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Girl Scouts learn and share composting fun

By Becky Richards, Troop 171 Leader

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Composting is recycling! This is what Girl Scout Junior Troop 171 of Robesonia learned, while making an indoor and outdoor compost bins for St. Paul’s United Church of Christ Church in Robesonia.

The projects were designed and built by Violet Evans, of Robesonia, and Erin Koch, of Womelsdorf, for their Girl Scout Bronze Award. Violet led the team that designed the outdoor compost bin; and Erin led the team that designed the indoor Kitchen compost bin. Their team included Megan Minacapelli, of Robesonia; Taylor Krick, of Stouchburg; Sophia Heidel, of Womelsdorf; Trinity Rhode, of Womelsdorf and Jaelynn Hollenbach, of Bernville, who earned their Junior Aide badge as first year Junior Girl Scouts.

“It was easy!,” said Erin who enjoyed learning what kinds of things could or could not be composted, like egg shells are great for compost bins.

Violet enjoyed making something that would help her community, and liked working with her team. Her report included several different options the church reviewed before selecting one that would suit their needs. Violet was impressed by the “many different ways you could build a compost bin.”

The girls helped build the projects in one night, assembling one side at a time while learning to measure and use a screwdriver to piece it together. The outdoor bin is made with cedar wood, and the indoor bin is a plastic paint container with a lid that has holes and a filter to keep out pests. The indoor bin is to collect kitchen waste that can be composted, to add to the outdoor bin. The girls are grateful for the parents (Nena Evans and Chris Koch) who helped on build night, and want to give a great big “Thank You!” to Megan Minacapelli’s brother Evan who brought his tools and carpentry skills on build night.

The troop wrapped up the projects by presenting both compost bins to the Women’s Group and church members in a presentation with Q&A on Monday, June 16. The church looks forward to putting both projects to good use.

The projects worked nicely with the troop’s Girl Scout Journey “Get Moving! It’s Your Planet- Love It!” where they leaned about the many forms of energy, and how to save energy. Quite a few of the girls have plans to make their own compost bin at home. Violet and Erin bridging up to the next level in Girl Scouts to become Cadettes this fall.