2nd St. Albert Scout Group — All Sections
Dates: April 30
Time: 12pm – 4pm
Location: St. Albert Botanic Park
Good Turn Week provided youth with an opportunity to lean how they can give back to their community. This year, the 2nd St. Albert Scout Group is participating in Scouts Canada’s Good Turn Week by building and distributing handmade bee houses around St. Albert. This event begins on April 30th, 2017 from 12-4pm at the St. Albert Botanic Park, where they will be distributing the bee houses. With help and donations from Scouts Canada, RBC, St. Albert Canadian Tire, Wolverine Woodcraft, Spruceland Millworks and Hole’s Greenhouse, this event was made possible.
Native bee species play an important role in food production and in maintaining a healthy environment. The 2nd St. Albert Scout Group wants to help increase the native bee population by building and distributing bee houses around St. Albert. The increase in bees will create a long-lasting effect on the community by increasing plant diversity and our crop yield, creating an overall healthier environment. Over the years, the city of St. Albert has been trying to minimize the effects of urbanization by devoting over 900 hectares of land to parks and three protected natural areas within the city. While benefitting the bee population, this project will also align with the priorities of the city and will create a lasting positive impact on the environment.
The Group also hopes to educate the youth and the community about the benefits of installing bee houses on your property and the importance of protecting the habitats of native bees. The youth will be creating and handing out brochures to share with their community about everything they have learned while doing this project. The 2nd St. Albert hopes that more people will want to develop more positive initiatives to help increase bee populations, local crop yields and create a healthier environment for future generations.
To ensure that all youth are involved in this process, each section will be assigned a different task. The Scouts, Venturer Scouts and Rover Scouts will be responsible for researching and designing the bee houses. These older sections will also help the Cub Scouts prepare the materials for assembly. After all of the details are planned and all of the materials are prepared, the older sections will assist the Beaver Scouts in constructing the houses. The 2nd St. Albert Group will be constructing and distributing 300 bee houses around St. Albert. Through 2nd St. Albert Scout Group’s good turn, the community and the youth will learn and respect the delicate balance of nature and society.