BADGE WORK UPDATE: OIL UP
Scouts are asked to create their own mini oil spill, then try their hand at removing the oil from the water, sand, plant life and feathers using things like spoons, cotton, and paper towels. The cotton was most effective — but then what do you do with it?
I also tried laundry detergent (nope), hand soap (nope), and dish soap (interesting!). The long and the short of it? This is an impossible task. Short of chemical dispersants (which may completely screw up sea life), this is pretty impossible.
I look forward to speaking with a friend who actually has some expertise in the oil industry for more information, but until then: