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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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