Save the animals, win an awesome prize (deadline Sept. 14)

Update, Aug. 15: The deadline has been extended to noon (CDT) on Sunday, Sept. 14.

nat-geo-patchComplete an animal-rescue project either as an individual or with your Scout unit, and you’ll get more than the warm fuzzies from doing a good turn.

You’ll also be entered to win awesome prizes like a visit from a National Geographic Explorer or an expenses-paid trip to the Explorers Symposium in Washington, D.C.

But don’t dillydally. The National Geographic Mission: Animal Rescue Contest ends Sept. 14, 2014 Aug. 15, 2014.

There are three ways to enter, including one for Scouts who are under 9 years old or don’t have the time to complete a rescue project of their own.

The first 1,000 entrants in any category will receive a patch that looks like the image above.

Here are the details:

Three entry types

  1. Limited-edition patch only: Scouts under 9 or any Scout who doesn’t have time to complete a project of his own can enter to receive the limited-edition patch.
  2. Limited-edition patch and trip to Explorers Symposium: Scouts 9 or older can submit their individual animal-rescue project and be entered to win a trip to the Explorers Symposium in Washington, D.C.
  3. Limited-edition patch for everyone in unit and visit from National Geographic Explorer: Adult leaders submit their unit’s animal-rescue project and are entered to win a visit from a National Geographic Explorer.

To clarify: Scouts can enter individual projects, or they may complete the project as a unit, where the adult leader submits the actual project on the entry page.

Project ideas

Here are some examples, though this list isn’t exhaustive. Be creative!

  • UNDERSTANDING: Map where endangered animals live and what they need to survive.
  • SHARING: Interview an animal expert in your community, make your own video and share it.
  • FUNDRAISING: Find a company that uses an endangered animal in its logo and ask them to make a charitable donation at this site.
  • VOLUNTEERING: Visit a local rescue organization and work for a day or weekend.

Rules and how to enter

Visit this page for tons more details, and when it’s time to enter, be sure to click the appropriate link! Good luck.

Can’t get enough animal stuff?

Boys’ Life‘s September 2014 issue is all about animals and pets.


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