Camping : Conservation Committee
So - you want your scouts involved with protecting, preserving and improving our local New York City environment..
THEN WELCOME ABOARD !
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 council-wide 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.
Eco Resources NYC
Click any of the links below to download a file.
THE OUTDOOR CREED
I believe in the wonder of the out-of-doors,
In the inspiration of the stars
And in the allurements of life in the open.
I believe in the strength of the hills,
In the silence of the night,
And in the music of the birds in the trees.
I believe also that my body was made for action,
That my mind was made for thinking,
And that my heart was made for loving
In unison with the life of nature.
I believe that to laugh and to sing,
To swim and to walk, to study and play,
To eat and be happy, to be kind and free,
To grow strong and good is my God-given right.
I believe, too, that to be happy I must be good,
That to be worthy I must be kind,
That to be loved, I must think love.
I believe that God is as near as man,
That I can hear Him in the brooks and the pines,
And that happiness and lasting peace are mine,
As I live in the atmosphere of kindness,
So near me in the life of the open road.
- Rudolph Carl Stroll
CONSERVATION RESOURCE LINKS
WOODS OF WISDOM WEBSITE ( A GREAT SOURCE OF INFORMATION)
CUB SCOUT OUTDOOR PROGRAM GUIDELINES (PRODUCED ANNUALLY BUT DIFFICULT TO FIND)
WORLD CONSERVATION AWARDS:
LEAVE NO TRACE:
CONSERVATION BSA (THIS SITE IS OUT OF TEXAS, BUT MAN DOES JIM AND HIS COLLEGUES DO A GREAT JOB.)
The GNYC conservation committee is:
Shawn Spencer, Founders District - Co-Chairman
Tom Hurtubise, Founders District - Co-Chairman
Dan Sullivan, GNYC Staff Advisor
Deborah Caviness, Tomahawk District
John Harrington, Pathfinder District
Sokrates Galitsis, Founders District
Henry Gold, Pathfinder District
Mike Pezzella, Founders District
Deborah Porter, Tomahawk District
Roy Rosenthal, Pathfinder District
Steve Velky, Pathfinder District