Dartmouth Scouts Plant Positivity through Good Turns
1st Portland Estates Scout Group, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
By Lotus Chong
After a long frosty winter, spring is finally approaching and our little critters are also awaking! With those are our pollinators, playing a crucial role in our environment by pollinating native plants and crops. Unfortunately, there has been a drastic decline in the bee and butterfly population across the country, even listed as at-risk of extinction in some provinces. When the 1st Portland Estates Scout Group in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia heard about this issue, they decided to take it upon themselves to perform an act of kindness during this year’s Scouts Canada Good Turn Week on April 25 – May 3.
From Beaver Scouts to Venturer Scouts, the 1st Portland Estates Scout Group will be seeding trees and native flowers in the Portland Estates and Hills area, helping to improve the diminishing bee and monarch butterfly populations. On April 25, 2015, more than 50 Scouts of all ages will be taking the lead at Birches Park (Corner of Portland Hill Dr. & Portland Estates Blvd.), canvassing the 1100 homes, and inviting members of the neighbourhood to learn more about planting and repopulating bees and butterflies for their communal environment.
All individuals in the community are encouraged to take part by bringing home the 250+ plants to nurture over the next several weeks, so that they can become strong enough for implantation at Birches Park in early-June.
1st Portland Estates Scout Group and scouts from coast-to-coast are challenging all Canadians to perform a good deed during Good Turn Week; and by asking the recipient to pay it forward, a ripple of goodwill can be created. Share your Good Turns through social media such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, using the hashtag #GoodTurn. What will your Good Turn be?
Great things happen in communities across Canada when our members put their hearts and minds behind Good Turn Week. It starts with Scouts.