By Melanie Petrucci, Senior Community Reporter
Cambridge/Shrewsbury – Pravin Trivedi of Shrewsbury is a proud grandfather. His granddaughter Kavita Trivedi, 15, of Cambridge, is among the first class of female Eagle Scouts in the Boy Scouts of America (Scouts BSA). Kavita is a member of Cambridge-based Troop 56 and recently passed her Eagle Scout Board of Review.
She is the daughter of Trivedi’s son Hitesh and Sue Kriegsman and is a sophomore at the Cambridge Rindge and Latin School.
“My father was a teacher. He was also a scout master. He used to take his troop hiking and camping in the woods…,” Trivedi remarked in an email. “So, imagine my delight and pride when my granddaughter gets to be an Eagle! You cannot get me off the clouds that I have been on for the past few days.”
Kavita earned the Scouts’ highest rank with a video project called “Urban Leave No Trace” for the nonprofit group ABC (formerly the Agassiz Baldwin Community), a nonprofit that provides programs for children, elders and those in need.
“I chose to do my project on Leave No Trace in an Urban Environment because I wanted to teach youth the skills I have learned. My initial plan was to create an in-person, hands-on, curriculum for youth at the local community organization,” Kavita shared. “COVID-19 changed my plans, so I ended up working with Scouts, family, and friends to create videos and posting them on YouTube which opens the learning opportunity more broadly.”
Jessica Leach, children’s program coordinator at ABC, praised the project, saying “More of us are enjoying the outdoors than ever before, especially young people who are often extra curious about their surroundings. I think Kavita’s approach of applying her conservation knowledge to an urban environment encourages and celebrates that curiosity….”
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