Scouting, Volume 78, Number 3, March-April 1990 Page: 2
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MARCH 1 990
3 TIME TRAVELERS
ON THE VILLAGE
6 CAREER FILE:
SET YOUR SIGHTS
8 IT'S A THUMB'S
NOW FOR JULY'S
Cover photograph by Manny Rubio
Can You Help
The 1990 Census?
Count on It!
It's time to cel-
anniversary of the U.S. Census—and you're a
vital part of it.
April 1, 1990, has been officially desig-
nated as the 21st national "Census Day" in
U.S. history. During the two weeks preceding
that day, the Census Bureau of the Depart-
ment of Commerce will attempt to account for
every man, woman, and child in every house-
hold in the nation.
It will be the largest and most complex cen-
sus ever undertaken. All told, 565,000 work-
ers, including more than 300,000 census
takers and support personnel, will tackle the
monumental task of counting and profiling
250 million Americans and the 106 million
housing units in which they live.
Here are ways you can assist in making the
census a success:
• Volunteer to serve as the designated "fam-
ily census taker" for your household and to
be responsible for completing and mailing in
• Conduct a telephone campaign with other
Explorers to urge neighbors to fill out and
mail back their census forms.
• Produce and display posters or distribute
handbills emphasizing the importance of
participating in the census.
• Encourage your principal or other school
officials to utilize the special Census Educa-
tion Project materials available from the Cen-
The census has been conducted every 10
years since 1790, and the information it re-
veals affects every last one of us in a multi-
tude of ways.
The Census population figures determine,
for example, how many members your state
is entitled to have in the U.S. House of Repre-
sentatives and are an all-important tool in
establishing state and local election districts.
They are also used as the basis for allocating
billions of dollars in state and federal funds
to city and county governments.
So for the sake of your community, your
state, your nation, and yourself, it's essential
that you and everyone you know be included
in the census.
Celebrate Earth Day
With Explorer Post
On April 22,
of the greatest
outpourings of public concern in its history.
On that date, more than 20 million citizens
turned out to demonstrate their support for
the nation's first Earth Day.
But now, as the 20th anniversary of Earth
Day approaches, the world faces a new wave
of even more serious environmental threats,
warns U.S. Environmental Protection Agen-
cy (EPA) Administrator William K. Reilly.
These include acid rain, global warming,
habitat destruction, and stratospheric ozone
Consequently, the EPA and a host of pri-
vate groups and other government agencies
are organizing an even larger, more ambi-
tious observance than the one 20 years
ago—Earth Day 1990.
Explorers can get involved in Earth Day
1990 activities by:
• Organizing clean-ups of parks, beaches,
empty lots, neighborhood streets and alleys.
Sort the collected material by recyclable cat-
egories and educate clean-up participants on
• Encouraging your local government to ex-
pand its current recycling program or to act
responsibly by starting one.
• Sponsoring special events at worksites or
other gathering places to promote recycling,
carpooling, and the use of mass transporta-
• Sponsoring poster, essay, and photogra-
• Conducting educational tours of environ-
mentally important or threatened local areas,
sewage treatment plants, and energy-effi-
• Organizing tree plantings and helping to
ensure that your trees survive,
• Constructing or repairing trails, picnic ta-
bles, signs, interpretive exhibits, and other
amenities to encourage the use and appreci-
ation of the environment.
For more information on how to become a
part of Earth Day 1990, call or write the EPA
regional office nearest you, or contact: Earth
Day 1990, P.O. Box AA, Stanford University,
Calif. 94305, (415) 321-1990. H
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