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Boy Scouts clean up Loop 360 Christmas decorations

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Seeing Christmas decorations throughout the month of December is common...but what about in the middle of January?

Troop 30 "Life" Scout Nick Kneupper was driving along Loop 360 one day and noticed the leftover holiday cheer and decided to clean it up -- not that he's against decorating the trees in the first place.

"Personally, I like it.  I think it's a really festive way to show your Christmas spirit but after Christmas and certainly after New Years it just becomes...it stops being decoration, it's just litter after that point," he said.

Kneupper brought his whole troop with him -- along with two other troops -- 70 and 990.

TXDOT helped them out by giving them safety vests and "Don't Mess With Texas" trash bags.

He says the tinsel and broken glass aren't good for the environment or the wildlife.  And the weather often blows all of it around.

"A tree that was decorated over there -- the decorations are like way over there," Kneupper said.

Troop 30 scoutmaster Scott Hunicke-Smith loved Nick's idea.

"Yeah this was his idea and it's perfect.  You know, the big things in scouting, we're trying to teach them to be good citizens, to be leaders, to have good character and to take care of their mental and physical health," Hunicke-Smith said.

Since the scouts were doing cleaning in high up and hard to reach spots, sometimes it's best to wear a rope -- like Nick Craig from Troop 70.

"This tree's on the edge so I have to get down low and kind of...I guess you could say kind of lean back so I can get low to the ground," Craig said.

"Where they get close to the cliff faces, we've got to put them in harnesses, they've got to be of a certain age, a certain skill level, that sort of thing.  And that puts them out so that we can do this safely where the general public might not be able to do it safely," Hunicke-Smith said.

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