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Waterway Cleanup Service Patch

Product Number: YS-1210M

Animal Advocate Service Patch ProgramThis 2″ embroidered iron-on patch can be awarded as part of our Animal Advocate Service Patch Program. Find out more about this program.


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See the suggested requirements for earning this patch.

Animal Welfare Service Program

About the Animal Welfare Service Patch Program from Youth Strong

Who can earn these patches and pins?
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 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. More experienced achievers can earn the Delegate pins.

Water way Cleanup PatchThis Waterway Cleanup Patch is part of our  “Friend” level patches which are the easiest to earn. They are geared toward younger achievers such as Daisies* and Tiger Cubs but are also suitable for achievers who can only invest a small amount of time but are concerned with animal welfare.

How can someone earn this patch?
Complete the first three requirements below. The fourth requirement is an optional activity designed to engage younger achievers.

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 Waterway Cleanup Patch patch can be earned in two to three hours.

Waterway Cleanup Patch Program Suggested Requirements

Downstream River TraceRequirement 1: Locate a Local Waterway on a Map

A waterway is a river or canal that flows into larger body of water such as a lake or ocean. Take a look at your area on a map and locate the waterways. This map will even show you which way the water flows. Where does your local waterway end? If it merges with another river, continue tracing it until it reaches a large body of water. If a plastic bag ends up in your waterway where do you think it will end up?

Waterway Cleanup Service Patch Coloring PageLitter is ugly, but it is also dangerous. Birds and fish can get caught in plastic bags and nets. They also end up eating the tiny bits of plastic that break up over the years.

Younger achievers can download and color this worksheet. 



River BankRequirement 2: Visit a Local Waterway

Visit your local waterway. Take a look around. You might consider taking a hike and enjoying the scenery.

Things to Look For:

  • What kind of plants and animals do you see?
  • What kind of plants and animals might be there that you don’t see?
  • Is there any litter?
  • If there is litter, what would you need to clean it up?


River Bank Clean UpRequirement 3: Participate in a Waterway Cleanup

Think about the waterway you visited. Does it need to be cleaned up?

Choose one idea below:

  • Cleanup around the waterway that you visited.
  • Choose of different body of water to cleanup such as a stream, a beach or a lake.
  • Participate in an organized waterway clean up. Helpful Links: National River CleanupCoastal Cleanup


service-patch-waterway-worksheetRequirement 4: Worksheet for Younger Achievers (Optional)

Download and complete our “Friend of Sea Life” worksheet.



Sea Life Protector Service Patch ProgramOnce you’ve earned this patch, you may want to earn our Sea Life Protector Patch.

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Weight.1 lbs
Dimensions1 × 1 × 1 in


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