Protect and preserve the environment

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Learn how to protect, preserve, and restore the environment.


Although not every Young Women camp will be held in an outdoor, natural setting, all young women should learn how to protect, preserve, and restore natural environments (see D&C 104:13). Following are some principles and activity ideas that will help you learn how to take care of our natural world.

Protect the environment

  • Go on a hike. Use only the trails that already exist, and walk in the middle of the trail. Do not touch or take any artifacts or plants. If you see any wildlife, keep a safe distance and do not try to feed them. Never leave trash or food on the trail.
  • Participate in an overnight camp. Use only the campsites that already exist, and do not alter the site. Camp on durable surfaces, such as packed dirt or rock, and make sure your site is at least 200 feet (61 m) away from any lakes, rivers, or streams to avoid contaminating water resources. Store food and trash properly in sealed containers to avoid attracting animals to your campsite (see the activity on basic sanitation).

Preserve and restore the environment

  • Clean up a local natural resource. Find a natural resource near where you live, and plan a service project to pick up all the trash or debris in the area. Use this activity to explore the correct ways to dispose of garbage, such as burning, burying, or removing. You may need to ask local authorities to teach you about the disposal methods that are proper for your area. Never leave any trash, food, or litter on the ground. Bury all human waste in holes at least 6 inches (15 cm) deep and 200 feet (61 m) away from water, campsites, and trails.
  • Teach others how to take care of the environment. Invite friends to come camping with you. Show courtesy to others in your area by regulating how much noise you make.
  • Trail maintenance. Plan an activity to help rebuild, mark, or establish a nearby trail.
  • Purify a local water resource. Invite someone with knowledge and experience to teach you about the problems with water pollution in your area. Go to a local water resource and help clean out trash. Practice clean water skills, and do your part to prevent water pollution.
  • Plant trees. Learn about the problems with air pollution and erosion in your area. Find an area and plant some trees to help decrease air pollution and erosion.

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