Recognizing Scouts Canada’s commitment to the environment during National Youth Week

Scout Tree Planting at the Halton Waste Management Site

Members of Scouts Canada plant trees at the Halton Waste Management Site. (From left to right: Marcus Schattauer (10), Zachary Lawrence (8), Scouter Ed Lawrence, and Noah Rutka (9).

May 1-7 marks National Youth Week, which is dedicated to youth and their active participation in the community.

Scouts Canada is an organization that encourages youth of all ages to get out and make a positive impact. In Halton, Scouts Canada is extremely active, with youth learning about, and participating in, many programs that make our community and environment better.

On Saturday, April 28, 2012, Scouts Canada, Conservation Halton and Halton Region joined forces to enhance the environment at the Halton Waste Management Site in Milton,Ontario.

The Site needed a little “sprucing” up, and the youth ranging from Beavers (ages 5-7), Cubs (ages 8-10), Scouts (ages 11-13), Venturers (ages 14-16) and Rovers (ages 16-26) were up for the challenge.

Cubs Recycling Badge

A group of Burlington Area Scouts, and their leaders and families planted 250 trees in celebration of Earth Day and Arbor Day. This annual program started in 2000 and has contributed to the planting of over 1,500 native trees throughout Halton, with 920 of them planted at the Halton Waste Management Site alone. This program demonstrates the willingness of the youth in Halton to become more environmentally responsible. It helps promote proper landfill management at the Halton Waste Management Site too!

7th Milton Beavers (Colony A) take part in a waste diversion workshop led by Halton Region staff

7th Milton Beavers (Colony A) take part in a waste diversion workshop led by Halton Region staff.

Halton Region actively supports Beavers and Cubs as they learn about how to conserve resources and protect the environment. Halton staff deliver workshops to Beaver colonies and Cub packs and troops that help youth have a better understanding of how recycling and composting makes a difference.  For Cubs, these workshops help complete the requirements for their Recycling badge, which supports achieving their Black Star badge.

Another great example of environmental responsibility in youth takes place at Blue Springs Scout Reserve. Many people don’t know that Scouts Canada operates a four-season camp in the Nassagaweya area of north Halton. Blue Springs Scout Reserve is approximately 200 acres in size, and in 2005 the World Scouting Organization recognized Blue Springs as a Scout Centre of Excellence for Nature and the Environment (SCENE) — the first camp in Canada to receive this designation.

“Since 2007, Blue Springs has had a “no garbage” policy,” said Camp Ranger Paul Garofolo.  “All campers are required to take home any non-recyclable or non-compostable items.  That’s 15,000 campers each year bringing home their garbage, which saves the camp considerable costs in private garbage collection.  It also reminds campers about what materials they could pack instead that would reduce their garbage.”

So whether you’re planting a tree, or being conscientious of your waste while camping, we can all learn a lot from the Scouts as it is the many small actions that together create a positive impact on the environment.

How are youth making a positive impact in your community?

About Allison Tyldesley

Hi I’m Allison and I am the Landfill Technician at the Halton Waste Management Site. I provide technical and administrative support services for the solid waste operations at the landfill. My motto: The sky is the limit!
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4 Responses to Recognizing Scouts Canada’s commitment to the environment during National Youth Week

  1. Joanne Leung, Beaver Leader says:

    Every Beaver promises to love God and help take care of the world. Scouting teaches the value of service to others and our mission states that we want to help create a better world. The Scouting movement is involved in many environmental projects such as Scout Trees, this year we planted 4000 trees at the Acton Quarry. We try to practise No Trace Camping which minimizes our effect on the environment.

  2. Bob Collison, Scoutrees Event Coordinator, Scouts Canada Central Escarpment Council - Burlington Area says:

    Scouting has always had a saying ‘Leave No Trace’ which means whatever you do, leave the area in as good or better condition that you found it. Don’t leave anything but something better behind when you leave. Part of the Beaver Scout (5 – 7 year olds) promise is to “Help take care of the world.” A couple of other environmental activities include garbage clean-up events and assisting with the Gypsy Moth eradication program in Burlington.

    Scouting offers a multitude of opportunities for learning at a very reasonable cost. The most important consideration is that Scouting teaches “Life Skills” that are used throughout a person’s life. Not just tying knots for instance but much of Scouting is built around team work. Registration for a full year is less than $200.00. Most events (Camps, etc.) are very reasonable $25.00 or less. Scouting has a program called No One Left Behind (NOLB) where subsidies are provide to those who cannot afford the cost of annual or event registration. Scouting has always been open equally to both sexes at both the adult and child levels, is non denominational and spans all nationalities. It is the largest youth organization in Canada and around the world.

    The partnering over the last 20 years or so between Scouts Canada, Halton Region Waste Management Services and Conservation Halton has been a great benefit to all. It provides an opportunity for not only Scouting but parents, siblings and the staff of each of the organizations to interact. I hope that we can continue this event for years to come.

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