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Arbrescouts

Aidez les scouts à planter des arbres

Chaque printemps, depuis 1972, des milliers de scouts castors, de scouts louveteaux, de scouts, de scouts aventuriers et de scouts routiers plantent des arbres dans le cadre du programme Arbrescouts. Ce programme donne la possibilité à tous les membres de démontrer activement leur intérêt pour l’environnement. La plantation d’arbres permet aux jeunes d’en apprendre plus sur le rôle important que jouent les arbres dans notre vie, sur l’importance de les conserver, sur les répercussions majeures qu’ils ont sur les changements climatiques et sur la façon dont nous pouvons créer un monde meilleur et faire une différence.

En 1972, un petit arbre a été planté par Scouts Canada. Jetez maintenant un coup d’œil à notre forêt… nous avons planté plus de 80 millions d’arbres partout au Canada. Très peu d’organismes non gouvernementaux ont battu ce record.

Les membres scouts plantent des arbres dans des zones protégées, des parcs provinciaux, des terres publiques et dans les camps scouts. Dans le cadre de ce programme, les jeunes apprennent l’importance des arbres pour l’environnement. Les arbres plantés servent de brise-vent afin de réduire l’érosion du sol causé par le vent et la pluie. Ils servent également d’habitat naturel pour les oiseaux et les animaux, en plus d’embellir nos parcs et de nous faire de l’ombre lors des journées chaudes d’été.

Foire aux questions

Scoutrees should be considered an optional part of the Canadian Path program, but Sections should have it in mind when planning their spring adventures. A balanced program includes adventures for all of the Program Areas, and Scoutrees is a great Citizenship (or Environment & Outdoors) activity.

Scouters should allow senior youth (such as Venturer Scouts) to take the lead planning a Scoutrees event for their Group. Youth should be empowered to navigate all of the elements of this project, including identifying a planting site, sourcing trees and providing refreshments. Of course, Scouters should be prepared to offer advice, encouragement and support as necessary. Check out the Scoutrees Trail Card for more information.

 

The Canadian Path is a youth-led program. Scoutrees should be considered an optional part of The Canadian Path program, but Sections should have it in mind when planning their spring adventures. Whether or not a Section takes part in Scoutrees is up to the youth. A balanced program includes adventures for all of the Program Areas, and Scoutrees is a great Citizenship (or Environment & Outdoors) activity.

However, there are many other worthwhile environmental service projects (such as a shoreline cleanup) that Sections can consider in place of or in addition to a Scoutrees planting event. Scouters should do their best to ensure their Sections’ programs are both youth-led and balanced.

Absolutely! The Scoutrees program should never be a financial burden, so Groups are encouraged to fundraise in support of expenses related to participation in the program. If, however, a Group has an opportunity to plant trees with the help of a landowner or partner who will cover the expenses relating to Scoutrees, then there is no need to spend any time fundraising.

Both Scoutrees and Scout Popcorn are considered official Scouts Canada fundraisers. All Groups are encouraged to participate in both of these activities. While the Scout Popcorn campaign is exclusively a fundraiser, Scoutrees should be regarded first and foremost as an environmental service project; money raised in the name of Scoutrees should be used to cover the purchase of trees and any other related expenses. If Groups raise more money than is needed to cover the expenses relating to planting trees (and this is more often than not the case), then Groups should can use that money to support other great, safe Scouting adventures.

In the past, a portion of funds raised in the name of Scoutrees was contributed to the World Brotherhood Fund. Beginning in 2019, Groups will retain 100% of funds raised to support their Scoutrees planting events and other Scouting adventures. Scouts Canada will continue to operate the World Brotherhood Fund in support of international service projects.

Yes, donations in support of Scoutrees are welcome from businesses as well as individuals.

CRA regulations require that all pledges requiring tax receipts be processed through a Scouts Canada Service Centre. Please submit the total qualifying donations (payable to Scouts Canada), a computer-generated list of donors and the amounts of their donations (over $20) to your Scouts Canada Service Centre following your fundraising. In addition, please include copies of those cheques that qualify for tax receipts. If the donation was made by Electronic Fund Transfer (EFT), then a copy of the bank statement or donor letter (on official letterhead) must be included as evidence of the donation’s origin. Tax receipts cannot be issued if Scouts Canada does not have the funds in hand, but 100% of funds raised will be returned to your Group along with tax receipts. Charitable tax receipts are processed monthly by Scouts Canada Service Centres.

Please contact your Service Centre if you have any questions.

