Conservation Good Turn Project
Bob Nieland (rgn@MCS.NET)
Sat, 21 Sep 1996 22:03:20 -0500
Our Cub Scout Pack has been working on a conservation project this weekend.
We have been stenciling the message "Dump No Waste - Drains to River" next
to the storm drains in our neighborhood. The reason for painting this
message is to remind adults not to dump pollutants (e.g., pesticides,
herbicides, motor oil, antifreeze, paint or other chemicals) in the streets
or down the drains. It has been a good experience for both the boys and
adults who helped out, and I wanted to pass along some information about the
project in case others are looking for ideas.
The Storm Drain Stenciling Program is a national effort organized by the
Center for Marine Conservation (CMC) in Hampton, Virginia. The CMC has lined
up local sponsors throughout the United States. In our case, we worked
through the Conservation Foundation of DuPage County in Wheaton, Illinois.
The Conservation Foundation supplied the stencils and yellow spray paint at
no charge, and we divided up the neighborhood streets among our dens. It
took about an hour for my son's den to complete its assigned area (40
drains). In addition, the foundation sent a representative to our last pack
meeting to speak about the project and water pollution.
Participation in the project will enable our Cub Scouts to fulfill one of
the requirements for the World Conservation Badge, as well as enable the
pack to earn a Conservation Good Turn Award. More importantly, the boys had
fun, learned something about sources of water pollution and contributed to
One of the newspapers that covers the western suburbs of Chicago (Daily
Herald) ran an article about the project today. It was nice, for a change,
to see a very positive story written about Scouting. We have posted a copy
of the article at our web site (http://www.pack101.org/pages/herald.htm).
If you are interested in the program, contact the CMC to see if it has a
local sponsor in your area:
Center for Marine Conservation
306A Buckroe Avenue
Hampton, Virginia 23664
Cub Scout Pack 101
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