Land Stewardship Day, Nov. 9 - Help restore the beauty and function of the land in our area by participating with one of these land stewardship organizations in a conservation service project. OR identify a need yourself and partner with a local organization. Serve this year and prepare for participation in our 100 year anniversary celebration in 2014. MORE
Why Conservation and the BSA?
- Duty to God - Most people of faith share a common ethic of respect for, and harmony with, the natural world.
- Sound Citizenship - Responsible and thoughtful stewardship of resources, whether viewed as abundant or scarce, is a critical issue for all of us—today and into the future.
- Physical Fitness - Naturally associated with outdoor activity, education, and service.
Mission: Council Conservation Committee
- Promote conservation awareness and responsible/ethical action among Scouts, Scouters, and the broader community.
- Foster community awareness and appreciation of the Boy Scouts of America/Sam Houston Area Council as a leader in supporting conservation.
- Ensure that council camps are managed according to sound conservation practices.
- Emphasize Scouting participation in significant community conservation activities such as Rivers, Lakes, Bayous and Bays Trash Bash and/or Environment Week.
- Organize environmental/conservation-oriented demonstrations for weekend camping, summer camps, and other summer programs (ECODOIN's).
- Promote the conservation ethic at the council events (Akela's Trail/Cub Scout Leader Pow Wow, Scout Fair, and University of Scouting).
- Promote conservation-oriented awards such as Hornaday, Council Conservation Award, World Conservation Award, and Conservation Good Turn Award.
- Participate in Council Camping Committee meetings.
- Develop and implement courses for Akela's Trail/Cub Scout Leader Pow Wow and University of Scouting.
- Develop Project Wild facilitators throughout the council and offer at least one annual council-wide workshop.
- Encourage conservation programs at roundtables to review awards as well as educational and project opportunities.
- Encourage training utilizing BSA resources/offerings, as well as resources outside the BSA.
- Outdoor Ethics registration for March 8-10, 2013.
- Aggressively encourage Scout participation in conservation-related projects in our area (such as conservation needs of Texas Watch Partner, Texas Parks & Wildlife,Texas Forest Service, and area parks).
- Camp Conservation Plans: For each of the council camps, prepare and steward conservation plans that can be used as a source of projects and information for program staff.
- Camp Nature Center: Survey needs and opportunities for an educational center at the main Scout camps.
- Encourage Leave No Trace camping and outdoor ethics.
Conservation Committee Objectives for 2011/2012
- Increase the number of Hornaday Badge applications.
- Recruit additional Hornaday Advisors and increase the number of districts represented.
- Promote other conservation related awards (such as World Conservation, Conservation Good Turn) and increase participation.
- Continue participation in Akela’s Trail/Cub Scout Leader Pow Wow, Scout Fair, and University of Scouting, and use these events as an opportunity to promote conservation-related awards and programs.
- Promote participation in Rivers, Lakes, Bays, and Bayous Trash Bash in 2011 with an increase in Scout participation compared to 2010.
- Restore ECODOIN's.
- Improve role of Order of the Arrow in camp conservation and in conservation promotion in general.
- Update camp conservation plans for Camp Strake and El Rancho Cima; develop frist draft of a plan for Bovay Scout Ranch.
- Complete prospectus on mitigation value of map DStrake wetlands.
- Complete one controlled burn of cleared understory at Camp Strake as weather and permits allow.
- Develop training program for potential camp staff and course guides for two merit badges for El Rancho Cima summer camp staff.
- Continue brush control at El Rancho Cima and Camp Strake as staff and funds allow.
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