Conservation and Scouting

Since 1910, conservation has been an integral part of the program of the Boy Scouts of America. The BSA has been a positive force in conservation and environmental efforts. 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.
Scouts of today have grown up hearing words such as ecosystem, biodiversity, and climate change. They recognize the need for, and the benefits of, conserving natural resources. Scouts understand that we all must work together for the betterment of the land, forests, wildlife, air, and water.

Conservation Awards

The BSA offers three major groups of conservation awards:  the Conservation Good Turn, open to units of any type; the World Conservation Award, which is open to Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts/Varsity Scouts and Venturers; and the William T. Hornaday Award for Boy Scouts/Varsity Scouts, Venturers, and adult volunteers.

Conservation Good Turn

Cub Scout World Conservation Award

Boy Scout World Conservation Award

Venturing World Conservation Award

William T. Hornaday Awards