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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Top image: Learning about daily tick checks | Bottom image: Tick identification