Conservation Committee

The Atlanta Area Council Conservation Committee serves as a resource for conservation, environmental, ecology and sustainability-related topics. Our vision is guided by principles central to the BSA, including the Outdoor Code and Leave No Trace, and by conservation management best-practices from national, regional, and local organizations.

The BSA Distinguished Conservation Service Award is the BSA’s highest conservation award available.  Developed to encourage learning by the participants and to increase public awareness about natural resource conservation through sound stewardship.

The awards program has three awards:

  • Youth: BSA Distinguished Conservation Service Award
  • Adult: BSA Distinguished Conservationist
  • Organizations and Individuals: BSA Distinguished Conservation Service Award Certificate

View a complete list of the requirements for each award.

Atlanta Area Council Conservation Gold Award

The award recognizes Scouts who lead a significant conservation project that educates the
public about one of Scouting’s key missions: preserving our natural resources. The award
honors the effort that goes into leading a significant conservation project or enhanced Eagle
project, as well as provides encouragement for those who decide to go ahead and complete the
two projects needed to receive the National Distinguished Conservation Service Award.

More Information!

The council Conservation Committee provides guidance and to identify qualified advisers. The role of the conservation adviser is to guide the young person into selecting significant conservation projects and to coach the youth into preparing, researching, consulting others, designing, planning, and giving leadership to others in carrying out the projects. The adviser must approve the application, indicating that the applicant’s activities have been monitored and ensuring that the projects meet local needs. The applicant’s unit leader must also approve the conservation project.

If you would like to help as a trained DCSA advisor take the online training course here:

As a member of the Atlanta Area Council Conservation Committee, your responsibilities will include:

  • Supporting and coordinating conservation efforts in the council, including serving as the primary resource for conservation, environmental, and sustainability-related advancement and programming.
  • Promoting conservation awards, including reviewing and approving Distinguished Conservation Service Awards projects and applications and promoting conservation-related training.

For more information on joining the AAC Conservation Committee, or helping as a conservation advisor, please contact Kent Watkins, Conservation Committee Chair, at