The number of trees you plant will depend on a few factors, including the number of participants, the age of participants, the size of the trees, the size of the planting site and the terrain. A Scoutrees planting event should only last a couple of hours; asking youth to plant trees for any longer will discourage them from taking part again next year. If dozens of Scouting youth replant a feral farm field with thousands of saplings, that should be considered a successful Scoutrees event. Likewise, if six Scouts plant six mature (and expensive) trees to shade a playground in the near future, that should also be considered a successful Scoutrees event.

There are no restrictions on where trees can be planted in the name of Scoutrees. While many Groups and Areas work with local municipalities to identify community parks that can benefit from having trees planted, it is also perfectly acceptable to plant on private land. Trees can benefit the environment just about anywhere they’re planted, and the social benefits of trees are not limited to public land.

Finding a site for planting trees shouldn’t be difficult, especially if your Group gives itself plenty of time (months, ideally) to figure it out. In keeping with the Youth-ledelement of The Canadian Path, Scouters should invite senior youth to brainstorm possible planting sites and reach out to the landowners or managers. This will often mean contacting the parks service of your local municipal government. Other possible places to plant include schoolyards, Scout camps, provincial parks and farms.

Expect to pay for saplings (or more mature trees) from the funds your Group collects in the name of Scoutrees. Trees can be purchased from local greenhouses (like The Greenhouse Academy in Thorndale, Ontario). If planting on private land, the landowner can be expected to supply the trees. Free trees may be available in some communities, depending on circumstances; for example, SaskPower offers free seedlings to not-for-profit agencies and service clubs in Saskatchewan (some restrictions apply).

There are a number of variables that determine the price of a tree, including the tree’s maturity at time of purchase, the species, the number of trees ordered and the supplier. Most Groups taking part in Scoutrees plant relatively inexpensive saplings (ideally native species from locally sourced seeds). The Ferguson Tree Nursery (in Kemptville, Ontario) offers an online catalogue of its stock and prices that can give your Group a sense of how much it can expect to pay for its trees.

If planting on private land, the landowner can be expected to supply the trees. Free trees may be available in some communities, depending on circumstances; for example, SaskPower offers free seedlings to not-for-profit agencies and service clubs in Saskatchewan (some restrictions apply).

Most Groups taking part in Scoutrees plant relatively inexpensive saplings—ideally native species from locally sourced seeds. In some circumstances, it may be appropriate to plant more mature trees—especially when planting in small sites that don’t call for many trees. Different species of tree will fare better in different conditions; if you have questions about what trees might do best in your planting area, consult a local tree expert.

Most Groups taking part in Scoutrees plant in the spring, which is ideal. Trees can be planted as soon as the snow has melted and ground has thawed, though it is best to wait until temperatures are consistently above freezing overnight. Trees should be planted before a drought is likely; this will depend on your part of the country.  Late summer and early fall can offer planting conditions every bit as favourable as those found in the spring. For a more specific sense of the planting season in your area, consult a local tree expert.

Trees are hardy plants, and it is entirely possible that the trees you plant in the name of Scoutrees will thrive with no help at all. However, there are many threats to trees’ survival—especially when young trees are still getting established. It can be a good idea to visit your trees once or twice annually in their first few years to thin out fast-growing competing plants. In dry conditions, it is a good idea to visit the trees your Group has planted to water them (as often as daily), particularly if a drought occurs within a month of your planting event. Mulch can also help to protect trees from drought, and will fertilize trees over time. Signage can make people aware of newly planted saplings and keep them from getting trampled, and can also serve to promote your Group in your community. For further advice on how to care for the trees you’ve planted, consult a local tree expert.

Scouts Canada can best support the Scoutrees program if the organization has useful data. Identifying Groups and Areas with successful Scoutrees planting events and campaigns will help us to share keys to success and inspire other Groups and Areas to take part in this worthwhile environmental service project.

In order to make it easier for Groups to get Scoutrees crests, they will be available through the Scout Shop beginning in 2019. The Scout Shop has the expertise to effectively serve Scouts Canada’s members both in person and online. The price attached to Scoutrees crests will contribute to the Scout Shop’s ability to provide this service. However, purchasing Scoutrees crests will be strictly optional, and Groups will retain 100% of funds raised in the name of Scoutrees. Scoutrees crests are simply a souvenir of participation in Scoutrees.

The final price of 2019 Scoutrees crests is to be determined. At this point in time, Scouts Canada expects to offer 2019 Scoutrees crests at $1.99 each.

Shipping of Scoutrees crests costs a minimum of $1.50; the price ultimately depends on the size of the order.