Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Girl Scouts Help Battle Cancer!



October is a special month for Girl Scouts. In addition to kicking off a new year of Girl Scouting, it's also a time to remember our founder. October 31, Juliette Gordon Low's birthday, is celebrated as Founder's Day in honor of Juliette and her work to start a scouting organization for girls in the United States.

In 1927, just 15 years after founding Girl Scouts of the USA, Low passed away from breast cancer. It is even more fitting that October is the month we celebrate Juliette's life when there is ample opportunity to pair our celebrations with Breast Cancer Awareness Month activities.

A perfect way to celebrate Juliette's life while helping raise awareness of the disease that took her from Girl Scouting too soon is by completing service projects which do just that. Here are a few ideas of Girl Scouts interested in doing so:

1. Make heart pillows for a local hospital
These pillows are designed to help ease pain and reduce swelling following breast cancer surgery and are a popular idea for Girl Scout troops. They are simple to make and many patterns can be found online with a quick search. Before completing this, be sure to check with your local hospital (or cancer support group!) to find out if they can accept this type of donation!

2. Ask a local organization what they need
There are a wide variety of organizations and groups that offer support to breast cancer patients and survivors. Many also list service project ideas for kids on their website. Is there one of these organizations in your area? Search online and find out what their specific needs are to complete a service project that makes your community a better place.

3. Earn the GSSJC Council Patch "Girl Scouts for the Cure"
Girls in GSSJC can earn the Girl Scouts for the Cure patch, designed to recognize Girl Scouts who participate in any health awareness fun run events.

How Girl Scouts can participate:
1. Cheer along the race course! Your enthusiasm will add to the excitement and festive atmosphere. Wear your uniforms, troop T-shirts or dress in pink. Bring props, such as pom poms, signs or banners, to help encourage people to get to the finish line.
2. Run or walk as an individual! Even though Girl Scouts cannot raise money for other organizations, you and your troop members can register for fun run events as individuals. There is something for everyone! Choose from a competitive run, a run/walk or a kid's run/walk.
3. Volunteer! Many people have been touched by a disease, like breast cancer, through their friends and family. By volunteering, you can help make a different in the fight against the disease!

Complete one (or all three!) of these to earn the Girl Scouts for the Cure patch. Leaders: before earning this, contact your local shop to make sure the patch is in stock! For more information, email kcavenah@sjgs.org.