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									  “THE CONSERVATION
       PROJECT”


TALKING THE TALK &
             WALKING THE WALK


                    Shawn Spencer, Cubmaster
                    Queens Council Conservation Comm. Chair
                           SESSION OBJECTIVES
•   1 - Better understanding of incorporating
    Conservation Projects into all levels of
    Scouting.

•   2 – Review resources to help develop
    worthwhile Conservation efforts in your
    home units, districts and councils.

•   3 – Learn how scout units can develop
    ongoing relationships with local land
    management agencies.

•   4 – Use planning skills to finalize a
    Conservation Project that you will be
    doing later in this course.
            “IF YOU FAIL TO PLAN …
                YOU THEN PLAN TO FAIL




• Planning is of the utmost importance to ‘starting and
  implementing’ any project and making the initiative
  sustainable
THE 9TH POINT; “SCOUT IS THRIFTY”

                 • A scout works to pay
                   his/ her own way and to
                   help others. He/She
                   saves for the future.
                   He/ She protects and
                   conserves natural
                   resources. He/ She
                   carefully uses time and
                   property.
                      Do a “Good Turn” daily
How about a Conservation Good
Turn? -- By helping our
environment we help everyone.

An easy one to earn –
1 – The unit contacts a local agency and offers to
    carry out a project.
2 – The agency ID’s a project that can be done.
3 – Working together the unit and agency plan
     and carry out the project.

Following the projects completion the unit
completes the application and forwards it to
Council. This patch can then be awarded to all
appropriate participants.
          THE 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.


    Elaborate and hand out
    Principles of “Leave No Trace”
• Plan Ahead
• Camp and travel on durable
  surfaces
• Concentrate or spread?
• Pack it in and pack it out.
• Sanitation
• Leave what you find.
• Minimize site alteration
• Minimize campfire use.
• Respect wildlife and respect
  others.
         Scouts in the Environment
• Many scouts want to help
  out; all of them need to for
  rank advancements, and
  there are many things to do.
• Agencies… especially in
  hard times are always in
  need of willing help, and are
  more than willing to put the
  boys to work.
Remember the “OUTING” in SCOUTING;
 if we don’t help care for and restore what
       we use it won’t be there later!
                   PROJECTS
• Conservation Projects can
  come in all shapes, sizes
  and levels of complexity.

• What do you think would
  make a good project.


      Brainstorm
      What makes a good project? ,
           The Bullet Plan
•   1 – Involves the scouts at all levels of the project.
•   2 – Must be FUN.
•   3 – Make the first one reasonable.
•   4 – Consider the Skill level of your group.
•   5 – Set reasonable first goals (and for all projects)
•   6 – Is it Sustainable and does it make a difference?
SAFETY IS CRITICAL!!!!
           •   Think before acting
           •   “Guide to Safe Scouting”
           •   Work plan
           •   Phone numbers / Radios
           •   Pre- site visit
           •   Agency Contacts
           •   Know where / how local
               emergency services can be
               contacted and how fast they can
               arrive.
         DOCUMENTATION
•   COMPLETED WORK PLAN W/ COMMENTS
•   PHOTOGRAPHS
•   ANY AWARD APPLICATIONS
•   THANK-YOU’S AS APPROPRIATE
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            RECOGNITION
MAKE SURE THAT ALL THE
RECIPIENTS ARE
RECOGNIZED AND THAT
ALL APPLICABLE AWARDS
ARE ISSUED ASAP.
THE PROJECT PLANNING
     CHECKLIST
          • YOU HAVE ONE IN
            YOUR PACKAGE THAT
            YOU CAN USE;

          • OR YOU CAN MAKE UP
            YOUR OWN.

          • But always remember……
                  THIS CHECKLIST
    YOU MUST HAVE A PLAN; INCLUDING -
•   Leadership (who is responsible for what)
•   Detailed Work Plan (who, what when, where, why, how, how long, etc. etc.)
•   Defined Goals (What are we doing today & next week etc.)
•   Equipment List (what do have, what do we need and where do we get it.)
•   Materials list (as above)
•   Hours (start and stop times, # days, rain dates, how much to complete by when,
    etc.)
•   Safety (first aid kits, phones / radios, emergency plans etc)
•   Detailed construction drawings (as appropriate)
•   Forms and Authorizations (as needed)
•   Project Scope and Benefits (as agreed upon with the agency ahead of time)
•   One day project (or more )?
•   Any costs and how they are to be covered.
•   What is the projects permanence or Sustainability?
            A FEW RESOURCES
• New York City Parks Dept. (Rangers, Volunteers, NRG, etc.)
• New York City – Dept. Environmental Protection 718-337-4357 /
  Lefrak plaza in Corona Queens.
• New York State – Dept. Environmental Conservation – 718- 482-
  4900 general; 482-4922 fish and wildlife; 482-4942 urban forestry
• New York State Parks – 212-694-3720
• U.S. E.P.A. local – 212-637-3000
• U.S. Dept. Interior – Gateway Nat. Rec. Area 718-338-3338;
  338-3575; 338-3799
• Colleges with natural resource programs including Columbia,
  Rutgers, Marist and Hofstra.
• Council Conservation Committee.
REFERENCES
     • Scout books – filed guide,
       merit badge books, etc
     • Natural resource books
     • Magazines / Articles
     • Agency publications



     • Many, many, many more.
    THANK YOU AND HAVE FUN
Even the smallest can
measure up




                        His Future Is In Our Hands

								
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