oakarro
Philmont Scout Reservation • Order of the Arrow Trail Crew – 14 day trek • Trail Crew Trek – 14 day trek • R.O.C. – Roving Outdoor Classroom – 21 day trek
Conservation Agencies • Need help from volunteers • Welcome Scout groups • Like long term associations • Will educate and train your Scouts
Planning a Good Conservation Project Involve the Scouts in all aspects Make the project fun Choose reasonable first projects
Planning a Good Conservation Project • Consider skill levels • Set reasonable goals • Make a difference • Make it worthwhile
Conservation Project Safety • Gear projects to scouts capabilities • Identify Any Safety Hazards • Follow Agency Safety Rules • Give Instruction on Use of Tools • Leaders Make Safety Sweeps
Qualified Supervision Physical Fitness Buddy System Safe Area Safe Equipment Personal Safety Gear Safety Policies Skill Level Limits Weather Check Planning Communications Permits & Notices First Aid Resources Applicable Laws CPR Resource Discipline Conservation Project SafetyScouting’s Sweet 16
Documenting Conservation Projects • Project Logbooks • Project Scope and Definition • Include Before and After Pictures • Note Individuals Involved • Note Long Term Responsibilities • Newspaper Accounts
Recognition for Conservation Recognize the Scouts Connect projects with awards and advancement
Cub Scouts • Outdoorsman • Wildlife Conservation • World Conservation Award • Conservation Good Turn • Leave No Trace
Boy Scouts/Varsity • Camping Merit Badge • 50 Miler Award • Conservation Good Turn • Leave No Trace • Hornaday Award and Medals
Venturing • Plants and Wildlife and Ecology requirements towards the Ranger Award • 50 Miler Award • Leave No Trace • Conservation Good Turn • Hornaday Award and Medals
Project Awareness/Promotion • Geoscouting.com Geocaching.com
Recognition and Conservation Projects • Recognize the Cooperative Agency • Follow-up with a letter • Invite the media
Conservation Project Planning Checklist • What is the task to be done? • Why is it important? • How many Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Varsity Scouts, or Venturers can take part in the work? • What is the time frame for completing the project? • What tools and materials will be needed,if any, and who will provide them? Scouting leaders and agency personnel can use the following checklist to assist them in planning conservation projects.
Conservation Project Planning Checklist • What leadership skills are required to oversee the work? • Who will provide project leadership?(List youth and adult Scouting leaders and any agency personnel.) • How will youth reach the work area? • What safety factors are involved and how will they be addressed?
Second Weekend Conservation Projects • Camp Sol R. Crown • Apply information from the Project Planning Check List • Bring recommended equipment • Enthusiasm • Sense of accomplishment