Earth Scouts! Program
COVID-19 and social distancing restrictions have challenged our organization’s ability to host educational events & safely connect with our community, leaving teachers, volunteers, and students isolated. More than half of the people we serve live in under-resourced and rural areas throughout Southern Oregon where poor internet access has plighted many from accessing virtual gatherings and educational materials. Many of the young people in our community are also struggling with mental and physical health during the pandemic with the decrease in human connection. As substance abuse and suicide rates double, we see a great need to uplift our valley’s youth.
Our new Earth Scouts! program, inspired by our late Board Member, Scout, will provide a safe outdoor educational experience specifically for teens and adults to heal from isolation and industrial culture. Through deepening relationships with themselves, each other, and the living earth, participants will build self confidence and trust in themselves and peers as they develop outdoor and rural living skills that they can depend on in uncertain times. Scout embodied what a community needed, and her compassion, humanity, and wilderness experiences are driving forces of this program.
Throughout the Earth Scouts! Program, participants will earn badges that represent their new skills and will be encouraged to share those skills with the community. We are taking inspiration and direction from Permaculture PEP + SKIP Badge Certification Programs. To empower participants and promote program sustainability, Earth Scouts! graduates will serve as mentors for others in the program.
Examples of future classes that will be offered include but are not limited to:
Health & Wellness: Herbal Remedies, First-Aid, Energy Work, & Death-Care
Food: Wild-crafting, Foraging, Growing, Cooking, & Preservation Methods
Homesteading: Animal Husbandry, Off-Grid Energy, & Natural Building
Survival Skills: Friction Fire, Shelter Building, Navigation, & Tracking
Social Skills: Nonviolent Communication, Social Permaculture, & DEI
Crafts: Pottery, Basketry, Cordage, Soapmaking, Hide Tanning, & Music