Boy Scouts could earn commemorative patch for litter pick up

Posted at 12:13 PM, Apr 07, 2016
and last updated 2017-03-02 17:38:01-05

With the annual Don't Mess with Texas trash-off happening soon, boy scouts across the state could earn a commemorative patch for participating in the event.

However, some central Texas scouts could have an issue with receiving their patch - because they weren't aware of it.

Pack-498 actively picks up litter all-year long and has plans to participate in this weekend's trash pick up.

Pack Leader Charles Shumate said he was not aware of the patch, but that their service is more important than patches anyway.

"It teaches the boys to be respectful to their environment, to help other people, and  It's not all about awards-- us helping other people,” Shumate said.

Operations Administrator for the Recycling and Stormwater Compliance Department Anna Dunbar said that Keep Waco Beautiful has the patches.  

“Keep Waco Beautiful does have those patches and we get them for those groups,” Dunbar said.

She said the patches are sent from Keep Texas Beautiful or the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

Both Shumate and Dunbar agree that keeping Waco clean is something that takes teamwork.

“Boys, let’s get out there and do it. Don’t mess with Texas,” Shumate said.

“Working together we can help keep out city clean,” said Dunbar.

The Don’t Mess with Texas Trash off is scheduled for this Saturday, April 9. Registration begins at 10:30 a.m. at Pecan Bottoms, the event will be from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

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