Earth Scouts! Program
COVID-19 and social distancing restrictions 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 Earth Scouts! program formed in 2021 and inspired by our late Board Member Scout, provides a safe outdoor educational experience specifically for (pre)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.
We invite you to explore this life-changing opportunity to break free from societal distractions and pressures, improve physical and emotional wellness, connect with nature and community on a deeper level, and experience the freedom to align with one’s authentic self! Earth Scouts! is open to anyone 10 years or older living in or near the Illinois Valley of Southern Oregon. Currently we are in the process of program development, fundraising, and scheduling our upcoming 2022 Teen & Adult season. We are looking for teachers, participants, and volunteers who would like to be a part of this new program. To get involved, contact our Earth Scouts Coordinator, Shannon Long, at email@example.com.
Follow Earth Scouts! on social media to keep up to date! See our accounts below. For current 2022 schedule Teen & Adult classes, visit our Events Calendar.
We are launching our Earth Scouts! Outdoor Education Program for teens in the Illinois Valley starting Summer 2022! We are inviting up to 12 local students between the ages of 11 and 17. We are currently accepting sign-ups until all 12 spots are filled. Workshops will take place weekly from 12-4pm on Fridays at the Frog Farm, located at 9044 Takilma Road, exact dates and classes TBA. This is a series of 6 workshops spread out over several months. Each skillshare day is 4 hours long, making the series a total of 24 hours. Pricing is on a sliding scale depending on your financial need. We will be asking anywhere from $120-$480 for the entire series, or $20-$80 per workshop day. If the lowest tier of payment would be a financial hardship, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We do ask all participants to have an active SLC membership, which you can learn more about HERE. To sign yourself or your teen up for our program, download our program intake form HERE!
Fundraising & Volunteering: To make this program available to everyone in the Illinois Valley, we ask that participants give back by volunteering some hours for our fundraising events. Earth Scouts! operates on donations from the community, grants, and fundraisers such as IVCanDO Cans for Kids (recycling drive fundraising) Upcoming IVCanDO dates are: May 28, July 16, September 3, & November 12.(Gathering from 10 AM – 2 PM behind the Chevron and Coffee Haven in Cave Junction Oregon). Other volunteer opportunities may become available such as gardening and permaculture work, site improvement, sign painting, community service, environmental aid, cleaning & organizing, promotion, helping set up/break down for events, and more. Stay tuned by checking our webpage and social media.
Learn more about our Teen Program in our promotional video below with Teen Program Coordinator & Instructor Johanna Higgins ⟶