Scouts across the UK will help to raise awareness of environmental issues among young people by taking part in hundreds of conservation projects across the country.
The Scout Association has declared 2004 to be the "year of the environment", and is launching the 'Scouts Go Green' initiative to galvanise scouting troops into taking part in local environmental and conservation projects.
Scouts Go Green will see groups of scouts undertaking projects such as clearing footpaths, managing woodland and helping to preserve the coastline.
The association has linked up with local environmental groups to produce a Go Green booklet to provide guidance and advice for scout leaders. It has also designed the booklet to be used by youth groups and teachers.