Westlake Girl Scout achieves silver award with nature badge project

Katie Cirincione with one of the "badge backpacks" she revamped as part of her Silver Award project.

Katie Cirincione, a sixth-grader at Parkside Intermediate School in Westlake, just completed the Silver Award, which is the second-highest award in Girl Scouting.

Her project involved revamping three Junior Girl Scout "badge backpacks" at Lake Erie Nature & Science Center. Over the past few years, Girl Scout badges and requirements have changed. Katie saw the need to update the backpacks to meet current requirements for the detective, gardener and animal habitats badges.

She spent 50 hours over seven months working on this project. She also purchased and donated badges for the project. When a Girl Scout comes to Lake Erie Nature & Science Center, she may check out a backpack (for a fee), do the enclosed step-by-step requirements at the Center (usually in an hour or so) and receive the patch.

Katie thought of and presented her project at a critical time for the Center. Redoing the backpacks was not in the budget this year for the Center. Katie hopes that any current and future Junior Girl Scouts (grades 4 and 5) will be able to take advantage of this easy, drop-in program.

Katie has been in Scouting for five years and is currently a Cadette in Troop 989 in North Olmsted, under the leadership of Nel Bratton.

To schedule a time for your troop or individual Scout to reserve a backpack, or for additional information, call Carole Lynn Stradtman at Lake Erie Nature & Science Center, 440-871-2900, ext. 211. Lake Erie Nature & Science Center is located at 28728 Wolf Rd. in Bay Village.

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Volume 5, Issue 7, Posted 10:46 AM, 04.02.2013