State parks, Boy Scouts to collaborate on service projects

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - A partnership between the Boy Scouts of America and S.C. State Parks will coordinate service projects at state parks undertaken by Boy Scouts, officials say.

Gov. Mark Sanford joined park rangers, boy scouts and officials from the Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Wednesday morning to announce the collaboration.

"Scouts have always played a key role in conserving our state and nation's natural heritage," Sanford said. "This new partnership represents a unique and positive step that Scouts can take as they learn and contribute to this larger notion of conservation and stewardship."

A new "Scout Carolina" patch, marking service projects done in conjunction with South Carolina State Parks, was also unveiled on Wednesday. Officials are in the process of outlining specific projects Scouts can achieve to earn the new Scout Carolina patch.

"As an Eagle Scout, one of the most important lessons I learned was the duty we all have to treat the natural beauty of our surroundings with great care, and for that reason it just made sense for scouts to be able to directly partner with our state's efforts to preserve our parks for future generations," Sanford continued.

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