Making compost

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You as the Scouter will need to guide the Cub on this activity. You will need to show them how to make compost either in their garden, or if they do not have a big garden they can make it in a shoe box or a bin.

Here are some ideas:

Food scraps and garden waste currently make up 20 to 30 percent of what we throw away, and should be composted instead. All composting requires three basic ingredients:

  • Browns: This includes materials such as dead leaves, branches and twigs.
  • Greens: This includes materials such as grass clippings, vegetable waste, fruit scraps and coffee grounds.
  • Water: Having the right amount of water, greens and browns is important for compost development.

Your compost pile should have an equal amount of browns to greens. You should also alternate layers of organic materials of different-sized particles. The brown materials provide carbon for your compost, the green materials provide nitrogen and the water provides moisture to help break down the organic matter.

From the Pack Scouter's Workbook

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