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Who can earn these patches?
Anyone who is concerned with the welfare of animals. This program is designed to be flexible for anyone and any group including Girl Scouts*, Boy Scouts, youth groups, families and individuals. Patches can be earned with multi-levels and are based on ability and time invested – not necessarily the age of the achiever. You can progress through the patch levels — Friend, Volunteer, Advocate — earning one patch per year or choose to do them in a series culminating in a larger service project. Those who choose to do so can complete all five areas of interest — Birds, Pets, Habitats, Sea Life, Endangered — and earn the Animal Welfare Service Patch.
This Sea Life Advocate Service Patch is part of our “Advocate” level patches. This level of our patch program provides an opportunity for achievers to reach out into their community to get others involved. Program organizers can give these patches for recognition or they can be earned by completing requirements one to four below. This level is best for teens to adults and for younger children to complete with a parent or mentor. It is a natural progression from our “Volunteer” level patches, for troops of teen scouts and teen youth groups as well as individual teens and adults.
Can this patch be earned other ways?
Yes. Based on your geographic area and the ability of the achiever, other requirements may be more suitable. Use your own judgement for what is best for your group.
How much time does it take to earn this patch?
Generally, our Sea Life Advocate Patch can be earned in four to eight hours but consider making a regular commitment to advocate for marine life.
Sea Life Advocate Patch Program Suggested Requirements
Completing the Sea Life Protector Patch Program is a suggested prerequisite for earning your Sea Life Advocate Patch. Your volunteer experience will provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to advocate for sea life. You can also opt to complete the volunteer requirements during your advocacy project.
Requirement 1: Choose a Sea Life Issue to Advocate For
- Learn what marine species are now threatened or endangered. Helpful link: Species Directory
- Are there threatened or endangered marine species in your area? Helpful Link: U.S. Threatened or Endangered Species by County
- Learn about marine souvenirs: Helpful Link: 5 Souvenirs to Never Buy
- Learn more about local sustainable seafood. Helpful Link: Seafood Recommendation
- Find out about marine poaching. Helpful Link: Helpful link: Illegal Activities on the Ocean
- What causes a species to go extinct? Helpful link: How does extinction happen?
- Learn how to reduce your community’s carbon footprint. Helpful Link: Reduce your community’s carbon footprint.
- Learn more about the trash in the ocean: Helpful Links: Where does marine trash come from? How long does it take for trash to decompose?
Based on your discussion, what Sea Life issue will you advocate for? Some ideas:
- Reduce the use of plastic in your neighborhood.
- Get more volunteers for a clean up.
- Raise money for a sea life issue (your organization may not allow you to raise funds, check first.)
- Educate people about the waterways in your area.
Requirement 2: Plan and Carry Out an Advocacy Program
Now that you’ve chosen your issue to advocate for it’s time to get started. Helpful link: How to Advocate for your Cause
Who do want to reach? Some ideas:
- Your Family
- Your Neighbors
- Politicians — Helpful links:
How to contact your elected officials, How to advocate for endangered species.
- Your Classmates
- Your Fellow Worshipers
- Other Groups or Organizations
How will you reach them? Some ideas:
- Talk to them. Consider wearing a button as a conversation starter.
- Hand out flyers. Consider setting up a booth to collect donations if allowed.
- Hang tags on doors and mail boxes.
- Make posters.
- Reach out with social media such as Facebook.
- Send a press release to your local newspaper or school newspaper. Helpful link: How to write a press release.
Requirement 3: Thank Your Community
Always remember to thank those who helped those who helped with your advocacy program.
Ways to say Thank You:
- Personally thank individuals and businesses who helped. A hand written letter is always nice. Helpful link: How to write a thank you letter.
- Give certificates of appreciation.
- Thank the community as a whole with posters.
- Create a follow up press release and include the names of individuals and businesses who participated.
- Thank the community as a whole on social media.
Once you’ve earned this patch you may want to earn our Sea Life Delegate Pin.
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