Even Scouts need a reminder to protect our planet.
And because Friday is Earth Day, now’s the perfect opportunity to talk to the members of your unit about doing their part.
Sure, the Boy Scouts of America has a well-deserved reputation for being environmentally friendly, but we can’t rest on our laurels.
So check out these 10 ways to celebrate Earth Day with your pack, troop, team, or crew:
- Find Earth Day events near you. Large or small, attending a community event lets you celebrate on short notice.
- Bring some trivia to your next meeting, like “Environmental Jeopardy,” which mixes learning with friendly competition.
- Have fun with Cub Scouts with these Earth Day craft ideas and Earth Day coloring pages.
- Watch a movie that will inspire and entertain your Scouts. Some ideas: the Disney films “Earth,” “Oceans,” or (my personal favorite) “Wall-E.” Older Scouts might find the scientific data in “An Inconvenient Truth” compelling. I sure did.
- Have a picnic with The Nature Conservancy’s Picnic for the Planet, held at spots across the country as a fun reminder about sustainable food.
- Play a game, like this Leave No Trace card game, which appeared in the March-April 2011 edition of Scouting.
- Adopt a highway. Most states have Adopt-a-Highway programs that encourage groups to take responsibility of a stretch of roadway and pick up trash. To get started, try a Google search for “Adopt a highway” and then the name of your state. (Thanks to Julus P., who contributed this idea on our Facebook page.)
- Carpool. Whether you’re driving to work, school, or a weekend campout, show your Scouts that you’re reducing toxic emissions by sharing a ride with coworkers, friends, or other Scout leaders.
- Teach your Scouts how to: safely recycle electronics, create a compost pile, or identify recycled-content products.
- Measure your ecological footprint using a special calculator that takes into account use of food, fiber, timber, energy, and space for infrastructure.