One of the Wolf Cub Scout requirements in the old program was designed to help the boys understand how they can help take care of our world.
While this is no longer a requirement in the new Cub Scout adventure program, we should strive to live by the Scouting Outdoor Code which says,
As an American, I will do my best to –
Be clean in my outdoor manners.
Be careful with fire.
Be considerate in the outdoors.
Be conservation minded.
In addition, every rank has a service project requirement. Get some great project ideas by reading about what other kids have done.
Here is an incredible source of stories about kids taking care of our planet! The Environmental Protection Agency recognizes environmental projects completed by kids who are in kindergarten through 12th grade. Their website‘s description of the President’s Environmental Youth Award (PEYA) is:
The PEYA program promotes awareness of our nation’s natural resources and encourages positive community involvement. Since 1971, the President of the United States has joined with EPA to recognize young people across the U.S. for protecting our nation’s air, water, land, and ecology. It is one of the most important ways EPA and the Administration demonstrate commitment to environmental stewardship efforts created and conducted by our nation’s young people.
Each year, the EPA select a winning project from each of ten regions. You can read about the winning projects for each year starting in 2002. Over the years, there have been nine Scouting-related projects.
- 2002 Region 1 – Webelos den
- 2002 Region 3 – Eagle Scout project
- 2003 Region 2 – Joint project with a Cub Scout Pack, a Boy Scout Troop and a Girl Scout Troop
- 2006 Region 1 – Boy Scout Troop
- 2006 Region 5 – Individual Boy Scout
- 2006 Region 6 – Girl Scout Troop
- 2007 Region 1 – Eagle Scout Project
- 2009 Region 6 – Girl Scout Gold Award
- 2010 Region 4 – Eagle Scout Project
I love these because the boys can learn how kids just like them did some extraordinary things to preserve our earth! Head on over to the President’s Environmental Youth Award site for some great service project ideas for your Cub Scouts.
Yours in Scouting,
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