Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Educating Youth at Crooked River State Park

What gear should you bring on a day hike at Crooked River State Park to help you Leave No Trace?
Crooked River State Park, GA.  After spending a few glorious days backpacking along Cumberland Island National Seashore, Team East moved inland a few miles to Crooked River State Park for an evening of car camping, a nice hot shower (which was needed after hiking and playing in the sand for days), and a little time to regroup before our evening awareness workshop.
With so many bugs also enjoying the park that night, we decided to host the workshop inside the group shelter and spare everyone a few itchy bites.   More than 40 excited boy and girl scouts, along with their parents, came to the park to learn more about ways they can leave no trace when they are out with their scout troops.  The group learned a lot as we explored the seven principles of Leave No Trace through various activities including What Principle Am I? and How Long Does It Last?  from the PEAK Pack.  The PEAK Program, Promoting Environmental Awareness in Kids, is an ideal resource for scout leaders to use while educating their troops about Leave No Trace.  It allows the children to explore the ideas of leave no trace in a fun and interactive way.  Another great resource is the book 101 Ways to Teach Leave No Trace.  Check them out in the store!  

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