There is a hardcore throw down taking place this very second in Woodcraft Camp.
But this street battle among the campers involves plastic bottle caps. And those caps are being thrown down into converted pickle barrels to help the Town of Culver.
This summer Woodcraft is participating in the town-wide initiative “Caps for Culver” to promote sustainable choices. The project aims to collect plastic caps from a variety of items: water bottles, milk jugs, hairspray bottles, and food containers. Any plastic lid under eight inches in diameter qualifies. The lids cannot contain any metal.
The effort was started by Becca Pazin, the executive director of Culver and Lake Maxinkuckee Visitor Center, and is supported by the Marshall County Recycle Depot. The bottle cap program has worked its way into many facets of the community. Throughout the year, many local businesses, like Park ‘N Shop and Culver Coffee Company, as well as Culver Community Schools have heavily supported the effort. As the summer welcomes new members into the community, Woodcraft naturally became an ideal candidate for maximizing the progression of this project.
I think it’s a really fun idea and it gets kids to recycle.
Facilitated by Culver’s Sustainability summer interns, Madi Berman ’15, Regina Padilla ’15, and Julia Smith ’17, “Caps for Culver” has been woven into Woodcraft’s itinerary, now taking form as a camp-wide competition among the Cubs, Butterflies, Cardinals, and Beavers. Each group will collect as many suitable caps that might qualify them for the winning title. As end of camp nears, the barrels will be weighed and the group with the heaviest barrel will receive an ice cream party.
The bottle caps will then by recycled through the Marshall County Recycling Depot and Green Tree Plastics, where they will be turned into benches that will decorate the Culver Town Park. It takes 400 pounds of caps to generate one bench.
Campers and counselors have shown a lively excitement for this project, as camp naturally hosts a love for close competition.
Lucy Burk, a Cardinal from C3, said, “I think it’s a really fun idea and it gets kids to recycle.”
The form of this competition also calls for teamwork among normal competitors. Butterfly Ellie Campell enjoys that “the Butterfly units are all working together. I feel like that’s good because in most other cases, the Butterfly units see to each other as enemies.”
While the competitive element creates a natural incentive for participation, campers also recognize the greater impact. Drum and Bugle Corps’ Max Gifford says, “I think it’s really important. It helps preserve the greatness of Culver, and just helps with recycling.”
Woodcrafters see this as a great opportunity to mindfully care for their environment. With this enthusiasm, many are looking forward to the outcome. Stay tuned for more.