Community Gardens Do More Than Grow Vegetables

Everyone wants to save the planet. But imagine if you could save the planet while also fostering a sense of community, providing opportunities for intergenerational and cross-cultural connection, stimulating social interaction, improving people’s quality of life, promoting health, encouraging self-reliance, reducing family food expenses, beautifying neighborhoods, creating income opportunities, and helping the poor. (Whew!) That’s…

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Summit Bechtel Reserve
The Summit Gets Sustainability Stamp of Approval

In 2013, the BSA’s Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia opened to great fanfare. While most Scouts were attracted to the camp’s world-class zip lines, canopy tours, mountain-bike trails, shooting ranges, and skateboarding facilities, many adults (and more than a few Scouts) were attracted to something else: the Summit’s commitment to sustainability. Of course, saying…

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Transatlantic Council Embraces Sustainability

In 2015, staff and volunteers from the Boy Scouts of America’s Transatlantic Council gathered to develop a five-year strategic plan dubbed 2020 Vision. Its goal was identify and address the unique challenges faced by the sprawling council, which serves military and expatriate families in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. (In much the same way,…

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Keeping up with the Greens

Keeping up with the Joneses is as American as apple pie. When family members, friends, and neighbors do more and buy more, most of us feel an urge to do the same. A sibling’s vacation photos on Facebook get us dreaming of the tropics. A friend’s new car reminds realize how ratty our old beater…

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BSA LeaderSHIFT 2015

For more than a century, the Boy Scouts of America has been a leader in conservation education and environmental stewardship. In fact, you might say we were green when green was just a color. Today, we are moving from green to deep green, working across the organization to make sustainability both something we teach and something we live. This website represents the hub of our sustainability efforts—a place to celebrate what we have accomplished and to learn how you can make your council or camp more sustainable.

LeaderSHIFT 2015 (view the Session 1 replay here and Session 2 here), the BSA’s virtual sustainability summit, brought together councils from across the country to learn more about sustainability and about the triple bottom line of people, planet, and prosperity. Click back to view videos and other resources from LeaderSHIFT.

Council Sustainability Guide: PDF

2015 LeaderSHIFT Presentation: PPT | PDF

2015 LeaderSHIFT Handouts: PPT | PDF

GET INVOLVED: We want to hear from you. Whether you’ve scored major successes in sustainability or are just looking for ways to get started, plug into our growing network …

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PATH TO SUCCESS: The most powerful lesson is a good example. In this section of the website, you’ll find a growing library of success stories and best practices.

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OUR DNA: Sustainability is in the BSA’s DNA, although we haven’t always used that term. Robert Baden-Powell, who founded Scouting, said Scouts should leave behind…

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