Lake George Girl Scouts find a balance

LAKE GEORGE - Scouting in Lake George involves a mixture of community service work and some adventurous travel, scout leader Cathy O'Brien said this week.

Seven senior Girl Scouts, all in the 10th grade, will be tackling various community-oriented projects as they focus on earning their Gold awards.

The projects now under consideration by the scouters include painting the solar system mural on a local playground blacktop, and creating a butterfly garden there.

Last fall, the scouts renovated the school's nature trail by clearing several truckloads of brush surrounding it, spreading large quantities of mulch on the path, and beautifying its entrance with perennial plants.

This year, the scouts may upgrade a lean-to at the trail's entrance.

A highlight of the past year for the Lake George Girl Scouts was a trip to Boston, which included walking a portion of the Freedom Trail, visiting the New England Aquarium, visiting landmarks, viewing an I-max movie and experiencing a performance of the Blue Man Group.

The 10th grade senior scouts - Kacey O'Brien Cassidy Woods, Taylor Fallas, Courtney Mastrodomenico, Morgan Jenkins, Reagen Morehouse, and Amanda Sander - are planning a trip together, and it will be the last in their long scouting careers. They are now considering a trip to the Caribbean, perhaps to Aruba, or Jamaica, O'Brien said. The six junior-high Cadet Scouts - Kellie O'Brien, Megan Mastrodomenico, Brittany Hunt, Paige Edwards, Leighann Bulich, and Tiara Palazzo - are planning a Girl Scouts' celebration at the Great Escape in June, as they work toward their Silver award status.

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