MILLBURN, NJ — Over the weekend, Girl Scouts from Troop 20265 in Millburn spent their time keeping part of the South Mountain Reservation free of debris.

As Jim McKenna, the organization representative for the troop explained in an email interview that the project is a requirement for the girls.

"The girls must complete a journey as one of the requirements to earning the bronze award,"McKenna said. "They chose to complete the outdoor journey which requires earning three badges and conducting a take action project. This conservation hike that one of the requirements for one of the badges."

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McKenna also said that the group cleared two large garbage bags full of trash from the Lenape and Rahway trails. He mentioned that this was not the final step from the group when it came to the environment.

"The next step for the girls as they complete their bronze award is to conduct to take action project but will have a bigger and lasting impact on the environment," McKenna said. "Scouts have selected a bags to benchers project where they will collect 1000 single use plastic bags, like those you get from supermarkets, and transform these bags into a bench for public use."