Scouts learn to repair cars

BAZETTA — While they earn medals and badges for life saving and fire building, local Girl Scouts are earning medals for learning to repair and purchase cars.

Members of Girl Scout Troop 598 spent time recently at the Ohio State Driving Academy, where owner Mark Adams showed them how to check a car to make sure everything is working properly.

The car care lessons included checking tires, oil, gas and the engine. In addition, the scouts are scheduled to go to Greenwood Chevrolet to learn how to purchase a vehicle.

Barbara Rosenblum, troop leader for Troop 598, said the scouts are first earning a car care merit badge, which is a special one that scouts can receive.

“They learned about emergency equipment that needs to be kept inside a car if you ever get stopped at the side of a road in snow or for other conditions,” Rosenblum said.

She said scouts learned to check the oil and put oil in a car so that it is safe to drive.

Scout Sevan Beasley of Champion said she is familiar with oil being put in lawn mowers and other equipment and finds it is similar to checking a car.

Adams said it is important for people to check to make sure they are not burning oil in a car and that oil should be changed every 3,000 miles or six months, whatever comes first.

Adams showed the different kinds of oil to put in a car, noting synthetic oil is better for the car but once you use that kind of oil, you can’t go back to another kind.

He said when someone purchases a car, they need to know what kind of oil it uses. The car manual will tell this.

He had scouts smell different types of fluid used in cars, such as transmission fluid and coolants.

Rosenblum said the lessons were a little different than what scouts have done when they go camping or spend time in the outdoors.

She said Girl Scout awards and badges are a great way for a girls to explore interests and learn new skills — and show what they’ve accomplished.