Conservation & Scouting in NYC


As a Council-wide Standing Committee, we are here:


1 – To serve as an information clearinghouse for conservation and environmental material useful to members and leaders  of Packs, Troops and Crews.

We share information through this Website and by supplying a reference library housed at the Education Building of the Queens Zoo. In addition we attend and teach at meetings, Pow Wows and training sessions. 

2 – To promote conservation projects by units to improve their community. 

We assist unit members & leaders with project ideas, contacts, and planning.We use this website to announce upcoming special events and local conservation efforts. We develop and maintain project & contact lists for available individual & unit-based projects. We can also help with project design, supplies and equipment. A Powerpoint presentation on the basics of Conservation Project Planning is also available.

3 – To promote earning the available environmental & conservation awards such as the “World Conservation Award”, The “Conservation Good Turn Award” and the William T. Hornaday Award to all units, patrols, dens and individuals.

 We provide all requirements, applications and descriptions for anyone undertaking any of the environmentally based awards 

4 – To promote the practice and adherence to the Outdoor Code, Environmental & Wilderness ethics and the principles of Leave No Trace.

 We accomplish this through special training sessions, district & council events and the content of this website

5 – To serve as the coordinating body for Council-wide environmental projects.

 We plan & coordinate the Annual Scouts in Parks Day, first held in 2003. We work with City, State & Federal sites throughout the five boroughs. We also aid the American Littoral Society with the International Shoreline Clean-up every September

6- To serve in an advisory role to the GNYC Camping Committee and assist Council run camps as needed with information, materials, project oversight etc.

 We assist with councilwide and camp specific projects, providing environmental guidance and helping to create and edit land management plans. 

            A manual has been developed (“A Guide to Conservation and Scouting in NYC”)to provide information on Conservation Awards, BSA Conservation Policy, Service Learning, Empowering Youth, the Outdoor Code, and much more.  Please feel free to contact any member of the committee for assistance, but please try to work through your district representatives at monthly District Roundtable meetings.