Earth Scouts!

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 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.

Our 2024 classes start at the end of May in collaboration with the Kalmiopsis Community Arts High School, including: Wilderness First Aid, Food Safety, Biochar, Tool & Bicycle Repairs / Maintenance, Garden Tending, Livestock Care, Herbcraft, and Screen Printing!

We are constantly developing new programs, fundraising, and scheduling collaborations with other local organizations. Follow EarthScouts! on social media to stay up to date! See our accounts below.