Girl Scouts Take Action During Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

By: Anna Maria Chavez, CEO for Girl Scouts of the USA

pink-ribbonOctober is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and Girl Scouts across the country are working to raise awareness and money to help find a cure and foster an environment supportive of greater breast cancer education and research.

On October 20, girls from the Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana council cheered on walkers in the annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk in Valparaiso, Indiana, holding up poster and encouraging participants. Girls and staff from the Girl Scouts Heart of the South council have worn pink ribbons throughout the month to raise awareness of the ongoing fight against breast cancer and serve as volunteers for the North Mississippi Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. And a Girl Scout troop from Des Moines, Iowa, chose to raise money for breast cancer research and support by decorating bras that will be auctioned off for charity.

Breast cancer, which is genetically linked in only about 10 percent of cases, is one of the most misunderstood cancers in the world. It can affect both women and men, and claims the lives of more than 400,000 people every year. Among women, it accounts for almost 15 percent of all cancer-related deaths. A healthy, active lifestyle; education; regular screenings; and early detection are key to ensuring fewer women and men succumb to this deadly disease.

Healthy living and an active lifestyle are core tenets of Girl Scouting. Through our Healthy Habits Journey booklet, girls learn how to take care of their bodies and be health conscious their entire lives through, for instance, hiking, trying new sports, and preparing nutritious meals. At Girl Scouts, we aim to give girls the information they need to make informed decisions about their health and the leadership skills they need to take care of themselves and others.

To learn more about breast cancer, or to make a donation for a cure, visit http://www.bcrfcure.org/.

What have your girls done to support Breast Cancer Awareness month? Share your photos and stories by e-mailing them to kdunne@gsnypenn.org.

4 thoughts on “Girl Scouts Take Action During Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

  1. I think it is great that the girl scouts are raising awareness for Breast Cancer… but I was under the impression that as GIRL SCOUTS, we are not allowed to raise money for other organizations….unless under special circumstances (such as natural disaster strikes)… am I wrong? I would love for my local troops to become more visible while much needed funds for our local charities…not just national charities.

  2. I had inquired last year about our girls making something to donate to Relay for Life for them to sell but was told we couldn’t do that. Unfortunately, a mom of one of my girls died this month from breast cancer. The daughter has asked if we can do anything to support breast cancer research. We plan to attend this year’s relay for life and give whatever support we can, have literature to hand out about breast cancer, and make things (cookies, bracelets, etc.) to hand out for free to relay participants. Next year we may be able to do something in October during breast cancer month.

    1. As I said… it seems the rules are different for different councils. I thought it was a National Girl Scout policy that the girls could not raise money for other organizations…apparently this particular troop in the article is an exception to that rule. I would like to know how to become an exception to this rule also. Wouldn’t you?

  3. It’s true, girls in their capacity as Girl Scouts can not raise funds for other organizations. While we at GSNYPENN don’t know the exact circumstances to which Ms. Chavez is referring, we assume the girls decorated the bras that were then donated to the charity to do its own auction. This would remove the girls from directly soliciting and collecting funds for another organization.

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