KANSAS CITY, Mo. (CBS St. Louis/AP) – A Kansas City Boy Scout troop might have earned an extra merit badge during an unusual campout this fall.

Jackson County authorities say the troop found a marijuana growing operation while camping on county parkland and alerted authorities.

The Kansas City Star reported Wednesday that law enforcement didn’t release details of the discovery until recently and won’t name the troop because the investigation is ongoing.

Still, Jackson County Sheriff Mike Sharp recently awarded the troop a commendation and thanked it for contributing to the destruction of marijuana plants worth about $40,000.

“They did the right thing,” Dan Cummings, an Independence police captain who leads the Jackson County Drug Task Force told the paper.

Some troop members found the plants growing while walking on a trail at Longview Lake in September. Five people at the site ran. Two were arrested but later released and police are looking for the other three.

“It was obvious this wasn’t wild ditch weed,” Cummings added to the Star. “There are some budding detectives there. Maybe I should offer them jobs.”

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