Council Conservation Committee

Conservation Committee Email (linked) or mdscconservation@gmail.com

Conservation is woven throughout the fabric of Scouting and has been in our DNA since the BSA’s founding (linked) in 1910. Our early BSA leaders, James E. West (linked), Ernest T. Seton (Linked), and Daniel C. Beard (linked), along with President Theodore Roosevelt (linked), recognized the inherent value of conservation activities and made these core to the Scouting experience.

Contemporary conservation policies and practices have been developed and reinforced throughout the years, including a requirement that each council forms a conservation committee to assure that camps are managed in accordance with sound resource management principles. In addition, advancement activities and awards have been created to encourage Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Venturing to be grounded in the principles of conservation, helping them become well-rounded individuals and citizens.

The San Francisco Bay Area is the heart of the conservation/environmental movement and our resources are amazing. The movement toward outdoor ethic awareness is growing and touches all aspects of Scouting. Please consider joining our committee as it will not be possible to move forward with our conservation program without your talents.

MISSION STATEMENT

The council conservation committee provides the council with all available expertise regarding ecology, conservation, and resource management so as to guide policy making and operational decisions regarding the management of the council’s natural and cultural resources, promotion of conservation-related training, and advancement of conservation programs.

COUNCIL COMMITTEE

Please email (linked) us if you are interested in being on the council committee. No experience required just the willingness to make a difference.

Conservation Committee Chairman – Attends council meetings. Fill member positions. Work with the committee to develop a conservation plan.

Program

Co-Chairman Program – Develops a conservation program to involve the entire council membership.

PROMOTION

Communications – Reporting monthly news items to district and council newsletters. Working the council on printing items. Ordering brochures for events.

Special Projects – Responsible for handling any special conservation oriented projects or activities sponsored by the conservation committee or the council. Examples: L.E.A.D., Hornaday Weekend, Webeloree, Ordeal, and Advance Camp vendor table.

Scouter Awareness – Promotes the program to committees. Examples: Woodbadge, Eagle Boards, NYLT, OA, council, and district.

Conservation Summer Camp Representative- Responsible for supporting the Boy and Cub Scout council’s summer camp program, particularly its nature and environmental activities. Contact for all summer camp planners to promote outdoor ethic programs.

 

TRAINING

Outdoor Ethics Advocate – Responsible for promoting Outdoor Ethics, Leave No Trace, and Treadlightly within the council, Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Venturing, and Order of the Arrow.

Leave No Trace Master Trainer – Conduct training classes.

Treadlightly Master Trainer – Conduct training classes.

 

ADVANCEMENT  

Conservation Awards Advocate– Promote and manage council’s conservation awards program.

Scholarship Advocate – Create an educational scholarship program for conservation projects and the Hornaday Award.

Hornaday Award Chairman – Promote the award. Coordinate the Hornaday weekend.

Hornaday Advisors – Conservation advisor for the Hornaday candidates.

 

DISTRICT

District Conservation Committee (Representative) – Represents, tracks, and coordinates the district conservation program including awards, education, events, and service. Promotes conservation awareness at roundtable meetings.

District Conservation Committee (Cub Scout) – Responsible for district pack promotion of conservation awards, education, and service projects, including summer camp.

District Conservation Committee (Boy Scout) – Responsible for district troop promotion of conservation awards, education, and service projects, including summer camp.

District Conservation Committee (Venture) – Responsible for district crew promotion of conservation awards, education, and service projects, including summer camp.

District Conservation Committee (Order of the Arrow) – Responsible for working with the O.A. to mentor Arrowmen, so that they are able to lead district and council conservation events, roundtables, training, and service projects.

 

Camp Conservation Resources

Co- Chairman Camps – Establishes a plan for proper use of all lands. Work to fill positions.

Cultural Resources Contact – Inventory, recommend management, and interpret cultural resources located on council properties, these include archeological, historical, and other man made resources.

Forestry & Fire Management Contact – Inventory, recommend management, and supervise use of the forest resources present on council properties. Develop a fire management plan for those properties.

Hazard Tree Contact – Periodically identify and recommend measures to mitigate or eliminate hazard trees and other potential natural hazards to human use on council properties.

Non Timber Forest Products Contact – Identify potential non timber forest products present or possible on council properties and manage their development.

Soils & Geology Contact – Monitor and manage soil resources present on council properties and manage the geological resources present.

Trails & Campsite Management – Recommend management of the trails and campsites present on council properties.

Wildlife & Fisheries – Identify and recommend management of the wildlife and fisheries present on council properties.

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