Red Ribbon Week October 23-31st

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The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) would like to invite Scouts everywhere to join Red Ribbon Week Boy Scout Patch Initiative to encourage and support Scouts who wish to recognize the efforts that have been made to educate youth about the dangers of drug abuse.

Red Ribbon Week was established in memory of the sacrifices made to help keep our youth drug free, but also to celebrate the possibilities of a drug-free life. October 23rd to October 31st, Red Ribbon Week is a national celebration promoting youth education on the dangers of substance abuse.

DEA would like to expand the efforts of the more than 5,000 Scouts who have historically joined with DEA in sharing with other youth and members of their respective communities the drug-free message of Red Ribbon Week. To help accomplish this, DEA has designed and will make available 15,000 patches for interested Scout Units. Troop Leaders interested in securing a patch for their Scouts can find out more information about the Red Ribbon Week Boy Scout Patch Initiative by visiting Here you can find further information about Red Ribbon Week, as well as a few ideas on how you can use this patch as a platform to discuss community leadership and making healthy choices.