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Tishomingo NFH Aids Boy Scouts
Southwest Region, June 30, 2006
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Once again this year, Boy Scouts are touring the Tishomingo National Fish Hatchery to earn their badges.  The local Slippery Falls Boy Scout Camp contacted the Hatchery to discuss the possibility of utilizing the Hatchery as a means of earning some of the more difficult merit badges.  The camp, which is located within 10 miles of the Hatchery, began bringing 15 to 20 Boy Scouts per tour, varying in age from 10 to 15 years old, from hometowns in Texas, Missouri, and Oklahoma.  The Camp is open for six-weeks during the summer; different groups are given tours of the Hatchery two or three times per week with the emphasis of the tour on the knowledge necessary for their particular badge.  These Scouts earn badges in Fisheries Management, National Citizenship, Conservation and the Environment, and Federal Facilities, and Chemistry.  Interesting displays help them learn about fish culture of species of concern and sportfish, possibly leading to the pursuit of careers with the US Fish and Wildlife Service or in scientific research in the private sector. 

Contact Info: Martin Valdez, 505-248-6599, martin_valdez@fws.gov



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