Conservation Good Turn Award

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Conservation Good Turn Award

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Level:Cub Scouts and packs, Scouts and troops,
Venturerss and crews, Sea Scouts and ships,
and Scouters[1][2]

The Conservation Good Turn Award is an opportunity for Cub Scout packs, Scout troops, Venturing crews, and Sea Scout ships to join with conservation or environmental organizations (federal, state, local, or private) to carry out a conservation Good Turn in their home communities.

  • The Scouting unit contacts a conservation agency and offers to carry out a Good Turn project.
  • The agency identifies a worthwhile and needed project that the unit can accomplish.
  • Working together in the local community, the unit and the agency plan the details and establish the date, time, and location for carrying out the project.

Conservation projects should involve the entire unit - scouts, leaders, and family members. Scouts participating in the Conservation Good Turn may be able to meet some advancement requirements.

A Conservation Good Turn certificate is available at the council service center for units that participate and report on their efforts (see Conservation Good Turn Certificate Application, No. 21-386 Adobe Acrobat PDF). A Conservation Good Turn patch is also available for purchase at the local Scout Shop or online at to recognize individual youth and adult members who participate in a meaningful conservation project.


Conservation Good Turn Award requirements


(Submit application to the council service center.)

Name: _______________________________________________________________________________
Unit type and no. _____________________________________ Date _____________________________
                                     (Pack, Troop, Crew, Ship)
Participating agency/organization __________________________________________________________
Type of project _________________________________________________________________________
Number of workers youth ______________ adult ______________ Total hours worked ________________
Unit leader’s name ______________________________________________________________________
City ____________________________________ State __________ Zip code_______________________
For council use: Certificate prepared ________________________________________________________
Certificate returned to unit leader ___________________________________________________________
Project information recorded _______________________________________________________________

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Participating agencies

Many federal agencies are resources for the BSA’s Conservation Good Turn award. These agencies include:

  • U.S. Department of Agriculture
    • Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service
    • Forest Service
    • Natural Resources Conservation Service (formerly the Soil Conservation Service)
  • Department of the Interior
    • Bureau of Indian Affairs
    • Bureau of Land Management
    • Bureau of Reclamation
    • Fish and Wildlife Service
    • Geological Survey
    • National Park Service
  • U.S. Department of Commerce
    • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Other national non-governmental organizations may have resources. These include:

  • Audubon Society
  • Izaak Walton League
  • Trout Unlimited

Project Ideas

Conservation and environmental agencies typically have a backlog of needed projects that they have been unable to carry out for lack of funding or volunteers. The list of possible Good Turn projects is limited only by the needs of the agency and the willingness of the Scouting unit. In every community, whether urban, suburban, or rural, worthwhile projects await all Scouting units.

Cub Scouts and Webelos Scouts

Cub Scouting conservation projects could involve the entire Cub Scout pack, or one den, plus adult leaders and family members. Hands-on projects help Cub Scouts and Webelos Scouts realize that everyone can do things to care for the environment. Cub Scouts and Webelos Scouts participating in the Conservation Good Turn can also meet some advancement requirements. Suggested projects include, but are not limited to

  • Plant grasses, trees, shrubs, and ground cover to stop soil erosion.
  • As a den or pack, adopt a park. Remove litter and garbage from a favorite neighborhood recreation area or park.
  • Organize or participate in a recycling program in your neighborhood, or visit a recycling center.
  • Arrange a natural resources awareness program. Invite natural resource professionals such as wildlife biologists, soil conservationists, foresters, or conservation officers to speak to your pack.
  • Participate in a beach or waterfront cleanup. Record the items collected and determine the possible harmful effects to wildlife. With youth participation, develop a plan to educate the public about the dangers posed to wildlife.
  • From a local, state, or national organization that is concerned about environmental protection, obtain suggestions for den and pack projects to improve the environment.
  • As a den or pack, visit a public utility to learn about the wise use of resources, and become involved in programs offered by utilities to help consumers conserve resources.
  • Contact the camp ranger or BSA local council property superintendent for information about camp needs and plans. Establish a nature trail, plant vegetation, or carry out other needed projects as requested by the camp ranger.

Scouts BSA, Venturers, and Sea Scouts

Scouts participating in the Conservation Good Turn can meet certain rank and merit badge requirements. Troops, crews and ships should consider advancement requirements when selecting projects to carry out. Suggested projects include, but are not limited to

  • Plant shrubs to provide food and cover for wildlife.
  • Build and set out bird and squirrel nesting boxes.
  • Conduct stream improvement projects to prevent erosion.
  • Plant grasses and legumes to provide ground cover in schoolyards, public parks, and recreation areas.
  • Plant tree seedlings as part of a managed forestry plan.
  • Help thin and prune woodlands in a managed tree improvement project.
  • With a local forester, take part in or conduct a forest fire prevention program.
  • Make an exhibit on conservation for a county fair.
  • Develop a nature trail in a public park.
  • Assist a local forester in a tree insect- and disease-control or public education project.
  • Conduct a stream, river or lakeside trash collection project.
  • Assist a local agency with a trout stream restoration project.
  • Participate in a wildlife or wildfowl count.
  • Conduct a rodent-control and public health education program under the guidance of the local health department or agency responsible for rodent control.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Previous overview and requirements for Conservation Good Turn award Adobe Acrobat PDF, April 20, 2007.
  2. Prior to the end of the Varsity Scouting program at the end of 2016, Varsity Scouts and teams were eligible to earn this award. Explorers and posts also were previously eligible to earn this award.

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