Girl Scouts learn about important issues that can impact their lives
Throughout the year, Girl Scout Troop 423 will take action related to several issues. They will learn about teen domestic violence, heart health, how to advocate for others as well as how to respond in emergency situations. During the month of October we tackled two issues impacting women and girls–breast cancer awareness and bullying prevention.
Members started the month making the world a better place by completing activities enabling them to earn the “Girl Scouts Go Pink” patch. Cadette Scouts were required to complete a minimum of 4 activities while senior and ambassador scouts had to complete 5 activities in order to earn the patch.
The journey to helping others begins with education. The girls completed an online breast cancer quiz to test their knowledge of breast cancer. Members of the troop then learned about ways to reduce breast cancer risks. After learning about ways to reduce breast cancer risks, they made a total of 105 breast cancer awareness cards to share the knowledge gained with women at their schools. Each female staff member at Darlington Middle School and Darlington County Institute of Technology received a card that included inspirational messages and tips for reducing breast cancer risks. The culminating activity for girls working toward the breast cancer awareness patch was to join other area girl scouts in a breast cancer awareness walk at West Florence High School.
In recognition of National Bullying Prevention Month, the girls began working on their “Amaze” journey. The activities in this journey give girls an opportunity to earn patches while learning how to navigate relationships, cliques, bullies, stereotypes, and cyber relationships. In addition to learning, the girls are expected to take actions that will impact their community. They learn how small actions add up to have large impact and that they should encourage others to also pay it forward.
The Girl Scout organization is for girls between the ages of 5 and 18. Its mission is “to build girls of courage, confidence, and character to make the world a better place. A potential member could expect to participate in a variety of activities, which include learning about technology, business, car care, first aid/CPR, camping, travel and more, as well as engaging in community service projects.
If you know girls in your community, or your home who could benefit from participating in this organization, call 843-669-5174, visit gsesc.org, or attend a recruitment events.