Forest Hike

Forestry Troop Program Feature for Boy Scouts

The Boy Scout Planning Guide suggests a Forestry Troop Program Feature for April 2013.  This program feature offers the opportunity to introduce natural resource management and conservation in a troop setting. A PLC can use this program feature to plan a month of activities with a focus on forestry.

The plans for the Forestry troop program feature can be found in  Volume 2 of Troop Program Features from BSA:

Every Scout should know the importance of all natural resources and of the interdependence of forest, range, soil, water, and wildlife.

Forestry Programs

Younger scouts can work on their early rank requirements, including hiking, nature, and cooking requirements.  Older scouts can earn the Nature Merit Badge, Camping Merit Badge,  or Forestry Merit Badge.  Some other related merit badges include  Mammal Study Merit Badge, Geology Merit BadgeFish and Wildlife Management Merit Badge, and Insect Study Merit Badge.

The featured activity for this month is a Leave No Trace campout. On this campout, Boy Scouts learn about Leave No Trace and practice low-impact camping. Experienced Scouts teach newer Scouts about camping methods which do not have a negative effect on the environment and leave the area the same or better than they found it.

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