Boy Scouts of America
Boy Scout to earn the coveted Eagle Scout rank.
Many young men working toward becoming Eagle Scouts choose conservation projects. One Eagle Scout candidate recently completed a wood sample display that identifies various tree species. His project is used as a teaching aid to show people the differences in color, grain and bark in various wood samples.
Another Scout’s project involved the construction of display boards showing various fishing lures and baits and fishing knots. The displays are used by Conservation Department staff and volunteers when they provide fishing presentations to the public.
Other Eagle Scout candidates have built and placed mourning dove nesting structures on several Northwest Missouri conservation areas. After Eagle Scout Casey Johnson of Troop 60 in Savannah completed his mourning dove nesting project, he said he was happy he had chosen to work on behalf of conservation.
“To a young man in the state of Missouri nothing can be better than the Boy Scouts of America and Missouri Department of Conservation,” Johnson said. “BSA gives the young man a chance to learn about life and leadership, and MDC supplies a nice clean setting for these activities.”
We can also thank Eagle Scout candidates for fish habitat structures in several Northwest Missouri conservation area lakes, aesthetically pleasing wooden slab benches at the entrance of the Conservation Department’s Northwest Regional Office, and for the shade structures at the Kid’s Fishing Pond at Lost Valley Fish Hatchery near Warsaw.
Wildlife Management Biologist Sean Cleary testifies to the value of the partnership of the Conservation Department and the Boy Scouts of America.
“Local Boy Scout troops have been a good source of volunteer help on state conservation lands,” Cleary said. “From trail enhancement projects to creating wildlife habitat, their work benefits the Conservation Department and Missouri citizens.”
Other winners in the partnership are the individual Scouts. They get fully involved in their projects and coordinate their work with Conservation Department experts. As they complete their projects, they learn how conservation works on the ground, and they gain a sense of ownership of our natural resources.
The slogan of the Boy Scouts of America is “Do a Good Turn Daily.” And, just like the anonymous Boy Scout in the London fog, Scouts have been doing Good Turns for conservation for nearly 100 years.
Becoming a Scout
The Boy Scouts of America has three programs open to youths. They include Cub Scouts, which is designed for boys 7 to 10 years old. Boy Scouts, open to boys 10 to 17 years old, and Venturing, open to boys and girls between 14 and 20 years old who have completed eighth-grade.
All programs provide experiences, challenges and guidance designed to help young people mature into responsible and caring adults.
To become a Scout or to learn more about Boy Scouts of America programs, contact one of the following Boy Scouts Councils in Missouri:
- Great Rivers Council (Columbia)—(573) 449-2561
- Greater St. Louis Council— (314) 361-0600
- Heart of America Council (Kansas City)—(816) 942-9333
- Ozark Trails Council (Springfield)—(417) 883-1636
- Pony Express Council (St. Joseph)—(816) 233-1351
Other Youth Groups Involved in Conservation
See the links listed below for other organizations actively involved in youth conservation education and/or conservation service projects.