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Scouts and the Metro Beautification and Environment Commission

Metro Beautification and Environment Commission offers a special scout patch to encourage tree planting, recycling, litter cleanup, and school and neighborhood cleanups.

Scout Patch

The Beautification Scout Patch is available to both Girl and Boy Scouts.

  • Daisy Girl Scouts: Complete #1 below and one (1) additional activity
  • Brownie Girl Scouts and Tiger or Wolf Cub Scouts: Complete #1 below and two (2) additional activities
  • Junior Girl Scouts and Bear or Webelo Cub Scouts: Complete #1 below and three (3) additional activities
  • Girl Scouts/Studio 2B and Boy Scouts: Complete #1 and #2 below and four (4) additional activities

Scout Patch Activities

  1. Plant a tree.
  2. Watch Metro's Recycling Processing video.
  3. Have an aluminum can collection through your troop.
  4. Make a campaign slogan or advertisement for one thing everyone could do to reduce his or her waste.
  5. Take a tour of the local landfill.
  6. Learn about composting.
  7. Start composting your family's food waste in your backyard
  8. Organize your own roadside litter cleanup with your troop, school, family or friends.
  9. Adopt a Street with your troop, school, family or friends.
  10. Plant a flower bed or wildflower meadow.

Leader Guide for Metro Beautification and Environment Commission’s Patch

  1. Plant a tree. Learn the proper way to plant and maintain a tree. Why is important to plant trees? Visit the Nashville Tree Advisory Committee's website to find out about trees that are appropriate for your community.
  2. Do you ever wonder what happens after you put something into the recycling bin? Watch our recycling video that shows what happens at the recycling processing facility.
  3. Have an aluminum can collection through your troop. Find a local recycler to pay you for the cans you collect or take them to a local recycling convenience center in your community. Learn more about aluminum recycling, such as why aluminum is valuable, what products are made from it, how much energy is saved when a can is recycled, and find the estimated tons of aluminum cans Americans recycle every year.
  4. What do the three R’s represent? Define each word. Rank the words according to their importance. Why would reducing your waste be better than recycling? Make a campaign slogan or advertisement for one thing everyone could do to reduce his or her waste. Design a poster with your slogan and display it at your school or show it to you troop members.
  5. Take a tour of the local landfill. Find out how much waste goes into the landfill daily, weekly, monthly, and annually. Ask landfill personnel to explain how a landfill is built and why it is the way you dispose of waste in your area. Research other waste disposal methods, such as waste-to-energy (incineration), recycling, and reclamation of material. Measure how much trash your family throws away every week. Note what things you throw away and what you recycle in a weekly log for one month.
  6. Learn about composting. Why is composting considered to be a form of recycling? What is the formal term for “worm composting?” Build your own homemade worm composting bin and give a presentation to your troop about what you learned and give the reasons composting is good for the environment.
  7. Start composting your family's food waste in your back yard
  8. Organize your own roadside litter or graffiti cleanup with your troop or school. Cleanup areas can include your school, neighborhood, lake, creek or park. Learn more about litter prevention, register your clean-up and get free supplies.
  9. Adopt a Street and make a longer commitment to keeping Nashville Beautiful.
  10. Plant a flower bed or wildflower meadow. Volunteer to assist an elderly neighbor with his/her garden or yard maintenance. Pull weeds and plant flowers. Offer to help keep plants watered during the summer months.

Scouts must complete and sign the Scout Patch Request form (one form per scout), have approved by scoutmaster or leader and forward to Metro Beautification and Environment Commission.

Metro Beautification & Environment Commission is an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, which is a national, non-profit, public education organization dedicated to improving waste handling practices in American communities. For information about the KAB patch, call 203-323-8987 or visit www.kab.org