Girl Scouts help cancer patients and earn Silver award


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  • Girl Scouts, from left, Rachael Bakunas, Julia Kenyon, Marissa Munafo, and Ashley Driemel of troop 539 earned their Girl Scout Silver Award by making blanets for cancer patients. The girls raised the money and created the 40 blankets before delivering them to the patients themselves.





— Scouts from Girl Scout Troop 539, Rachael Bakunas, Ashley Driemel, Julia Kenyon and Marissa Munafo have been awarded the Girl Scout Silver Award by The Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey Council, which is the second highest achievement in Girl Scouting. The award symbolizes Girl Scout Cadettes’ accomplishments in Girl Scouting and their community as they discover their strengths and take action to make the world a better place.

For their Girl Scout Silver Award project, the four girls made 40 blankets for cancer patients receiving treatment at The Samuel S. Jurist Center for Tomorrow’s Children At Hackensack Memorial Hospital

In order to make the blankets, the scouts collected money through cookie and magazine sales and donations to buy supplies and then worked together to make the blankets and finally delivered them to the patients at center themselves. The girls learned about cancer, budgeting, project management, teamwork, and the value of helping others.

The Silver Award is the highest honor a Girl Scout in the sixth through eighth grade can earn. The Silver Award recognizes the work of Girl Scout Cadettes who demonstrate leadership skills culminating in 50 hours or more dedicated toward a service project that makes a difference in their community. It can be done individually or with a group. If done as a group, a scout must be responsible for a specific part of the project and evaluate contribution to the project and the group.

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