• Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts organizations are among the oldest of our partners in improving habitat and supporting outdoor recreation. Scout projects have improved and maintained trails, protected sensitive areas, improved shooting ranges, provided nesting habitat for birds and increased accessibility to outdoor users.

    As important as these service projects is the organizations' commitment to getting kids outdoors. Scouting has long encouraged a healthy relationship with the outdoors. Both Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts can earn advancement and awards for many different areas of natural resources stewardship or outdoor recreation activities. Scouts can earn awards or recognition for events like hiking, fishing, archery, shotgun and rifle shooting, canoeing and kayaking.

    For questions about scouting and the DNR, please Contact Ray Rustem at 517-284-6070, or email RustemR@Michigan.gov.

Iron Belle Trail Challenge

  • The Iron Belle Challenge began in 2015 as a Department of Natural Resources-sponsored scouting event to commemorate the establishment of the Michigan Iron Belle Trail, stretching over 1,200 miles between Belle Isle in Detroit and Ironwood in the western Upper Peninsula. It began as a hiking event, but has grown to include participants who bike, kayak or canoe. Each year the DNR sponsors this trail event in conjunction with National Trails Day and encourages scouts to get out and enjoy one of Michigan's many trail opportunities.

    Each scout who participates in the event receives a commemorative patch. An additional rocker patch can be earned by doing a stewardship activity that supports our trails or park systems during September.

    This year's Iron Belle Challenge takes place June 6, 2020. In September you can show further support by participating in a stewardship project on National Public Lands Day, Sept. 26, 2020.

Conservation Stewardship Award