Patch Program


The Keep Texas Beautiful Patch Program is designed to give recognition to the outstanding efforts of Scouts in their communities. Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Camp Fire youth or other youth group members may earn patches by participating in various events.


Keep Texas Beautiful's Youth Patch Program was launched and supported by the Honorable Ruthe Jackson, a founding member of KTB and councilwoman in Grand Prairie. For years Ms. Jackson fulfilled patch orders out of her home. Eventually, the state office took over the ordering and inventory duties, but through the years the program fell by the wayside.

At Ms. Jackson's urging, the Youth Committee revived the program. The committee redesigned and reordered patches, and Ms. Jackson paid for the initial inventory. She requested that KTB charge a fee for the patches in the future, so that KTB could maintain an inventory for years to come.


  • To provide the opportunity to honor Scouts for their significant contributions toward keeping Texas beautiful.
  • To educate Scouts about the Keep Texas Beautiful mission and to involve them in community activities relating to our focus areas of litter prevention, beautification and waste reduction.

America Recycles Day is the only nationally recognized day devoted to the promotion of recycling programs in the United States.

The Don't mess with Texas Trash-Off serves as Texas' signature event for the Great American Cleanup, the nation's largest community improvement program.


America Recycles Day
  • Develop a recycling project for America Recycles Day that involves your whole troop.
  • Educate students with recycling activities and games.
  • Collect recyclables at tailgates, games or other sports related events.
  • Create a poster that informs others of what you can and cannot recycle in your school or community.
  • Develop a social media account that is specifically dedicated to informing others on recycling.
  • Start a recycling poster competition at your school.
Don't mess with Texas Trash-Off
  • Organize your own Don't mess with Texas Trash-Off event, or find an event in your community and volunteer.
  • Adopt and maintain a two mile stretch of highway through the Adopt-a-Highway program.
  • Submit artwork in the Don't mess with Texas Art Contest.
  • Adopt a park or other area in your community where you can install signs informing others of the harmful effects of littering. 
  • Plant native trees and plants and install signs informing others what species they are.
  • Develop a help maintain a community garden.
  • Build a nature trail for use as an outdoor classroom or for community enjoyment.
  • Educate your community members about the expenses of littering.
  • Gather in a park or neighborhood and have a trash-pick up walk.
  • Paint an appropriate trash can and donate it to your park or community.
  • Plant trees in your community.
  • Start an anti-litter event or organization at your school.
  • Take your classmates on a nature walk, demonstrating the importance of conserving natural resources.

Download the Patch Order Form and return it to us via email at or fax to (512) 478-2640.

PatchUnit Cost for 1-49Unit Cost for 50-499Unit Cost for 500-1000
America Recycles Day$1.00$0.95$0.90
Don't Mess with Texas Trash-Off$0.75$0.70$0.65