Tennessee Boy Scouts partner with ‘Nobody Trashes Tennessee’ campaign

Published 2:49 pm Wednesday, April 3, 2024

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NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Transportation’s (TDOT) Nobody Trashes Tennessee (NTT) litter prevention campaign has once again expanded its youth group partnerships. All six Boy Scouts of America councils serving Tennessee have joined forces with Nobody Trashes Tennessee to offer scouts the opportunity to earn a Nobody Trashes Tennessee patch.

Boy Scouts of all ages have multiple avenues to earn the patch. This includes completing Nobody Trashes Tennessee educational worksheets and participating in litter cleanups in their community, organizing cleanups in their neighborhood or school grounds, or engaging in existing beautification and service projects.

For Boy Scouts aged 12 and older, the Adopt-A-Highway program provides an opportunity to earn both a patch and a roadway recognition panel by committing to quarterly pickups. Patches are generously provided by Nobody Trashes Tennessee and do not incur costs for the councils or individual scouts.

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“Scouts are constantly engaged in serving their communities through various projects, with citizenship and community service ingrained in our programs,” remarked Casey Norwood, Scout Executive/CEO of the Boy Scouts of America, Chickasaw Council. “I believe the objectives of the Nobody Trashes Tennessee campaign harmonize well with our Scouts’ commitment to giving back to the communities where we live and love.”

All scouts are urged to participate in spring and summer cleanup events in their communities, including the ongoing Great American Cleanup, which extends through June. Significant observances like Earth Day on April 22 offer additional opportunities for troops to either join existing events or conduct their own community cleanups.

“Boy Scouts are renowned for their dedication to community service, and partnering with Nobody Trashes Tennessee underscores their commitment to instilling values of environmental stewardship, civic responsibility, and leadership in young people,” stated Brittany Morris, transportation program supervisor at TDOT. “We are delighted to have participation from all six councils representing the state.”

The Boy Scouts join Tennessee’s three Girl Scout councils and additional youth groups in offering the NTT patch. To access educational resources, register cleanups, and learn more about the program, interested parties can visit the respective council websites:

  • Sequoyah Council, Boy Scouts of America (nobodytrashestennessee.com/scbsa)
  • Middle Tennessee Council, Boy Scouts of America (nobodytrashestennessee.com/mtcbsa)
  • Cherokee Area Council, Boy Scouts of America (nobodytrashestennessee.com/caccbsa)
  • West Tennessee Area Council, Boy Scouts of America (nobodytrashestennessee.com/wtacbsa)
  • Great Smoky Mountain Council, Boy Scouts of America (nobodytrashestennessee.com/gsmcbsa)
  • Chickasaw Council, Boy Scouts of America (nobodytrashestennessee.com/ccbsa)

All residents are encouraged to demonstrate their support for a litter-free Tennessee by participating in local cleanup events. For more information and to find a local cleanup event, individuals can visit nobodytrashestennessee.com/events.