Boy Scouts of America has made several contributions to environmental science, including hosting service projects to help keep local areas clean and offering the Hometown USA Award. There are also several individuals who made environmental science a career after a time with the organization. William Hornaday, Ernest Thompson Seton and Daniel Carter Beard contributed to environmental science and Scouting in various ways.Know More
Hornaday spent time as the chief taxidermist of the Smithsonian Institution and helped establish the National Zoological Garden in Washington in the late 1800s before becoming the head of the Bronx Zoo in New York. Hornaday was enshrined in the National Wildlife Federation Conservation Hall of Fame in 1971. He helped create the Environmental Science merit badge and wrote several articles for "Boys' Life" in the 1920s.
The Environmental Science merit badge is one of the requirements to earn the Eagle rank, Scouting's top rank for boys under the age of 18. One of the merit badge's requirements involves creating an environmental impact statement for an imaginary project. An optional portion of the merit badge revolves around studying two projects designed to improve the habitat for threatened species of plants or animals.
In 2013 three of the most common types of service projects involved litter cleanup, community beautification and conservation efforts. The Hometown USA Award is a joint project between the Boy Scouts of America and Keep America Beautiful that rewards Boy Scouts for outstanding service to environmental improvements in Scouting communities.Learn more about Outdoor Adventure
Since the Boy Scouts of America was founded in 1911, Gerald Ford is the only president who has achieved the highest honor achievable within the organization. Ford was president from 1974 to 1977. Numerous presidents, however, have had involvement with the Boys Scout organization.Full Answer >
Girl Scouts in Italy began as early as 1912, according to the WAGGGs (World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts) official website. Though activities were suppressed during the 1920s, new life was breathed into the organization in 1945, when the Federazione Italiana Guide Esploratrici was formed, linking Girl Scouts and Girls Guides into one association.Full Answer >
The Boy Scout movement is an educational movement that began in England in 1908. According to the official Scout website, the purpose of the movement is to promote unity and the understanding of Scouting's purpose and principles.Full Answer >
Boy Scouts can earn merit badges in a wide variety of different activities, including American cultures, American heritage, backpacking, canoeing, cycling, first aid, game design, music, photography, programming, public speaking and sports. Scouts and parents can find a complete list of merit badges on the official Boy Scouts of America website, along with information on how to earn each badge.Full Answer >