SAVE OUR AMERICAN RESOURCES
The Longs Peak Council and Project SOAR
"Experiential Environmental Conservation Education"
- To encourage scouts of all ages to participate in Community or Conservation Projects.
- Encourage partnership within the Community, etc to construct meaningful long lasting and visual projects.
- Encourage scouts to learn about the endangered species.
- Encourage Scouts to earn the World Conservation Award
- Encourage Scouts to earn the William T. Hornaday Award
In order for Scouts and adult leaders to earn each year's SOAR patch they must complete a minimum of three (3) hours of conservation, environmental, or beautification service work. The Fort Robinson Tree Plant
is just one example of the many conservation projects Scouts can do in the council. Project work can also be done in their home communities and at the council's five camp properties. Local unit leaders should contact local conservation professionals at parks, forests, wildlife refuges and environmental centers to arrange for suitable projects. Local unit leaders are the approving entity for patch project completion for their Scouts.
The cost of the patch is $3.00, and each year's patch is first available at the Fort Robinson Tree Plant in the spring. After this event patches will be available at all Long Peak Council Scout Shops/Trading Posts and summer camp trading posts at Camp Laramie Peak and the Ben Delatour Scout Ranch.
Some of the funds earned from the sale of these patches will go to support conservation programs through the Longs Peak Council's "Conservation Grant Program". In addition, some of the funds are used to support the William T. Hornaday Conservation Award Scholarship awarded annually by the Council Conservation Committee to a Boy Scout or Venturer who has earned the William T. Hornaday Conservation Award.
Project SOAR for 2013
Selected for the Project SOAR species of emphasis for 2013 is the Lesser Prarie Chicken (Tympanuchus pallidicintus)
Additional Information can be found at this website:
- The Longs Peak Council has supported SOAR since 1980.
- Conservation Projects
- Over 600 SOAR projects have been done in the Council.
- See pictures from past projects and a list of project ideas.
- SOAR Patches
- Scouts earn individual award patches for doing conservation projects.
- Tree Planting
- Tree planting is a Council tradition.
- What good is a dead tree?
- Conservation Grants
- This program provides funding assistance for conservation projects, educational efforts, and research.
- Supported Programs
- Many programs have benefited from the funds raised by our SOAR program.
- Program Recognition
- Our SOAR Program has been recognized for its excellence.