Spring and summer cleaning can land Scouts a special patch, plus other positive news in Scouting this week

The Nobody Trashes Tennessee (NTT) campaign by the Tennessee Department of Transportation has partnered with councils throughout the state to expand its reach. Scouts of all ages can earn an NTT patch by completing educational worksheets, participating in community cleanups or engaging in beautification projects. Older Scouts can also be recognized through the Adopt-A-Highway program. Scouts are encouraged to participate in spring and summer cleanup events, including the ongoing Great American Cleanup.

 Learn more about this story from the Elizabethton Star.com website.

Free pet microchipping event hosted by future Eagle Scout

Scout Leeanna Lasister led a free microchipping event at the Gulfport Police Department in Gulfport, Mississippi. The event was supported by Fixin’ the Coast and BSA Troop 212, and was aimed at helping her earn her Eagle Scout rank. The event was intended to address the issue of lost and stolen animals along the coast. Leeanna’s goal was to educate pet owners and offer them the opportunity to microchip their pets. Groomer Lacey King stressed the importance of microchipping, particularly during hurricane season. She cited instances where microchips helped reunite lost pets with their owners. King emphasized the simplicity of the process and urged pet owners to microchip their pets as soon as possible.

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Scouts prepare to remove invasive plants

The Union County Board of County Commissioners and the Patriots’ Path Council are teaming up for a project called Operation WRIP (Watchung Reservation Invasive Plants). The aim of this project is to improve the trails in the Watchung Reservation in Union County, New Jersey. On April 6th, more than 100 volunteers, including Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA members and Venturers from northern New Jersey, will work together to remove invasive plants like Japanese barberry and multiflora rosa shrubs. These plants are harmful to the native wildlife and biodiversity. The event offers an opportunity for participation in conservation service hours, rank advancement or merit badges.

Learn more about this story from the Union County website.


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Sheniece Chappell is an associate editor of Scout Life and Scouting magazines.