Since 2012, the Boy Scouts of America and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative Inc.® (SFI) have partnered through a signed memorandum of mutual support to promote sustainable forestry, environmental conservation and wise use of natural resources through education, community involvement and demonstration. The agreement recognizes certification of BSA-owned lands to the SFI Forest Management Standard and is part of SFI’s commitment to bringing youth outdoors to connect with nature, conservation and forests. Getting kids into forests and helping them learn about sustainability is good for forests and good for youth.
Project Learning Tree (PLT), an initiative of SFI, is an award-winning environmental education program designed for teachers and other educators, parents, and community leaders working with youth from preschool through grade 12. PLT recently collaborated with BSA to correlate PLT activities to eight Cub Scout Adventures and six Scouts BSA merit badges. These correlations provide Scout leaders with ideas and hands-on, outdoor activities to help support Scouts, ages 5 to 17, with youth development goals. They also help introduce Scouts to careers in the outdoors, including jobs in forestry and natural resources conservation. To learn more, click here.