By The Capistrano Dispatch

Bridget Lanigan earned the highest honor in Girl Scouts, the Gold Award, and was honored by the City Council Tuesday, April 17.

Lanigan has been an active member of Girl Scout Troop 379 from the first- through 11th-grades. She completed her Gold Award work October 23, and the Girl Scouts Council of Orange County approved her Gold Award on December 7.

Lanigan’s Gold Award project was to design and develop an educational space and curriculum at The Ecology Center called the Shelter Lab. Under the guidance of project adviser Evan Marks, the Girl Scout logged 108 hours. She researched the traditions and habits of Native Americans and worked to reproduce those relationships to native plants and their provisions of the basic need of shelter. In the process, Lanigan planted useful native plants, built a debris hut, a fire pit, a solar still and an observation bench as parts of the Shelter Lab.

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