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Scouts Make Oyster Mats

Jul 3rd, 2014 | Category: Blogs, Oyster Restoration News, Shoreline Restoration News

CubScouts2Cub Scouts in Deltona recently learned about oyster mat-making with hands-on experience during a Cub Scout summer camp held at Four Towns Community Church. The scouts helped construct oyster mats as a part of their efforts to earn scouting merit badges.

A total of 54 Cub Scouts ages 7-10, including Webelos in grades 4 and 5, participated in the oyster mat-making sessions. The youngsters made 29 oyster mats and learned how oysters are beneficial in estuaries, as well as how oysters help stabilize shorelines and filter water. Older Boy Scouts also were present to  guide the Cub Scouts to the different sessions of mat-making and assisted the boys with the construction of the mats.

If you have a group that wants to get involved in the oyster recycling efforts, contact the Marine Discovery Center at 428-4828 or e-mail Annie@marinediscoverycenter.org.

Our next mat-making event is Saturday, July 5th from 9am – 1pm. This event is free and open to the public, no RSVP or experience required. Come lend a hand to make oyster mats using recycled oyster shells from local seafood restaurants. CubScouts1