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Adopt a Tree

If you’ve ever taken part in a Scoutrees event, you know how good it feels to plant a tree. But, just like people, young trees need special attention to grow up healthy and strong. Find and adopt a young tree near you! Take care of your tree throughout the year – it doesn’t take much work, but the little you do can go a long way!

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  • Where will you adopt your tree?
  • What kind of tree will you adopt? What difference does this make?
  • Will you adopt a tree on your own, or with a fellow Scout?
  • What gear do you need for this adventure?
  • For how long will you look after your tree? A year? Two? Even longer?


  • Find and adopt a young tree near you! It may be on your property or in a nearby park. It may even be a tree you planted yourself.
  • When you’ve chosen your young tree, check on it weekly. Make sure it gets plenty of water if you’re going through a dry summer, and protect your tree from animals like caterpillars and beavers. Provide your tree with mulch to help keep it from drying out.
  • If needed, prepare your tree for winter by learning about any steps you can take to keep it safe during winter months. 
  • If you notice anything wrong with your tree, like the presence of an invasive species or disease, make sure to report it using the Invasive Species Centre's Community Tree Check Form!


  • What do you know now that you did not know before?
  • What was your favourite part of this adventure?
  • How did you help your tree to grow?
  • If your tree didn’t need much help, why do you think this was?
  • Remember to submit your activities on our Scouts for Sustainability Take Action Map

Keep it Simple

  • Rather than adopting a tree by yourself, adopt it as a Lodge, Lair or Patrol. Have a Scouter support each group and tree.

Take it Further

  • Adopt a forest! Work with your local forest group or conservation authority to adopt a forest. Keep the forest healthy and happy!