Scouting and Nature

For anyone involved in Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Brownies and Girl Scouts who'd like to share ideas on how to get kids outdoors, and help them to WANT to be outdoors.

Location: Newell, North Carolina
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Latest Activity: Oct 8, 2014

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Summer camp is coming up

My 16-year-old son and I are starting to focus on summer camp. Scout summer camp might seem like "pretend"…Continue

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Started by Bernard Adelsberger May 8, 2014.

How did your 2012 Let's G.O. (Get Outside) event go?!

We're so excited to hear about your April events! Please join the Let's G.O.! (Get Outside) group and post your stories and photos.Haven't heard of Let's G.O.! yet? It's not too late!Everyone can…Continue

Started by Daniella (Donna) Drader Apr 17, 2012.

New Girl Scout Badges 4 Replies

Does anyone else feel like they are trying to get away from a lot of the outdoor badges ?  The majority were eliminated in an effort to promote Girl Scouting as a more "tech savvy" organization.  Now…Continue

Started by Liz Selby. Last reply by maggie v spitler Apr 11, 2012.

Scouting and Earth Scouts 2 Replies

Hi Steve My name is Dawn and I am the admin of the new…Continue

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Started by Dawn Gracewind. Last reply by Dawn Gracewind Dec 21, 2010.

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Comment by Steve Miller on October 12, 2010 at 2:11pm
Charlotte REI — Leave No Trace Training Program

* Date: 11/3/2010
* Event Location: Charlotte REI
* Event Fee: Free

* Time: 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. (EDT)
* Instructor: Leave No Trace
* Group Size: 30

Description: Are you looking for a fun way to teach youth how to take care of the natural world? In this free training lead by Leave No Trace's Traveling Trainers you'll learn hands on methods for educating youth in environmental awareness and the Leave No Trace principles. PEAK (Promoting Environmental Awareness in Kids) is the result of a unique partnership between REI and the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics to educate children about the outdoors and responsible use of shared public lands. The PEAK program is an excellent, easy-to-use resource for educators and youth participants with limited time. The program is a great tool for troop leaders, teachers, naturalists and outdoor lovers. The PEAK pack can be rented for free at REI to teach your youth group about Leave No Trace. Snacks will be provided at this presentation.

14 spots available
Comment by Steve Miller on October 12, 2010 at 1:21pm
Thanks Suz! One of the reasons my wife and I chose the Pack we did was because of the amount of time they are outdoors. Last year all the members of my Den received the World Conservation Award, and this year we are working on Leave No Trace.

I can recall as a boy spending almost all my free time exploring woods, finding salamanders, crayfish and frogs. I remember hawks, baby owls and red tailed foxes running through my back yard, and it's just sooooo sad that my Scouts cant say the same thing!
Comment by Suz Lipman on October 12, 2010 at 9:26am
Hi Steve! I'm so glad you started this group. With so many members and programs and a great organization, scouts are a natural ally in the Children & Nature movement. I was a Girl Scout leader for 7 years. I hope we hear from a lot of people who are or have been involved in scouting in some way. Some of the fun outdoor activities our troop did included orienteering in a local park, camping overnights with campfires and box-oven cooking, beach and shore clean-ups, hikes, found-object bracelets, leaf prints, camping knots, and animal care.

Some of the kids loved spending time in nature and some had to be coaxed a little more. Even the reluctant ones, once they left their electronics behind and began an activity, began to see nature in a new way, to have a lot of fun with the group and observe nature's subtlety and wonder. I saw some pretty strong transformations.

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