Boy Scouts of America has made several contributions to environmental science, including hosting service projects to help keep local areas clean and offering the Hometown USA Award. There are also several individuals who made environmental science a career after a time with the organization. William Hornaday, Ernest Thompson Seton and Daniel Carter Beard contributed to environmental science and Scouting in various ways.Continue Reading
Hornaday spent time as the chief taxidermist of the Smithsonian Institution and helped establish the National Zoological Garden in Washington in the late 1800s before becoming the head of the Bronx Zoo in New York. Hornaday was enshrined in the National Wildlife Federation Conservation Hall of Fame in 1971. He helped create the Environmental Science merit badge and wrote several articles for "Boys' Life" in the 1920s.
The Environmental Science merit badge is one of the requirements to earn the Eagle rank, Scouting's top rank for boys under the age of 18. One of the merit badge's requirements involves creating an environmental impact statement for an imaginary project. An optional portion of the merit badge revolves around studying two projects designed to improve the habitat for threatened species of plants or animals.
In 2013 three of the most common types of service projects involved litter cleanup, community beautification and conservation efforts. The Hometown USA Award is a joint project between the Boy Scouts of America and Keep America Beautiful that rewards Boy Scouts for outstanding service to environmental improvements in Scouting communities.Learn more about Outdoor Adventure
The Order of the Arrow is the official honor society of the Boy Scouts of America. It was founded when Urner Goodman and Carroll Edson, the camp director and assistant camp director of Treasure Island Camp, decided to implement a program that recognized those Scouts who best exemplified the Scout's Oath and the Scout Law. The program was successful, and the Boy Scouts of America began piloting the Order of the Arrow in 1922 and officially accepted it in 1934.Full Answer >
Download the Boy Scouts of America Annual Health and Medical Record form by visiting the organization's website at Scouting.org and navigating to the Scouting Safely section of the webpage. Locate the Forms drop-down menu on the left side of the page, and scroll down until you see the hyperlink for the Annual Health and Medical Record. Click through the link, then download either the All Scouting Events form or the Are You Going to Camp form, as applicable.Full Answer >
To become a Boy Scouts leader, adult volunteers must obtain a member ID, create an online MyScouting account, and complete both the online Youth Protection Training and one or more additional courses specific to the desired position. MyScouting can be accessed through the Boy Scouts of America website.Full Answer >
The Boy Scouts of America wear their emblem on the left pocket of the uniform shirt. Above the right pocket is the jamboree insignia, the Order of the Arrow lodge insignia and the nameplate. The Boy Scouts wear their other insignia on the right and left sleeves of the uniform.Full Answer >