G E Hedrick (geh@A.CS.OKSTATE.EDU)
Sun, 2 Aug 1992 15:02:18 CDT
Troop 828 in Stillwater has participated in the state's adopt-a-highway
program for several years. Almost every city/town in the council where
there is a troop or post has at least one unit participating in the
Participation takes only a telephone call to the highway department
to get started. The highway department (in Oklahoma) provides trash
bags and fluorescent orange vests and caps. The troop completely cleans-up
both sides of a two mile stretch of highway. The area assigned to
troop 828 is about 15 miles east of the city.
The troop polices its assigned area at least twice a year. More, if
it is needed. The highway department picks-up the filled trash bags.
You can expect the following difficulties:
conflicts with other activities such as soccer, band, football, etc.
the same group of boys doing all of the work (about 1/3 of the boys
in our case).
finding enough parents/adults to drive the boys to their assigned area
and return. (Remember that ASMs under 21 cannot drive.)
Overall, I would say the program is successful and works very well.
The boys feel they are helping the environment. They get their service
hours. AND the sate gets clean highways.
G. E. Hedrick
Parent of two scouts Troop committee, T828
Unit Commissioner for three units
Assistant District Commissioner, Pawnee Bill District, Will Rogers Council
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