For decades, scouts have worked with the South Carolina State Park Service to earn badges, and benefit the parks they utilize most.
As more scout projects are completed, we will feature them on our website. If you have recently completed a scout project at a park, ask the park ranger how you can have your project featured here.
The first recipient of the Scout Carolina Patch is Drew Moore from Boy Scout Troop #5 in Columbia, SC. Drew's Eagle Scout Project consisted of taking out an old wooden fence near the historic log cabin at Sesquicentennial State Park and replacing it with a newly-constructed, cedar rail fence. He is actually the first of five eagle scouts that will eventually work on this project.
This project not only enhances the curb appeal of this area at the park, but it also serves to keep vehicles out of certain areas and helps protect our natural resources.
Griffin Walters from Florence, SC, completed his Eagle Scout Project at Lee State Park. Griffin built a dock going out to Brown Lake at Lee. The dock, located near the primitive camping area, now provides access to a part of the park that was always too wet to access.
Girl Scout Troop 1417 visited Redcliffe Plantation State Historic Site where they completed a service project of painting posts and new signage. While they were at the park, they also completed a Junior badge requirement called "Playing the Past". This badge was met through a program designed by one of our assistant rangers and involved learning how children (both free and enslaved) lived on the plantation during Antebellum times.
On Earth Day, Girl Scout Service Unit 635 complete three projects: litter clean up on Lake Placid Trail and around the lake, clear out of a beaver dam and boot shed repair.
Thomas Young completed his Eagle Service Project by building a swing at Myrtle Beach State Park. The swing is located on the path from the campground to the pier and will be enjoyed by many park visitors for years to come.
Girl Scout Troops 1152, 1605 and 1929 joined us for Girl Scouts Love SC State Parks weekend. The troops did a lake sweep of the historic CCC built Lake Crawford at Kings Mountain State Park. Thirteen Girl Scouts also earned their “Leave No Trace” badges after learning the seven basic principles of “Leave No Trace” and assisting us with our Lake Sweep!
Emily Bohman from Troop 415 near Aiken completed her Silver Award at Aiken State Park. Emily brought books and set up a mini-library at the park for her project. This book exchange is free to the public, encourages literacy and offers literature for visitors.
Jonathan Meares from Boy Scout Troop 360 of Pawleys Island raised funds for the purchase of an AED (automated external defibrillator) for Lake Hartwell State Park. Due to the support of Jonathan and many other organizations around the state, all South Carolina state parks now have an AED.
Girl Scout Troop 439 out of Columbia, SC, camped out at Poinsett State Park and in support of the park and The Girl Scout Tree Promise Program, planted a young Flowering Dogwood. The Flowering Dogwood can grow up to 40 feet tall and live up to 80 years, ensuring that park visitors will get to enjoy the beautiful blossoms from this tree and the scouts hard work for years to come!