It’s undeniable that all critters are drawn to water to cool down from the heat and stay hydrated. Though you may consider pools and large bodies of water dangerous to their safety, Girl Scout Lego Robotics Team, RoboGirls, opened their eyes to a less obvious - but equally as threatening drowning hazard.
After spending a lot of time at Camp Four Echoes, the girls became curious about outdoor toilets and how they pose a threat to the well-being of small wildlife such as squirrels. Through research, they were able to establish that both toilets and outdoor buckets were in-fact a leading cause of death for squirrels at our Girl Scout camp property in Worley, Idaho. Girl Scout Property Manager, Lani Nachtsheim commented, “despite having signs on the stall doors that ask guests to please shut the toilet lids so that critters can’t get in, we probably have at least one squirrel drown every couple of weeks.”
Determined to do something about it, JoeAnna, Liliana, Anna, Jaylie, Kaitlyn, Betty, and Maggie put their heads together and came up with a solution on how to minimize risk and still accommodate the survival instincts of wildlife creatures at Camp Four Echoes. For only about ten cents a toilet, the girls were able to create Squirrel Safety Ladders for each of the camp’s bathrooms. “We discovered that chicken wire was a good solution because it provides a better grip than other materials,” said Maggie.
RoboGirl’s project completion was one of three compone...