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"Ick....Ticks!" Girl Scouts Learn How To Protect Themselves And Earn Tick Control Awareness Patch

Date: 10.05.2009

Girl Scout Patch for Tick Control Awareness

There were more than a few "eww"s and "ick"s from participating Girl Scouts of Blackstone Valley Mass. during a Fall Fun Day on September 20, 2009 but more importantly the girls learned steps to protect themselves from tick bites and disease. Over 75 Girl Scouts earned a Tick Control Awareness patch. The patch, which was launched last year as a partnership between the Girls Scouts and the TickEncounter Resource Center, provides tick-awareness information and activities for all levels of Girl Scouts. The TERC outreach team, led by Erin Rainone and Megan Dyer , were on hand at Camp Cookie along with a few URI students to lead a variety of interactive learning activities required to earn the patch. The girls, and their troop leaders, learned numerous tick-bite prevention techniques including how to identify different species of tick, how to spot ticks on their clothes and what to do if they find a tick on themselves, family or fellow troop member.

Additional information as well as the patch requirements can be obtained by emailing the TickEncounter Resource Center at terc@uri.edu.

Girl Scout Patch for Tick Control Awareness Girl Scout Patch for Tick Control Awareness

Top image: Learning about daily tick checks | Bottom image: Tick identification