World Conservation Award
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Wed, 16 Dec 1992 14:48:53 CST
Man, this is NOT my day for posting, is it??? I was going to place the
information about the World Conservation Award at the end, but when I made
the plus signs (and I am NOT going to illustrate that for you all!) it
locked my modem and keyboard, so here goes....
There have been several postings here about the World Conservation Award and
how to come up with projects for Cubs, Scouts and Explorers to complete the
award. The award is available for Cubs and Scouts to earn. Rob Pruden at
the National Office told me about nine months ago when I brought this to
his attention that "it's up to the local Council to allow Explorers to earn
it or not; some Councils will allow it and others won't"; so please check
with your local Council since they are the ones that approve the awards.
The National office has NOTHING to do with except to produce the small
pandabear-fluer-de-lis patches and tell us where to wear them.
For the final time, it is worn as a TEMPORARY PATCH centered on the right
pocket of the field uniforms. Cubs and Scouts wear it at the same place.
As far as I know, there is only ONE design now...there used to be one for
Cubs to wear and one for Scouts to wear, with different colored background
The requirements for the Cub Scout World Conservation Award:
Wolves and Bears:
Wolves complete Acheivement 7 (Conservation) and
ALL parts of two of the following electives:
Elective 13 (birds)
Elective 15 (grow something)
Elective 19 (fishing)
Bears complete Achievement 5 (Sharing Your World With
and ALL parts of two of the following electives:
Elective 2 (weather)
Elective 12 (nature crafts)
Elective 15 (water and soil conservation)
WEBELOS Cub Scouts complete the following activity badges:
In addition to the completion of the requirements, Cubs must take
part in a den or Pack conservation project (more on that in a momment).
Boy Scouts and Explorers:
Earn the Enviromental Science and Citizenship in the World Merit
Badges (both are required for Eagle).
Earn either the Fish and Wildlife Management or the Soil and
Water Conservation Merit Badges.
Take part in a unit or individual conservation project.
Conservation project ideas for Cubs, Scouts and Explorers:
Most of these ideas come from a BSA publication called the
Conservation Handbook (BSA supply #33570), which not just outlines how
to go about earning the Hornaday Awards, but how to conduct successful conservia
tion projects in your community. I highly recommend this book, because in
addition to the illustrations, its wording speaks direct to the Scout.
(the book is geared toward the Scout, and Cubs may have some problem with
The following is the summarized listing (because it goes over three
pages) of exploration projects to do with groups of Cubs (or Scouts). These
kick off into suitable projects for the award:
* examination of animals in locality: sounds, location, types
* what do backyard animals eat? Why is coloring important to them?
* list all animals found (if you don't know the name, make one up
that fits the type of animal found/observed)
* list all trees/bushes found (again, if you don't know the name,
make one up that fits it) in the backyard
*use nature/tree books to identify trees/animals found.
* can you figure out where trees and grasses get their food from?
Can you see which animals like which things on trees and which don't?
* (my personal favorite) sit quietly. Listen to all of the sounds
coming from the backyard or other area. Try to list every sound that
you hear, and if you can, tell in what direction that it came from
(this combines the Scout skill of determining direction, the Scout
skill of written communication and the skill of identification of
There are lots of other projects that Cubs and WEBELOS can do, amonhg
them, to plant small trees, bushes or plants; to do the "little seed in the
cup" experiment and describe what happens; to take a walk around a neighbor-
hood and see which conservation practices are and are not being applied;
to talk with wildlife officials and see the impact of good and bad
conservation practices; and on and on and on.....
Boy Scouts can use this book (starting with page 7 and continuing
from there) to spur conservation projects in the outdoors, in the
community, and in the home. I could list them all here, but it would really
take several more screens than I've already used.
Get the book. If your Scout Shop don't have it, have them to
order it. The cost is $6. It's a small book, but you can tell that Rob
and his staff and the volunteers that put this thing together really took
their time and made this a book for ANYONE concerned about the management
of our natural resources.
(sounds like a commercial, huh??)
I hope that I've helped several people out there with these postings...and
I'm sorry that I could not put a couple of them together!
Hornaday Award holder
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City