Scouting, Volume 42, Number 2, February 1954 Page: 8
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NATIONAL CONSERVATION GOOD TURN
The National Conservation Good Turn,
which will be launched on March 21, is one of
the most important activities ever undertaken by the
Boy Scouts of America. As President Eisenhower
pointed out in his letter: "The wise and judicious use
of our natural resources is of paramount concern to
all Americans. The Boy Scouts of America, as heirs to
the future, have much to lose or gain in the years
ahead, depending on how those natural resources are
There is a part in this project for every Scouter. As
the President said, concerted action is necessary to
arouse public recognition of need for adequate protec-
tion and wise management of our soil, water, mineral,
forest, grassland and wildlife resources. It should be
the objective of every Scouter to demonstrate by per-
formance his gratitude to the President for his con-
fidence in the ability of the Scout movement.
Outdoor Good Manners Crusade
As part of the kick-off event of the Good Turn, and
for the balance of the project, a crusade for better out-
door manners will be featured. When plans for the
Good Turn were being developed, advisors from all
sections of the country were consulted. Federal con-
servation agencies, industry, sportsmen's groups and
many others all agreed that this subject was a serious
national problem and one which the Boy Scouts of
America could help solve.
Basically the problem involves: littering roadsides,
parks, picnic areas, public campsites and other recrea-
tion areas with all sorts of rubbish and trash; deliberate
or careless vandalism in public areas such as state and
national parks and forests; carelessness leading to forest
and grass fires; discourtesy and disregard in the use
of private land when camping, fishing, or hunting; in
general, a serious lack of understanding on the part of
the American public of what constitutes good outdoor
One way in which the Boy Scouts of America proposes
to help solve this problem, as part of the National Con-
servation Good Turn, is through the publication and
proclamation of an Outdoor Code for Americans. This
Code is designed as a guide to behavior in the outdoors
and, if accepted by the American public, can do much
to improve the situation that exists.
It is in the promotion of this Code that members of
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project is a most
important one in
which YOUR HELP
is very necessary.
Council and District Committees, Unit Committeemen
and Commissioners, as well as Unit leaders, can play an
important part in the Conservation Good Turn.
Scouters themselves may take this Code to all adult
groups of which they are members, and promote its
acceptance by as many other adults as possible—church
clubs, civic clubs, service clubs, fraternal groups, sports-
men's clubs, farm groups, or other community organiza-
tions. Scouters whose place of business would be a
suitable spot for display of the Code can well help in
Another alternative is for Scouters to make available,
or see to it that time is made available, in such adult
group meetings for specially trained crews of Explorers
to make a presentation of the Code, and urge its ac-
ceptance by all members present. Scouters may also be
helpful in arranging newspaper, radio or television
coverage of the Outdoor Code as part of the National
Conservation Good Turn.
A third activity to which Scouters might give guidance
would be sponsorship of local reproduction of the Code,
or purchase of Code posters from the Council office for
distribution in the local community—through fishing
tackle stores, outdoor equipment stores, Chambers of
Commerce, gasoline stations, all those places where
tourists, sportsmen, campers and others may be reached
with the appeal to have a higher regard for the beauty
of our roadsides, waters, parks, and forests.
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