BSA Issues New Patch to Celebrate NPLD
National Public Lands Day is excited to announce a new addition to our partnership with the Boy Scouts of America -- a commemorative emblem! This year marks the first time a patch will be offered specifically for Boy Scouts who participate in NPLD. It is is an ideal way to recognize a Boy Scout's efforts to enhance our treasured public lands.
Boy Scouts can earn the patch by planning an NPLD event or participating in an existing event. Scout troop leaders can order the patch from the BSA Scout Shop online. They can also be found at a Scout Shop nearest you.
What kind of activities can Boy Scouts do on NPLD? Any volunteer projects that benefit a public land, such as enhancing a wildlife habitat, maintaining a historic campground, planting trees or educating volunteers about the local ecosystem.
Here are some of the volunteer projects Boy Scouts have already planned for NPLD 2012:
- Carters Lake (Ga.) - Fifty Boy Scouts will maintain the trails and campsites at three different locations along a rugged shoreline.
- Cheyenne Greenway (Wyo.) - The Frontier District will bring 100 Boy Scouts to clean up riparian areas within the community of Cheyenne.
- Fort Boonesborough State Park (Ky.) - Boy Scouts will join volunteers from the local community to maintain trails, clean up the beach, plant trees and build an outdoor classroom.
- Meadowood Special Recreation Area (Va.) - Boy Scouts, along with Girl Scouts, will remove invasive vegetation along the trails and learn about riparian restoration, soil erosion control and bluebird habitat.
Read more about the Boys Scouts and NPLD partnership on our website to learn how your troop or council can get involved in NPLD.
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