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Trash the Trash Day

Date: 14th May 2021 Author: Luke Cohen

On the 1st of May 2021 11 of our Scouts and 3 Scout Leaders took part in a litter pick for the International Scouting Event Trash the Trash Day. This is a recent international event to the Scout movement and was set up by a Scout Troop from Montana, USA as a Messengers of Peace Project for Scouts. The aim is for Scouts around the world to get together on the same day to clean up their communities by picking up at least 1kg of litter.

 

We spent four hours cleaning up the Thames Path in Greenwich. Our efforts filled 8 bags of rubbish including 200+ cigarettes (all counted by one Scout), broke two litter pickers, invested a scout and found Tinky Winky.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was one of our first outings after lockdown and we had great fun. People were thrilled to see us out in the community with passers-by congratulating us and thanking us.

The world-wide effort resulted in 5,338 bags of rubbish being filled, 1,170 scout groups taking part, 6,286 people joining in, and 13,522 hours spent cleaning up communities.

 

As well as gaining the Trash the Trash Day badge the Scouts also worked towards their Community Impact badge and their Environmental Conservation badge. Well done guys!

We hope to source more equipment and head out again soon, so keep your eyes peeled!

Thank you to all involved with special thanks to Adam Longhurst and 3rd Crofton Park for lending us their litter pickers.

 

Put your phone down and what are you left with? Just teamwork, courage and the skills to succeed.’
Bear Grylls, Chief Scout Bear Grylls