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Scouts: Scooping Up the Wrigley Worms

posted 2 Apr 2011, 08:34 by Stephen Harrison   [ updated 21 Aug 2013, 14:58 ]
This week Scouts from 3rd Washington literally opened a can of worms as part of our global challenge themed programme. Scouts are challenged to look after and feed their wormery for the next few weeks.

Wormeries are environmentally friendly as the worms break down organic matter such as vegetable peelings which would otherwise go to landfill. Our home made wormeries have transparent sides, so over time Scouts will be able to see the tracks in the soil where the worms have tunnelled upwards to reach the food. After a fortnight, the worms will have broken down a large amount of the food and the soil that is left in the wormery will be nutrient rich. We've used tiger worms which like a variety of food, but not too much citreous fruit.

Scouts particularly enjoyed the part of the activity when they got to touch the worms as they added them to the wormery, although there was some shrieking as the worms wriggled. At the end of the night, Scouts took their creations home to the delight (and suprise) of their parents.

Through our balanced programme, our young people are challenged to think about the world around them and to make a positive contribution to the society that we live in. Find out more about Scouts at 3rd Washington.