The UGA Skidaway Marine Science Campus is a little cleaner, thanks to the Boy Scouts of Skidaway Troop 57. On Saturday, April 27, the scouts collected trash and debris from the Groves Creek section of the campus. The area is very popular with fishermen who drop their hooks from a bluff overlooking Groves Creek.
In addition to small pieces of paper and plastic, the scouts also collected a number of larger pieces, including a hot water heater.
The project was a “conservation related” service project by the troop. Boy Scouts of America rank advancement requires service hours as the scouts get closer to Eagle Scout, and half of those hours must be conservation related. In addition to the three hours picking up marine debris along Groves Creek, the other scouts from the troop were volunteering at Skidaway Presbyterian Church for the paper shredding event to benefit Safe Shelter.
One of Troop 57’s leaders is UGA Skidaway Institute director of facilities and grounds Chuck Hartman.