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Michigan Scout Council Launches Innovative Sustainable Farming Program

In 1921, when Rota Kiwan Scout Reservation opened near Kalamazoo, Mich., Boy Scouting offered merit badges in agriculture, beekeeping, botany, dairying, gardening, and poultry keeping. For many Scouts of the era, a trip to summer camp offered a welcome break from chores on the family farm. (In 1920, America had three times as many farms…

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Taking Out the Trash Is Complicated—but It Doesn’t Have to Be

Most businesses have one: that repository of old furniture, office equipment, and computers that have been removed from service but are still serviceable. The repository may be a closet, or it may be a warehouse, but it’s there nonetheless. And getting rid of what it contains can be as hard as getting rid of a…

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See The Locally-Sourced Inspiration Behind This Council’s Unique Program

This article originally appeared on Scouting Wire. Story by Jane Parikh of the Michigan Crossroads Council Cub Scouts at Rota Kiwan Scout Reservation are sowing seeds for the future through their participation in a unique local food project this summer at camp. The Seed to Life program was developed by Megan Yankee, Marketing Innovations Manager…

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Scout Service Project Helps Bring Life Back to Chesapeake Bay

Since the nineteenth century, Chesapeake Bay’s oyster population has plummeted to perhaps 1 percent of its historic levels. A harvest that once numbered in the millions of bushels has been reduced to a few thousand bushels per year. Of course, that precipitous decline is a problem for people whose livelihoods depend on oysters, as well…

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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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