Suggestions for Winter Conservation Projects?

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Suggestions for Winter Conservation Projects?

Post by scouterguider » Fri Nov 22, 2013 1:13 pm

My son is in his 3rd year of Cubs, has earned all the stars, and almost all the Awards. Our group moves the kids up to the next section in spring - around March or April.

He still needs to earn:
- The Heritage Trails Award (yes, there are some of the badge available in the group)
- World Conservation Award or World Scout Environment
- Canadian Wilderness Award

For all of these, he needs to do some type of conservation project... any suggestions for a conservation project that works in the middle of winter???

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Post by norma » Fri Nov 22, 2013 6:06 pm

for Heritage Trail he needs to do a conservation project related to the trail.

Could he do a trail clean up? kinda cool to be out, but if there isn't tons of snow he would still be able to clean up garbage along the trail.

See about something like bat boxes or bird houses he could build to be placed along trails or at a Scout Camp?

Set up some sort of awareness campaign that can be displayed somewhere?

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Re: Suggestions for Winter Conservation Projects?

Post by SteveMatheson » Tue Nov 26, 2013 11:08 am

We've been thinking about this as well, mainly because we have a Troop member working on his Chief Scouts' Award and needs an environmental project to run.
See ... d_-_Scouts
It's a bit cold for our typical beach cleanup, which we will probably do in May (after the CSA submission deadline). We'll get next year's CSA applicants to run that.

We thought perhaps something can be done with Christmas trees. Some gather them as bird shelters for the winter, or so I've heard. (Good opportunity to learn axe and hatchet skills in the spring to hack them apart after they die off and mulch the ground) Some have apparently assembled them on frozen lakes to become new fish habitate/food after the thaw. I've never witnessed this, but it sounds like a great opportunity.

Here's some links: So far it's just a thought, but a unique post-Christmas opportunity. Has anyone heard of this being done in their areas?
Steve Matheson
Group Commissioner, 3rd Eastern Passage
Nova Scotia

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