Council Conservation

Mission Statement
"To Educate, Involve, and Energize Youth in Conservation through Scouting."

Conservation Events

The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum is offering online nature events over the next month, go give them look! Here

Each Wednesday from 9 a.m. to Noon, at its water reclamation plants, the MWRD will give away free potted saplings through its Restore the Canopy, Plant a Tree (RTC) program. The saplings are about 18 inches tall and are potted in the MWRD’s EQ Compost, a sustainable soil amendment recovered from the water reclamation process. The program kicks April 14, 2021 and ends in October. To learn more, visit or email

Conservation Resources 

If you looking to do an Eagle Project with the Cook County Forest Preserve please contact Joe Swano at

Outdoor Ethics

Outdoor ethics are a way to think about and act towards the environment. Things like the Outdoor Code, Leave No Trace, and Tread Lighty help scouts and scouters minimize their impact on the environment by giving basic guidelines while being active in the outdoors. To learn more click the links below

Outdoor Code
Leave No Trace
Tread Lightly!
Outdoor Ethics Events and Training

Conservation Award

The BSA Distinguished Conservation Service Award

Projects fall into these 8 categories;
Air and Water Pollution Control | Fish and Wildlife Management
Soil and Water Conservation | Resource Recovery (Recycling)
Forestry and Range Management | Energy Conservation
Hazardous Materials and Waste Disposal | Invasive Species Control

Do you know a Scout  that likes to have fun doing Scout service or is thinking about an Eagle project in the outdoors?  If so, you can have the Scout  work on earning the BSA Distinguished Conservation Service Award!

The PTAC Conservation Committee is responsible for promotion, review, and coordination of all Scout-based conservation projects and programs within the Council. Coming Soon!

If you are interested  or know a Scout who is interested in working on a project such as this, or you are interested in supporting this program, please contact the Conservation Committee Chairman, Wayne Schimpff or you can call him at 773-406-9396.

For more information about this award, you can find it at the BSA National website .

                                                   For the work book see BSA Distinguished Conservation Service Award Work Book


50th Anniversary Environmental Protection Agency Award

Program Term – January 1 to December 31, 2021

The Environmental Protection Agency, as part of a public awareness campaign to celebrate its first 50 years, has partnered with the Boy Scouts of America to create an award for members of troops, crews and ships. This new award will recognize youth who research and learn about the subjects of human health and the environment, as the EPA develops its vision for the next 50 years. Members must earn the Public Health merit badge and three additional merit badges from selected categories.  Finally, they must participate in an environmental/public health community service project as part of an approved Scouting program.

EPA Award Application

World Conservation Award

To encourage all youth members to think globally and act locally to preserve and improve our environment. Involves advancement and project work. To see what your scout needs to earn please click on the link below

Cub Scout: World Conservation Award

Scouts BSA: World Conservation Award

Venturers and Sea Scouts: World Conservation Award



Conservation Good Turn

This award encourage packs, troops and crews to join with conservation or environmental organization (federal, state, local or private) tocarry out a Conservation Good Turn in their home  communities.

Conservation Good Turn


Outdoor Ethics Awareness Awards and Outdoor Ethics Action Award

Scouts interested in learning more about outdoor ethics and Leave No Trace may earn the Outdoor Ethics Awareness Award. The outdoor Ethics Action Award asks Scouts to use their new knowledge to take steps to use their new knowledge to take steps to improve their outdoor skills. For more info on how to earn the awards please follow the links below.

Scouts BSA: Outdoor Ethics Awards

Venturers and Sea Scouts: Outdoor Ethics Awards



National Outdoor Award-Conservation Segment

When a Scout excels in outdoor participation, there are awards to show for it! Among one of the  six segment a Scouter can earn is the Conservation for completing certain merit badges and complete 25 hours of conservation work among a couple of other requirements. For info please follow the link below.

National Outdoor Award Requirements

National Outdoor Awards Conservation | Boy Scouts of America 

Cub Scout Outdoor Activity Award

Tiger through Webelos Cub Scouts can earn the Cub Scout Outdoor Activity Award in each of the program years, as long as the requirements are completed each year. The first time the award is earned, the Cub Scout will receive the pocket flap award, which is to be worn on the right pocket flap of the uniform shirt.

Each successive time the award is earned, a Wolf Track pin may be added to the flap. Leaders should encourage Cub Scouts to build on skills and experiences from previous years when working on the award for a successive year.   

Cub Scout Outdoor Activity Award Form