SFI, with help from forest sector volunteers, joined the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) 2023 National Jamboree in Summit Bechtel Reserve (an SFI-certified property) near Beckley, West Virginia, from July 19th to the 28th.

The National Jamboree gathers over 15,000 Scouts from across the US to camp and participate in a multitude of outdoor activities and learning experiences. The National Jamboree, BSA’s premier event, is held about every four years for young people ages 12-18.

The SFI exhibitor’s booth featured discussions of Sustainability Merit Badge requirements related to Climate Change, Species Decline, and the ever-popular Project Learning Tree (PLT) Green Jobs Quiz. The SFI booth was one stop on the Jamboree “Conservation Trail,” which also featured exhibits hosted by the USDA Forest Service, National Park Service, West Virginia Division of Forestry, Society of American Foresters, and others.

The SFI booth was visited by over 3,300 Scouts who gained knowledge of how sustainably managed forests help protect against climate change and forest species decline and explored potential career opportunities based on their personality traits from the green career quizzes. Scouts were enthusiastic participants and very engaged in the learnings.

For more information, please contact Gordy Mouw at Gordy.Mouw@forests.org.


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