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Girl Scout Troop Teaches Residents about “The Human Footprint” to Earn Bronze Award

Junior Girl Scout Troop 96330 received their Bronze Award at an outdoor ceremony earlier this month.

Union County, NJ – Berkeley Heights Junior Girl Scout Troop 96330 prepared a video presentation about environmental awareness entitled “The Human Footprint.” This project helped them earn the Bronze Award, the highest award a Junior Girl Scout can achieve.  While maintaining social distancing, the Junior Girl Scouts proudly received their Bronze Award on June 15 during an outdoor ceremony.

“The Freeholder Board is proud to congratulate Troop 96330 on achieving the Bronze Award, in recognition of the effort they made to reach out to the community as a team,” said Freeholder Chairman Alexander Mirabella. “I encourage everyone to take a look at The Human Footprint and learn how they can take steps to reduce their impact on the environment in our community and beyond.”

The group was scheduled to present their project in person at Union County’s Trailside Nature and Science Center in Mountainside, as part of the 50th anniversary celebration of Earth Day at the County’s annual Wild Earth Fest event in April. However, Wild Earth Fest was canceled due to the COVID-19 outbreak. In order to share their findings with others, the girls prepared a video presentation, which can be viewed online through the Trailside home page at

As part of their project, the scouts learned about pollution, global warming and deforestation. Each participant chose a different animal and taught viewers about the negative environmental impacts that particular animal is facing.

Through the use of dioramas, posters and puppets, the girls offered ways that residents could help reduce their impact on the environment. The suggestions include reducing the use of single-use plastics, using less fossil fuels and properly disposing of trash. Their findings teach viewers that even small changes can have an impact.

Trailside Nature and Science Center is located at 452 New Providence Road in Mountainside and is a service of the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

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