Conservation Good Turn Award

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Conservation Good Turn Award

The patch can be worn on the uniform as
a temporary insignia or on the scout's patch vest.
(SKU: 149)
Level:Cub Scoutss, Boy Scoutss, Venturerss, Sea Scouts, and Scouters

The Conservation Good Turn Award is an opportunity for Scout units to join with conservation or environmental organizations (federal, state, local, or private) to carry out a conservation Good Turn in their home communities. Working together in the local community, the unit and the agency plan the details and establish the date, time and location for carrying out the project.

Conservation projects should involve the entire unit - scouts, leaders, and family members. Cub Scouts and Webelos Scouts participating in the Conservation Good Turn can also meet some advancement requirements.


Agencies to contact for project ideas:

  • U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service
  • U.S. Department of the Interior
  • Geological Survey
  • Bureau of Indian Affairs
  • Bureau of Reclamation
  • U.S. Department of Commerce
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • Natural Resource and Conservation Service (NRCS)
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  • U.S. Forest Service
  • Bureau of Land Management
  • National Park Service
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • local City Works department
  • Audubon Society
  • Trout Unlimited

Project Ideas

Conservation and environmental agencies typically have a backlog of needed projects that they have been unable to carry out for lack of funding or volunteers. The list of possible Good Turn projects is limited only by the needs of the agency and the willingness of the Scouting unit. In every community, whether urban, suburban, or rural, worthwhile projects await all Scouting units.

Cub Scouts and Webelos Scouts

Cub Scouting conservation projects should involve the entire Cub Scout pack, each den, adult leaders, and family members. Hands-on projects help Cub Scouts and Webelos Scouts realize that everyone can do things to care for the environment. Cub Scouts and Webelos Scouts participating in the Conservation Good Turn can also meet some advancement requirements. Suggested projects include, but are not limited to

  • Plant grasses, trees, shrubs, and ground cover to stop soil erosion.
  • As a den or pack, adopt a park. Remove litter and garbage from a favorite neighborhood recreation area or park.
  • Organize or participate in a recycling program in your neighborhood, or visit a recycling center.
  • Arrange a natural resources awareness program. Invite natural resource professionals such as wildlife biologists, soil conservationists, foresters, or conservation officers to speak to your pack.
  • Participate in a beach or waterfront cleanup. Record the items collected and determine the possible harmful effects to wildlife. With youth participation, develop a plan to educate the public about the dangers posed to wildlife.
  • From a local, state, or national organization that is concerned about environmental protection, obtain suggestions for den and pack projects to improve the environment.
  • As a den or pack, visit a public utility to learn about the wise use of resources, and become involved in programs offered by utilities to help consumers conserve resources.
  • Contact the camp ranger or BSA local council property superintendent for information about camp needs and plans. Establish a nature trail, plant vegetation, or carry out other needed projects as requested by the camp ranger.

Boy Scouts, Venturers, and Sea Scouts

Scouts participating in the Conservation Good Turn can meet certain rank and merit badge requirements. Troops and teams[Note 1] should consider advancement requirements when selecting projects to carry out. Suggested projects include, but are not limited to

  • Plant shrubs to provide food and cover for wildlife.
  • Build and set out bird and squirrel nesting boxes.
  • Conduct stream improvement projects to prevent erosion.
  • Plant grasses and legumes to provide ground cover in schoolyards, public parks, and recreation areas.
  • Plant tree seedlings as part of a managed forestry plan.
  • Help thin and prune woodlands in a managed tree improvement project.
  • With a local forester, take part in or conduct a forest fire prevention program.
  • Make an exhibit on conservation for a county fair.
  • Develop a nature trail in a public park.
  • Assist a local forester in a tree insect- and disease-control or public education project.
  • Assist a local agency with a trout stream restoration project.
  • Participate in a wildlife or wildfowl count.
  • Conduct a rodent-control and public health education program under the guidance of the local health department or agency responsible for rodent control.

Conservation Good Turn Award requirements

The Conservation Good Turn Award application asks for the following information:

Name ________________________________________________________________________________________________
Unit type and no. ________________________________________________ Date _______________________
(pack, troop, team, crew, ship)

Participating agency/organization __________________________________________________________
Type of project __________________________________________________________________________________
Number of workers youth _________ adult _________ Total hours worked ___________
Unit leader’s name _____________________________________________________________________________
City ___________________________________ State _______________ Zip code__________________________

For council use: Certificate prepared __________________________________________________________________________
Certificate returned to unit leader _______________________________________________________
Project information recorded ______________________________________________________________

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  1. Effective December 31, 2017, BSA ended the Varsity Scouting program

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