Local scouts help save honey bees

Members of Girl Scout Troop 1376 pictured with Trappe Town Planning Commission Member Brian Schmidt are, from left, Violet Masone, Maddie Biringer, Madi Fisher, McKenna Brach, Betsy Dongarra, Caroline Cordeiro and Madison Finein. The scouts wore their Girl Scout bandannas for protection during their honeybee garden planting event; then they wore a traditional tie around the neck for the photo.

TRAPPE — Last fall, Girl Scouts from Troop 1376 started putting their heads together to think of something they could do that would change the world after completing the Girl Scout Journey “It’s Your World — Change It” Agent of Change.

A journey is a detailed Girl Scout lesson from the Girl Scout Handbook that the scouts are required to continue on to be able to earn a Bronze Award, according to Troop Leader Victoria Milhollan. The scouts come from Trappe, Cordova and Easton.

After one of the scouts saw a show on the Discovery Channel about honeybees, the troop members decided to get involved. They came up with a plan to find a local park that needed a flower garden.

Thanks to the Trappe Town Council, the girls were welcomed to complete their project in Nace’s Park. Over several months the girls learned about honeybees, spent time educating others and even campaigned with a “Save the Honeybee” coloring sheet that would eventually be sent to Gov. Larry Hogan to let him know how much they care about bees and bee laws.

The girls were successful in having nearly 500 bee sheets colored by friends, family, Easton’s Mayor Robert Willey, the town council and local politicians to send to the governor’s office.

In addition to the flower garden the troop made a “Bee Free” mosaic that White Marsh Elementary School has agreed to place in their library with bee books around it for students to check out.

Over the summer the girls made a Save the Bee scavenger hunt throughout the town of Trappe that local business owners got involved in by displaying their bees.

“The girls are extremely proud of their flower garden and were able to add a unique bee house handmade by a member with her uncle, hoping that the garden will attract bees for years to come,” Milhollan said.

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