Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Times-Tribune: Teen Girl Scout Earns Silver Award With Trail Project In Lackawanna County

On November 4, the Scranton Times-Tribune published a profile of 13-year-old Hannah Puttcamp by Gia Mazure, a Girl Scout to earn the Girl Scouts’ Silver Award for community service by building a section of the Tunnel Trail in Lackawanna State Park in Lackawanna County.  Here’s the beginning of the article--

Hannah Puttcamp never slows down.
The 13-year-old Waverly Twp. resident quells her adventurous spirit through a variety of sports and activities, including softball; field hockey; tap, jazz and lyrical dance; skiing; Girl Scouts and mountain biking with her co-ed team, Keystone Composite.
Most recently, she flexed her leadership skills through a project in which she spent 50 hours building a section of the Tunnel Trail at Lackawanna State Park, North Abington Twp.
This project fulfilled requirements for the Girl Scouts’ Silver Award as well as moved Hannah a step closer to Teen Trail Corps captain status, achievable through advocacy work, leadership and skill-building through the National Interscholastic Cycling Association and International Mountain Biking Association.
“I was trying to get my Silver Award, and (the requirements were) to make the community better and be something that everyone could use or benefit from,” the Abington Heights Middle School eighth-grader said on a recent afternoon along the trail she built. “I obviously care about the trail and use it, and it’s something everyone in the community could use, so why not? As I was doing the work, we realized most of the hours could count toward Teen Trail Captain. It just made sense.”
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[Editor’s Note: Puttcamp’s initiatives parallel projects undertaken by Peter Livengood, a 12th Grade student and Boy Scout from Ohiopyle, Fayette County to earn the Boy Scout’s William T. Hornaday Silver Award.  These stories and others from DCNR’s PA Outdoor Corps are inspiring examples of how young people all across Pennsylvania are actively working to protect and restore the environment.]

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