Since 1910, conservation and environmental studies have been an integral part of the Boy Scouts of America. 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. Through environmental explorations, Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA, Venturers, and Sea Scouts visit the outdoors and discover the natural world around them. Many natural resource careers are born in Scouting.
Reach the Council’s Conservation team at Conservation@AlamoAreaBSA.org.
Awards and Recognitions
The World Conservation Award provides an opportunity for individual Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA, Venturers, and Sea Scouts to think globally and act locally to preserve and improve our environment. This program is designed to help youth members gain awareness that all nations are closely related through natural resources and that we are interdependent with our world environment.
The BSA Distinguished Conservation Service Award recognizes Scouts and Scouters for ecology efforts and service to conservation in their communities. To earn the Award as an individual, youth members must earn a series of merit badges followed by a concentrated series of conservation and/or environmental education projects to be conducted in the member’s community or nearby, under the advise of a trained conservation, naturalist, or environmental engineering expert.
These awards represent a substantial commitment of time and energy by individuals who have learned the meaning of a conservation/environmental ethic. Any Scout or Venturer willing to devote the time and energy to work on a project based on sound scientific principles and guided by a conservation professional or a well-versed layperson can qualify for one of the Awards.
Conservation Good Turn Award: An opportunity for Cub Scout packs, Scout troops and Venturing crews to join with conservation or environmental organizations to carry out a conservation project in their local community.
Take Care of Texas Patch: Recognizes Scouts who are doing their part to conserve water and energy, keep our air and water clean, and reduce waste.
Keep America Beautiful Hometown USA Award: A youth program between Keep America Beautiful Inc. and the BSA that recognizes outstanding efforts of Scouts in their communities in regard to citizenship and environmental improvement; provides way for Scouts to make significant contribution toward keeping America beautiful.
National Park Service Scout Ranger Award: Scouts BSA and Cub Scouts can participate in educational and/or volunteer service projects at national park sites to spark their awareness of the national parks and to provide Scouts with the opportunity to explore the national parks and learn more about protecting our natural and cultural resources
National Outdoor Award- Conservation: When a Scout excels in outdoor participation, there are awards to show for it! This program, conceived by the BSA’s National Camping Task Force, includes a series of six badges, including one for Conservation, designed to recognize a Scout, Sea Scout, or Venturer who has exemplary knowledge and experience in performing high-level outdoor activities.
Cub Scout Outdoor Activity Award: This award encourages Cub Scouts to become active in the outdoors; may be earned as a Tiger Cub, Wolf, Bear, and Webelos Scout.
EPA 50th Anniversary Award: The EPA award encourages scouts to research, investigate, experiment, demonstrate, survey, and study air pollution, water pollution, solid and hazardous waste, and ocean dumping.
Upcoming Conservation Events:
Scouts Trash the Trash Day – May 1, 2021 or any day you can – scoutstrashthetrashday.org/
- Mays Days Service Hours Event 4th quarter 2021 (Oct 2nd, 2021, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM)
- Friends Of McGimsey (Oct 16th, 2021, 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM)
- Mays Days Service Hours Event 1st quarter 2022 (Jan 8th, 2022, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM)
- Friends Of McGimsey (Mar 5th, 2022, 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM)
- Conservation Awards Weekend 2022 (Apr 1st, 5:30 PM – Apr 3rd, 2022, 5:00 PM)
- Mays Days Service Hours Event 2nd quarter 2022 (Apr 30th, 2022, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM)
- Friends Of McGimsey (Jun 4th, 2022, 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM)
- Mays Days Service Hours Event 3rd quarter 2022 (Jul 16th, 2022, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM)
- Mays Days Service Hours Event 4th quarter 2022 (Oct 1st, 2022, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM)