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Conservation awards for your program

https://www.scouting.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/512-09821_EPAAward.pdf This year only, check out the link for the 50th anniversary EPA-BSA conservation award. While you are at it, look up the requirements for the new Distinguished Conservation Award. An Eagle Scout can also use his Eagle Project to meet part of the requirements.

Do the 6 hours of service have to be separate from hours used for advancement? And do they have to be hours worked on 1 project, or can it be multiple projects? We have youth who have done a waterway cleanup and a beach cleanup this year. Thank you.

That answer lies in the requirements posted above, the Guide to Advancement section dealing with service projects: https://www.scouting.org/resources/guide-to-advancement/mechanics-of-advancement/boy-and-varsity#4233, and the individual rank requirements from the Scouts BSA Handbook:
Advancement and Awards | Boy Scouts of America

Additional information can be found in Troop Leader Guidebooks vols 1 and 2 - available at the local Scout Shop or thru scoutshop.org. It’s also covered in Scoutmaster specific position training on my.scouting.org

Any scout that earns this award should also consider stepping it up a bit and working on the Distinguished Conservation Award. There are so many job opportunities in the whole area of Conservation, Environmental Sciences and related fields that a young person could do well to have pursued an interest via scouting that might prepare them for their life’s work.