Scoutrees is a Canada-wide environmental program designed to give all members the opportunity to demonstrate, through action, their concern for the environment. By planting trees, youth learn about the important role trees have in our lives, the critical need for conservation, the huge impact of climate change and how we can do our part to create a better world. Scoutrees was officially launched on May 9th, 1974 by His Excellency Governor General Jules Leger, Chief Scout of Canada.
Scouting members plant trees in conservation areas, provincial parks, on crown-lands, and at Scout Camps. Through Scoutrees the youth learn the important role trees play in helping the environment. Trees are planted as windbreaks to help reduce soil erosion from wind and rain, they provide wildlife habitat for birds and other animals, and also beautify our parks and provide shade during warm summer days.
The crest (patch) symbol was made up of three parts: half of a coniferous tree and a fleur-de-lis, superimposed on a maple leaf.
Recent versions feature a different officeal provincial tree each year, including a silhouette and leaf/needle close-up for identification.
- Canadian Scout Handbook, 1998