Programs and Awards

Programs and Awards

Conservation and Scouting

The conservation program emphasis is designed to incorporate throughout the Scouting program and activities an awareness and understanding of conservation as wise and intelligent management of natural resources. The development of good citizens is one of Scouting's aims, and citizens need to practice sound environmental living and conservation of natural resources. There is need for an extended program that will encourage young people to

• Look at the entire process of resource use

• Analyze how actions and judgments often create problems

• Understand decision-making processes related to the environment

• Seek out commonsense methods that can be applied at home, in the community, in the state, and in the nation

• Help improve the quality of life

This emphasis is directed toward making all those active in Scouting-youth, adult members, and their families-aware of their responsibility for the future. There is an increasing awareness that Scouting members and other individuals are an integral part of their environment and that their action or inaction affects the quality of life throughout this nation and the world. Personal experience teaches the most lasting lessons. The conservation program emphasis has been developed to create a positive commitment to improving the environment and conserving natural resources through firsthand experiences and “learning by doing.”

To learn more about the individual awards and programs, please click on the corresponding links below.


  Name of Award Description of Award
  Leave No Trace

Leave No Trace is a plan that helps people to be more concerned about their environment and to help them protect it for future generations. Leave No Trace applies in a backyard or local park (frontcountry) as much as it does in the wilderness (backcountry).

  Hornaday Awards

Think of It as an Olympic Medal Bestowed by the Earth.

  Conservation Good Turn Award

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

  World Conservation Award The World Conservation Award provides an opportunity for individual  Boy Scouts, Varsity Scouts, and Venturers to "think globally" and "act locally" to preserve and improve our environment. This program is designed to make youth members aware that all nations are closely related through natural resources and that we are interdependent with our world environment.
  Adopt A Campsite A great way to improve the environmental health of the campsites at Powhatan and Ottari
  High Knoll Trailmaster

Build a trail, leave a legacy. The trailmaster corps is responsible for maintaining over 50 miles of trail on the Blue Ridge Mountains Scout Reservation.  Bringing your unit out is an excellent opportunity to earn service hours, learn about trail tools, and to venture into parts of the Reservation that most campers never see.  The conservation committee organizes a trail construction day each Spring, but units are encouraged to contact Dan Brown or Dave Foster dfoster342@aol.comto organize trail projects at any time of the year. 

Award Request Form- click HERE

Participant Cards- click HERE

  Caretaker of the Wild Program An award designed by the Blue Ridge Mountains Council to encourage scouts to make conservation an integral part of their scouting experience.