Animal Habitat Delegate Pin
About the Animal Welfare Service Patch Program from Youth Strong
Who can earn these patches and pins?
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 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. More experienced achievers can earn the Delegate pins.
This Animal Habitat Delegate Pin is part of our “Delegate” level. This level of our program provides an opportunity for achievers to organize service projects for others to participate in. It is a natural progression from our “Advocate” level, for troops of older teen scouts and teen youth groups. Individual teens with a mentor and adults can also earn this pin. This is also an excellent opportunity for families to work together to serve the community.
Can this pin 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 pin?
Generally, our Animal Habitat Delegate Pin can be earned in 15 to 25 hours but consider making a regular commitment to advocate for animal habitats.
Earning the Animal Habitat Delegate Pin
Completing one of the advocate level patch programs below is a suggested prerequisite for earning your delegate pin. Your advocate experience will provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to successfully manage your animal habitat action project. You can also opt to complete the requirements with your participation during the administration of your project.
Requirement 1: Choose an Animal Habitat Action Project
Points to consider:
- Wildlife Corridors; Helpful Link: Corridor FAQ
- Invasive species; Helpful Link: Invasive Species FAQ, Species Distribution Maps
- Threatened or endangered species in your area; Helpful Link: U.S. Threatened or Endangered Species by County
- Species extinction; Helpful link: How does extinction happen?
- Your community’s carbon footprint. Helpful Link: Reduce your community’s carbon footprint.
- Native Plants; Helpful Link: Native Plant Finder
- Create a certified wildlife habitat
- Create an urban forest.
- Revitalize a park.
- Make a butterfly garden.
- Make a bat habitat.
- Create an animal sanctuary in your community.
- Reduce your community’s carbon footprint. Helpful Link: Reduce your community’s carbon footprint.
- Reduce your community’s use of plastic.
- What are your skills and talents?
- Do you need a mentor or adviser? Who will it be?
- Will there be legal or permit issues to resolve?
- How many others can you recruit to help?
- Will your volunteers need special skills or training?
- How many hours can you devote to the project?
- Will there be a project deadline?
- How much money will you be able to raise for the project?
- Can you get a sponsor to help with the costs?
Requirement 2: Plan Your Animal Habitat Action Program
- Decide exactly what you want to accomplish and give your project a name.
- Break it down into smaller steps.
- Set up a timeline.
Although smaller projects can be done alone, many projects will require a team. As the project delegate, one of your most important roles will be building a successful team. Helpful Link: 7 Super Steps to Recruit Volunteers
- Find a mentor with experience in your project area.
- Enlist an Advocate to help you recruit volunteers. Consider using a volunteer release form especially if you are working with children. Helpful Link: Volunteer Release Form
- Decide which jobs you can do alone.
- How many people will you need for each team? Take a look at this table to get you started. You can copy and paste the table to use as a template for your project. You can set up an account for free or use your own method for organization.
Budgeting allows you to create a spending plan for your project. Sticking to your budget ensures that you will have enough money for the things you need to complete it. If you copied the table above you will see there is section for budgeting.
There are many ways to raise money. If you are working with an organization such as Girl Scouts* check first to see what is allowed. Helpful Link: A Beginner’s Guide to Fundraising
- Consider GoFundMe, CrowdRise, DonorsChoose, or Kickstarter.
- Organize an event like a car wash, bake sale, or benefit dinner to raise awareness around your fundraiser.
- Host an event such as a walkathon, run, or bike rides.
- Ask local businesses and community members to donate items for a silent auction or a live auction.
- Sales of customized products like tee shirts, pens, and buttons will not only raise funds but generate awareness about your project.
Invite the local media to your fundraiser or at least supply them with aphoto and caption after the event.
Specific ideas for Animal Habitat Fund Raising
Get clever with your ideas. Think of things related to your cause. It will help bring awareness and set up a “fun” atmosphere, while raising the money you need to complete your cause.
- Have a hike-a-thon.
- Make a habitat wish list at Amazon.com or other retailer.
- Ask children to take nature photos. Make enlargements and auction them off. Make sure Grandma is invited!
- Buy gummy butterflies or other candy in bulk. Make a sticker to put on the package and resell.
- Host a stepping stone making party. Stepping stones can be placed along a trail in the habitat.
- Get sponsors for educational signage that identifies plants and animals in the area.
- Have a cupcake bake sale with sea turtle cupcakes, owl cupcakes, frog cupcakes, or any other animals you are supporting in your habitat project.
- Give habitat recognition gifts for sponsorships. Set donation levels such as $20 for a pin, $40 for a tee shirt.
- Organize a “turtle” bike race. Who can ride the slowest from point A to point B without putting their feet on the ground?
- Have a nature photo scavenger hunt.
- Sell plush animals that represent animals in your habitat.
Requirement 3: Complete Your Animal Habitat Action Program
You should now be ready to put your plan into action. After completing the plan, remember to thank the community.
- Personally thank individuals and businesses who helped. A handwritten 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. Helpful link: How to write a press release.
- Thank the community as a whole on social media.
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