Girl Scouts from across North Carolina will learn about healthy living and promote breast cancer health awareness during Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October. Girl Scout Daisies, Brownies, Juniors, Cadette, Seniors, and Ambassadors (girls grades K-12) will research the disease, participate in healthy living challenges, talk with survivors, and take action within their community as part of the council’s Think Pink! patch program. Creating awareness behind this disease is very important to the Girl Scout community because it was Girl Scout founder Juliette Gordon Low who created the foundation for girls to build courage, confidence, and character while making the world a better place that lost her battle to breast cancer.
Breast cancer awareness is very important within the Girl Scout community because Girl Scout founder Juliette Gordon Low died from breast cancer.
Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines Council’s Think Pink! patch program helps girls learn about the important of healthy living by participating in activities, completing service projects, and researching topics related to breast cancer awareness. With the knowledge developed through this program, girls will be able to make a difference in their community and help others to understand the importance of maintaining a healthy living.
The Council Patch Program is designed for Girl Scouts to earn patches by exploring a wide variety of topics. Each patch requires Girl Scouts to complete activities in the categories of Discover, Connect, and Take Action, which are the three keys to leadership central to all Girl Scout experiences. Some of the requirements for earning the Think Pink! patch include:
Girls will increase their knowledge on breast cancer by researching the disease and participating in different activities. They will create a game of bingo, have a fact relay race, review basic breast health, and more. The foundational activities include answering questions to learn why October is an important month to celebrate the Girl Scouts’ founder, learn about the myths of breast cancer, and taking on a healthy living challenge.
Girls will talk to women in lives about breast cancer and healthy living by sharing facts they’ve learned about the disease. They will also connect with their community by painting pumpkins pink to symbolize breast cancer and to create awareness, work with their troop to create healthy living games, and interview a breast cancer survivor to learn and understand their battle.
The last step to earning the Think Pink! patch is to take action. Girl Scouts will have a pink ribbon challenge where they distribute ribbons to women in their lives to remind them to stay healthy and get their annual mammography, create mastectomy pillows and donate them to a local hospital oncology unit, honor survivors, and create chemo kits to donate to local hospital.
The council patch program is available on the council website and even girls who are not Girl Scouts can participate and purchase patch, all while educating themselves on the importance of healthy living.
Girl Scouts is proud to offer every G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, and Leader) the opportunity to accomplish big things while developing important skills in a safe and supportive all-girl environment. With us, girls will discover self-empowerment, adventure, and leadership all while going beyond their comfort zone to explore new interests, and pursue their passions.
And girls are in great company when they join the largest girl-led Movement in the world as half of all U.S. businesswomen were Girl Scouts, 75 percent of current female senators were Girl Scouts, and nearly all of the 40 women who have flown into space were Girl Scouts.
Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines offers girls once-in-a-lifetime experiences all while having fun in a safe, girl-only, and girl-led environment. Girl Scouts is open to all girls in K-12. To learn more or join a local troop, visit www.nccoastalpines.org or call 800-284-4475