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Who can earn these patches?
Anyone who is concerned with the welfare of animals. This program is designed to be flexible for anyone and any group including Girl Scouts*, Boy Scouts, youth groups, families and individuals. Patches can be earned with multi-levels and are based on ability and time invested – not necessarily the age of the achiever. You can progress through the patch levels — Friend, Volunteer, Advocate — earning one patch per year or choose to do them in a series culminating in a larger service project. Those who choose to do so can complete all five areas of interest — Birds, Pets, Habitats, Sea Life, Endangered — and earn the Animal Welfare Service Patch.
This Animal Habitats Advocate Service Patch is part of our “Advocate” level patches. This level of our patch program provides an opportunity for achievers to reach out into their community to get others involved. Program organizers can give these patches for recognition or they can be earned by completing requirements one to four below. This level is best for teens to adults and for younger children to complete with a parent or mentor. It is a natural progression from our “Volunteer” level patches, for troops of teen scouts and teen youth groups as well as individual teens and adults.
Can this patch be earned other ways?
Yes. Based on your geographic area and the ability of the achiever, other requirements may be more suitable. Use your own judgement for what is best for your group.
How much time does it take to earn this patch?
Generally, our Animal Habitat Advocate Patch can be earned in four to eight hours but consider making a regular commitment to advocate for animals and their habitats.
Animal Habitat Advocate Patch Program Suggested Requirements
Completing one of the volunteer level patch programs below is a suggested prerequisite for earning your Animal Habitat Advocate Patch. Your volunteer experience will provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to advocate for animals and their habitats. You can also opt to complete the volunteer requirements during your advocacy project.
- Animal Habitat Protector Service Patch Program
- Sea Life Protector Service Patch Program
- Honey Bee Supporter Service Patch Program
- Bird Sanctuary Volunteer Service Patch Program
Requirement 1: Choose an Animal Habitat Issue to Advocate For
Loss of habitat is a critical issue for many species. When you advocate for animal habitats you are are also advocating for a better earth for people.
- What is a wildlife corridor? Helpful Link: Corridor FAQ
- What are invasive species? Helpful Link: Invasive Species FAQ, Species Distribution Maps
- What are the threatened or endangered species in your area? Helpful Link: U.S. Threatened or Endangered Species by County
- Our community’s carbon footprint. Helpful Link: Reduce your community’s carbon footprint.
- What are our native plants? Helpful Link: Native Plant Finder
- Does our community know/care about habitat loss?
Based on your discussion, what animal habitat issue will you advocate for? Some ideas:
- Have educational signs made for a park.
- Get more volunteers for a habitat project.
- Raise money for a habitat project. (Your organization may not allow you to raise funds, check first.)
- Reduce the use of plastic in your neighborhood.
- Increase the number of trash receptacles at a park.
- Add recycling receptacles to a public area.
Requirement 2: Plan and Carry Out an Advocacy Program
Now that you’ve chosen your issue to advocate for it’s time to get started. Helpful link: How to Advocate for your Cause
Who do you want to reach? Some ideas:
- Your Family
- Your Neighbors
- Politicians — Helpful link: How to Contact Your Elected Officials
- Your Classmates
- Your Fellow Worshipers
- Other Groups or Organizations
How will you reach them? Some ideas:
- Talk to them. Consider wearing a button as a conversation starter.
- Hand out flyers. Consider setting up a booth to collect donations if allowed.
- Hang tags on doors and mail boxes.
- Make posters.
- Reach out with social media such as Facebook.
- Send a press release to your local newspaper or school newspaper. Helpful link: How to write a press release.
Requirement 3: Thank Your Community
Ways to say Thank You:
- Personally thank individuals and businesses who helped. A hand written letter is always nice. Helpful link: How to write a thank you letter.
- Give certificates of appreciation.
- Thank the community as a whole with posters.
- Create a follow up press release and include the names of individuals and businesses who participated.
- Thank the community as a whole on social media.
Once you’ve earned this patch you may want to earn our Animal Habitat Delegate Pin.
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