Scouts Can Earn a "Take Care of Texas" Award

Take Care of Texas
Boy scout sash with award patches

Did you know that Take Care of Texas has a patch for participating Girl Scout and Boy Scout councils?

The Take Care of Texas Award recognizes scouts who are doing their part to conserve water and energy, keep our air and water clean, and reduce waste. The award shows that the scout is committed to both learning and educating others on how we can keep our state great.

Girl Scouts

Patch Requirements

Check out the selection of activities that scouts can choose from when earning a patch. There are a lot of options!

  • Daisy: Complete five activities from the activity list.
  • Brownie: Complete eight activities from the activity list.
  • Junior: Complete ten activities from the activity list plus two community service hours of conservation work. Examples include park/school clean-ups, removing invasive species, and planting trees.
  • Cadettes/Seniors/Ambassadors: Complete twelve activities from the activity list plus a conservation project/presentation relating to the Take Care of Texas mission. See the activity list for more information on the project.

Participating Councils

We are always trying to expand to new councils. If you would like your council to offer the patch, email

Boy Scouts

Patch Requirements

  1. Merit Badges: Earn three merit badges in: Environmental Science, Soil and Water Conservation, Energy, Fish and Wildlife Management, Forestry, Sustainability, Gardening, Oceanography, and Plant Science.
  2. Community Service Hours: In addition to the merit badges, the Scout is required to complete two hours toward a conservation project.
  3. Submit the completed patch application, signed by the scout and scoutmaster, to your local area council.

View and download the patch application here.

Pin Requirements

  1. Complete patch requirements
  2. Complete a conservation project: Scout must complete a project in line with the Take Care of Texas mission that includes at least eight hours of service.
  3. Submit a presentation: Scout must submit to TCEQ either a 7-10 photo/slide presentation or a 3-5 minute video describing the project, how it relates to the TCOT mission, and the knowledge gained from the experience.
  4. Email the completed applications, signed by the scout and the scoutmaster, to, along with your photo/slide presentation or video.

Due to current conditions in light of the COVID-19 virus, we are unable to send out the Boy Scout patches or pins at this time, though they may still be earned. Check back for updates or contact us.

View and download the pin application here.

Participating Councils

  • Capitol Area Council
  • Sam Houston Area Council
  • Bay Area Council
  • South Texas Council
  • Texas Trails Council
  • Longhorn Council
  • Three Rivers Council
  • Circle Ten Council

We are always trying to get new councils involved in our program. If you would like your council to offer the patch and pin, email

Check out these videos for inspiration:


Ve tu impacto sobre el medio ambiente durante toda tu vida y aprende cómo puedes hacer una diferencia.

Do your part

Haga Su Parte

Tome el Compromiso

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Do your part

Placa de Cuide Texas

Ordene Su Placa