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Forest Conservation Award for Boy and Girl Scouts

The purpose of the Forest Conservation Award program is to make scouts more aware of the many benefits our forests provide and to give them an opportunity to learn more about forests as valuable natural resources.

This program recognizes both boy and girl scouts in Pennsylvania for their outstanding efforts in completing merit badges, patches, and projects associated with our natural resources.

Upon completion of the outlined requirements, scouts receive a certificate and a multicolored shoulder patch.

Boy Scouts Award Application Information

To qualify for the award, a boy scout must earn the forestry merit badge and any two of the following forestry-related merit badges:

  • Nature
  • Woodwork
  • Wilderness Survival
  • Environmental Science
  • Pulp and Paper
  • Orienteering
  • Soil and Water Conservation
  • Insect Study
  • Botany
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Plant Science
  • Weather

To apply, please fully fill out the Boy Scouts Forest Conservation Award Application.

Each council produces its own application. To expedite the processing of the applications, the following items must be included on the application:

  • Name of scout printed neatly or typed.
  • Complete address of where the troop meets.
  • Time and day of week they meet.
  • Scoutmaster's name, home phone number, and mailing address.
  • Completion date of the forestry merit badge and the names and completion dates of any two of the appropriate merit badges.
  • IMPORTANT: Council approval. We like to communicate with the council rather than the individual troops. We will not approve an application that is not confirmed by the council.

Girl Scouts Award Application Information

To qualify for the award, a cadet/senior girl scout must complete the following:

  • Complete the Legacy Naturalist Badge, according to your grade level:
      • Brownie: Bugs
      • Junior: Flowers
      • Cadette: Trees
      • Senior: Sky
      • Ambassador: Water
  • Complete the Adventure Skill Builder Badge, according to your grade level:
      • Brownie: Letterboxer
      • Junior: Geocacher
      • Cadette: Night Owl
      • Senior: Traveler
      • Ambassador: N/A
  • Complete the It’s Your Planet -- Love It! Journey, according to your grade level:
      • Brownie: WOW (Wonders of Water)
      • Junior: Get Moving!
      • Cadette: Breathe
      • Senior: Sow What?
      • Ambassador: Justice

For your reference, the levels and associated grades are:

  • Brownie: Grades 2-3
  • Junior: Grades 4-5
  • Cadette: Grades 6-8
  • Senior: Grades 9-10
  • Ambassador: Grades 11-12

When the girl scout has completed the requirements for the award, the leader should send the application to the Girl Scout Council for verification.

To apply, please fully fill out the Girl Scouts Forest Conservation Award Application.

To expedite the processing of the applications, the following items must be included:

  • Name of Girl Scout printed neatly or typed.
  • The badges completed (with completion dates listed) that qualify her for the award.
  • Complete address of the troop meeting place.
  • Time and day of the week that the troop meets.
  • Troop leader's name, home phone number, and mailing address.
  • Name and complete address of council.
  • IMPORTANT: Council member's signature or initials are required, as well as the date that the application was approved.

Applying for and Receiving the Award

The council should forward the application to:

DCNR -- Bureau of Forestry Communications Section
P.O. Box 8552
Harrisburg, PA 17105-8552

Upon approval of the application, the patch and certificate will be sent to the troop leader for presentation of the Conservation Award.