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Girl Scouts make touchless hand washing station

Two Girl Scout Juniors of Girl Scout Troop 51198 of Marietta, Ohio made a Touchless Hand Washing Station for Broughton’s Nature Preserve. Girl Scouts of America has different levels depending on school grade. Starting at the youngest, Daisies, the girls advance to Brownies, Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassador. This project was completed by Josie Jeffrey and Annalyn Warner to earn their Bronze Award as Juniors. Like a badge, the Bronze Award is something Girl Scouts must earn. To get the Bronze Award the girls are required to spend at least twenty hours on a project that will make an everlasting difference. With the permission of Broughton’s Nature Preserve, they decided to make a hand washing station to be located at the Preserve where the public can use it. Because of the pandemic, the girls decided a touchless hand washing station would be best.

They were inspired by the touchless hand washing station made by Ben Bradley at The ReStore in Vienna, with directions posted on YouTube. The girls spent many hours on this project and received help and donated supplies from Mr. Bradley, Apex True Value, and the Marietta Adventure Company. The girls also received help with planning and making the hand wash station from their parents and their troop leader. The hand washing station is made of wood and the top of an old sink. It also has a door and two-gallon buckets. As well as a spigot and a caliper bike break.

How it works: to use the touchless hand washing station you must put water in the top bucket. To activate the water, you must push the bike brake handle with your knee. Liquid hand soap is provided. To turn off the water simply release the pressure of the bike break. Shake hands dry. You are more than welcome to use your own soap, towels, etc.

The girls delivered the hand wash station to George Broughton at Broughton’s Nature Preserve on Dec. 18 andl demonstrated how it works at that time.

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