The Girl Scouts of Junior Troop 40248 at Holy Trinity School in Westfield earned their Bronze award, the highest award a Junior Girl Scout can achieve. Earning this award requires identifying an issue in the community and completing a project to address it.

The Girl Scouts of Troop 40248 chose to focus their efforts on the humble honeybee. They researched the importance of the honeybee to our ecosystem, including a visit to an apiary in Gillette.

In order to raise awareness about honeybees and help promote them, the Scouts: assembled an educational bee box which they donated to the school science lab; handed out packets of bee-friendly wildflower seeds at their cookie booth sale in downtown Westfield; and created a bee-friendly perennial garden on their school grounds right next to the Union County Green Space.

The scouts named their project, which took over twenty hours to complete, “Bee’n Helpful.” The girls were awarded their Bronze pins at a Westfield town-wide ceremony on May 6.