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An opportunity to make a difference in the local community AND recruit new people (of all ages) to join the scouting family. Depending on pandemic restrictions this is one that could be done in families or (let’s hope!) en masse. Suggestions as to how this can link to badges, and some links to useful resources, are below too.

“Scouts Trash the Trash Day is an international Messengers of Peace project for Scouts around the world, where each Scout is challenged to bring a friend or family member along and pick up at least one Kilo (2.2 pounds) of trash each on the first Saturday in May.

The idea for Scouts Trash the Trash Day came from the scouts of Troop 1206 in Helena, Montana after realizing that there are several days throughout the year that Scouts get together and do the same thing on the same day. Days like Jamboree on the Air and Internet, Jamboree on the Trail, World Neckerchief (Scarf) Day, but there was not a day for Scouts to all get together and clean up their communities. Thus Scouts Trash the Trash Day was started. Scouts are asked to bring a non-scout with them on this day of service in order to double the impact of their trash cleaning effort.

Scouts Trash the Trash Day is about more than just cleaning our planet, it is a day to show the world what Scouting is about, educate individuals about Scouting and recruit new boys, girls and adults into the Scouting movement.”

There are various scouting badges this could link to – staged Community Impact (all sections); Global Issues and My World Challenge (Beaver Scouts); Environmental Conservation , Global Issues and Our World Challenge (Cub Scouts); Environmental Conservation and World Challenge (Scouts); Global Issues (Explorer Scouts). It may also link to the Personal Challenge or Chief Scout Award for the relevant section.

If you take part don’t forget to send information and photos in, so others can see the difference you made!

Resources – linked to recycling / environmental

The Scoutsactivity section has a range of activities such as recycled planters, “wise up to waste”, camp carbon neutralcarbon conscious, green machine, weave goodbye to waste and the art of recycling 

Activity village – a range of activities, puzzles, worksheets and crafts

National Geographic – Online “Recycle Roundup” game from the USA, plus some UK activities

World Wildlife Fund – as a partner for “A Million Hands” there is a whole section of ideas