Updated for Scouts, Scout Leaders, Land Managers, and Conservation Organizations, this 2016 edition is expanded to include the role of conservation in Scouting, how Scouts can become effective stewards of the environment, the value of partnerships between Scouts and managers of public and private lands, and specific skills for getting good work done.
This book highlights the BSA’s century-long involvement with conservation and the powerful role that caring for the environment can have for today’s Scouts and the land itself. This publication will help Scout leaders establish positive relationships with land managers and includes projects tailored to the needs of Scouts.
• The Challenge and Opportunity of Conservation
• History of Scouting and Conservation
• Environmental Explorations
• Outdoor Ethics
• Conservation Projects
• Project Planning and Leadership
• Tools for Conservation
• Lessons Learned
• Recognition and Awards
• Agencies and Organizations
Written by Robert Birkby, lifelong Scouter, Eagle Scout, adventure guide, author, photographer, speaker, and trail designer. In 2010 Birkby also received the Boy Scouts of America’s highest award for conservation: the William T. Hornaday Gold Award. He is also a former trail crew foreman and director of conservation at Philmont High Adventure Base and directed trail building across the USA as a Chief Instructor of the Student Conservation Association Wilderness Work Skills program.