In order for Scouts and adult leaders to earn each year's SOAR patch they must complete a minimum of three (3) hours of conservation, environmental, or beautification service work. The Fort Robinson Tree Plant is just one example of the many conservation projects Scouts can do in the council. Project work can also be done in their home communities and at the council's five camp properties. Local unit leaders should contact local conservation professionals at parks, forests, wildlife refuges and environmental centers to arrange for suitable projects. Local unit leaders are the approving entity for patch project completion for their Scouts.
The cost of the patch is $3.00, and each year's patch is first available at the Fort Robinson Tree Plant in the spring. After this event patches will be available at all Long Peak Council Scout Shops/Trading Posts and summer camp trading posts at Camp Laramie Peak and the Ben Delatour Scout Ranch.
Some of the funds earned from the sale of these patches will go to support conservation programs through the Longs Peak Council's "Conservation Grant Program". In addition, some of the funds are used to support the William T. Hornaday Conservation Award Scholarship awarded annually by the Council Conservation Committee to a Boy Scout or Venturer who has earned the William T. Hornaday Conservation Award.
Project SOAR for 2015
The Project SOAR species of emphasis for 2015 is the Ladder-Backed Woodpecker..