Panama City, FL –
SANTA ROSA BEACH, Fla. (WMBB) – A local Boy Scout troop has received a prestigious award for their conservation efforts in Walton County.
In 2019, Troop 562 embarked on a mission to clean up parts of Grayton Beach National Park, ultimately removing a few hundred yards of an old boardwalk.
“We hauled all that wood to the dumpsters and everything. Now there is no sign of the old promenade. There is a new promenade which was recently built and there is no rubbish or wood, ”said Brighton Cardenas, the head of the troops.
The troop totaled over 170 hours in total to restore the land around Western Lake.
“It’s great for these guys to be able to go out into the community, do service projects, and then be recognized with a national award is very special to us,” said Brian Farmer, Master Scout.
Their hard work in the park has earned them the WT Hornaday Distinguished Conservation Service Unit award.
“It goes to a troop that has over 60% ownership in a local conservation or environmental service project,” Farmer said.
Troop leaders say receiving the award is unusual.
“It’s very rare. Only 25 Soldiers won this award last year across the United States, ”said Samantha McInnis, vice president of membership on the Gulf Coast Council.
Troop 562 is only the second Gulf Coast Council Troop to receive the award in the past 80 years.
“It’s a good feeling because you know you’ve made a difference in the environment and with what everyone else can do,” Cardenas said.
Scouts celebrated this achievement with their friends and family at St. Rita Parish on Monday evening.
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