Girl Scouts learn how petroleum fuels their lives

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Marathon Pipe Line employees recently took their “Petroleum Fuels My Life” youth program to a Girl Scouts Day Camp in Toledo, Ohio. In five 40-minute sessions, 230 girls at the camp learned about the petroleum industry, pipelines and safe digging.

“It’s important to give a full overview of the industry that the girls can take home and share with their families,” Damage Prevention intern Sarah Sims said. “The safety message is especially important in the summer months when their parents are working on projects outside, and making sure they call 811 when doing any kind of digging.”

The activities during the program included a pipeline experiment that puts a focus on the efficiency and safety of pipelines. Campers transferred water from one cup to another cup using a spoon, making sure not to spill any water. Then, they used a pipeline, which demonstrated how fast and safe pipelines are at transporting liquid products. The older campers got a chance to build their own pipeline using straws, with an emphasis on not spilling one drop.

“Marathon has been a wonderful partner in supporting the Girl Scouts’ goal of giving girls a strong STEM experience,” Natalie Vorst, Girl Scouts of Western Ohio said. “Each Marathon volunteer was not only welcoming and knowledgeable, but they also gave the girls a new perspective on protecting the environment along with practical resources like 811.”

Other activities at the camp included guessing what everyday items are made from petroleum; seeing how petroleum is used in M&M’s candy; and battling to unscramble an 811 message.

Each session wrapped up with an 811 obstacle course where campers zigzagged through cones, ran over a rope ladder and jumped over hoops to grab a utility flag marker.

“The Girl Scouts of Western Ohio looks forward to a continued strong partnership with Marathon,” said Vorst.