Juneau, Alaska, resident Bruce Weyhrauch is an Eagle Scout who has been involved with the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) as a volunteer for more than five decades. Bruce Weyhrauch has served as both a Cubmaster, den leader, member of the Southeast Council Executive Board, a Citizenship merit badge counselor, and now as the charter representative of Chapel by the Lake to a Boy Scout troop and a Cub Scout pack.
Conservation constitutes a primary platform for one of the elements of the BSA’s outdoor program, environmental conservation. Through scouting, local scout organizations may contact a conservation agency, such as the United States Forest Service or Fish and Wildlife Service, or state conservation agencies, such as the Department of Fish and Game, which help identify conservation service projects in the local community.
Once a project has been agreed upon, the scouting group and agency work together to plan details to ensure that the conservation program is executed smoothly and appropriately managed.
Because many conservation agencies have a major backlog of projects, scouting groups can ease that burden while making a major impact on the community by agreeing to take on one of these initiatives. Projects could include planting grass to prevent erosion, organizing a neighborhood recycling program, or creating a natural resources awareness program.