Seven young ladies from Girl Scout Junior Troop 1542 set out to set up a community garden on Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune Sunday, April 28. The effort was the final requirement necessary for the girls to earn their Bronze Award, the highest award offered to Junior Girl Scouts.

Earning the Bronze Award has been a long term goal for Troop 1542. Members have been working on satisfying the requirements for it since October. The girls of Troop 1542 are all military dependents who live on MCB Camp Lejeune.

After exploring several suggestions from the scouts on how to better the area, Troop 1542 decided the best way to help would be a community garden. Prior to planting the garden the girls took a field trip to the county extension to learn about plants and gardening. That knowledge was applied to grow seedlings for the community garden. The only step that remained was patiently waiting for a warm spring day to transplant them into their community garden which the troop finally got a chance to do on Sunday.

The new community garden is located at the Tarawa Terrace community center. The garden is open to anyone who wishes to water, weed and harvest the garden’s variety of community grown fruits and vegetables.