BSA has created updated version of the Troop Program features for Scouts BSA. The Nature and Environment program feature is available in digital format on the BSA website or can be purchased as a publication from you local Scout Shop.
The Nature and Environment theme focuses on plants, wildlife, and how we interact with nature. The program feature includes some general information and some more specific ideas for meetings:
- The environment necessary for plants, animals, and birds to thrive
- How birds help with pollination and indicate whether the environment has issues or is healthy
- The value of animals from domesticated to livestock to wildlife
- How plants are needed to support all of the variety of species on Earth and how they help clean our air
- How all living things exist together in a “Circle of Life”, both providing for each other and depending on each other
- How are actions impact the environment and the well being of all creatures on our planet
Suggested troop meeting ideas are grouped by essential, challenging, or advanced. Here are a few you can see in the guide.
- Learn how to identify birds (essential)
- Learn about binoculars and find out about Christmas bird counts (challenging)
- Practice using binoculars and discuss why bird counts are important (advanced)
- Learn about wild animals vs pets and livestock (essential)
- Learn how to deal with wild animals you might encounter on outings (challenging)
- Learn how to classify animals (advanced)
- Learn about edible wild plants (essential)
- Find out more about growing plants from seeds (challenging)
- Explore the science behind grafting plants (advanced)
- Find out about the food chain (essential)
- Learn about photosynthesis (challenging)
- Discuss evolution, the animal kingdoms, and the impact of people on the environment (advanced)
There are also several games suggested to keep things interesting at your troop meetings
- Name That Fish
- Bird Art Gallery
- Edible Plants Who’s Who
- Circle of Life Match Game
The plan even provides Scoutmaster’s minutes and ceremonies for meetings.
Then there is the “Main Event”. Once again, there are suggestions for essential, challenging, or advanced. Details and planning aids can be found in the online guide.
- Birding field trip (essential)
- Nature campout (challenging)
- Go into the field with a naturalist (advanced)
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