BroomeQuest: Girl Scout's mission to lift Broome County

By Perry Russom

June 16, 2013 Updated Jun 18, 2013 at 12:57 AM EDT

Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton) After a 2011 survey reported Binghamton was the most depressing city in the country, McGinnis Miller didn't believe it.

"I just hope people realize Broome County is a great place to live," said Miller.

The ninth-grader mixed her love of nature and Broome County by creating BroomeQuest -- a family friendly scavenger hunt.

The quest tours hikers through the county trails while combining fitness with local history. The hope is to keep the county fit and informed.

Throughout the county, 25 small boxes are hidden on trails. Inside the box is a log book and a stamp.

Miller said each hidden stamp has an emblem that celebrates the county's history.

"It's great to be out in nature and you can also find the BroomeQuest that show something great about Broome County," said Miller.

For example, one stamp has a carousel horse emblem, honoring the Carousel Capital of the World.

She earned the highest honor from the Girl Scouts of the USA for the project: The Gold Award.

Since November, more than 500 hikers have taken part in BroomeQuest totaling more than 1,000 miles traveled.

"It helps people's health to be walking more and it also helps the parks get used more," said Miller.

As the weather starts to warm, Miller said she expects more hikers to take part in her quest.

Click here for more information on BroomeQuest

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