Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Girl Scouts – Oh My!

Posted on: June 17th, 2016 by Caroline Stupple

Watershed Educator, Caroline Stupple, demonstrating the floodplain model to Roundout Valley Scout Camporee attendees June 11, 2016. Photo by Matt Savatgy

 

Roundout Valley held their annual Scout Camporee and the Ashokan Watershed Stream Management Program (AWSMP) was asked to present alongside many other amazing educators and their displays. The Camporee started off with a grand scout flag raising ceremony followed by about 300 scouts making rounds to all the displays set before them. Among the exciting exhibits, just to name just a few, were Betty Boomer with a variety of pond macroinvertebrates, amphibians, and reptiles for the scouts to explore and Wild Mountain Birds wildlife rehabilitators with a rehabilitated birds display.

AWSMP set up an interactive floodplain model to educate participants about the importance of watersheds, specifically as it relates to development, stormwater run-off, and floodplain management. These concepts are complex in nature and have long histories entwined in both science and policy, making the content tough to present in an approachable manner. The floodplain model, however, provides a manipulatable visual that makes those very concepts more accessible to kids and adults alike. The educational content, disguised in a fun hands-on, water-based activity, drew scouts and general campground attendees back to the table multiple times. Kids who had seen the display once or twice earlier in the day returned and were excited to explain the impacts of the different manipulations to the new crowd. Turning students into educators is what we love to see!

Despite down pouring rain, thunder, and cooler temperatures the event was a smashing hit and we look forward to future collaborations!

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