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.
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.
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!
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?