Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: 3 R’s and Being a Scout

September 26, 2022 | Theme for this month’s Pack Meeting was Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle and how these efforts to care for the environment connected to the Scout Law and the Outdoor Code.

A Scout is … Clean
Reducing, reusing, and recycling helps keep the environment clean of waste, garbage, and other materials that don’t belong. These help keep waterways, lakes, and oceans clean. Being clean extends beyond our bodies and our homes to the world we live in.

A Scout is … Courteous
By using the 3 R’s, scouts can be considerate to the community, our neighbors, and others who enjoy our parks, cityscapes, and natural areas. This kind of courtesy is a wonderful example of ensuring we all can enjoy a healthy environment.

A Scout is … Thrifty
The 3 R’s also connect with being thrifty. Being thrifty means being good to the things we own and use, not to waste good materials or tools, and to get as much use out of something as possible — as long as it is safe to do so! We end up spending less money and helping the environment at the same time!

A Scout is … Reverent
When we reduce, reuse, and recycle, we also show our reverence to creation and the environment. Nature is an amazing reality and showing our respect by taking care of it is core to being a good scout.

A song about the 3 R’s by Jack Johnson

We also discussed various ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle by discussing various objects found around Cubmaster Nick’s house: styrofoam packing, aluminum cans, yogurt bottles and caps, tetra packs, plastic film bags, power tool batteries, and more.

Metro and the City of Portland provide numerous resources for residents to recycle the appropriate material. These include:
A Guide to Residential Garbage, Recycling, & Composting Collection
Guidance on Recycling at home
Guidance on Reducing waste at home

Here are a couple kids videos talking about plastics:
How is plastic made? (Mystery Doug)
How Plastic Hurts the World (SciShow Kids)

How is plastic made? (Mystery Doug video on

For parents who want to learn more about plastics, here is a quick explainer video from National Geographic on the subject.

Plastics 101

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