On January 6, 2013, Chapman Girl Scout Cadette Troop 20157 held their Silver Award Pinning Ceremony. The girls who earned this award are Riley Davis, Kyndall Freeman, Sierra John, Kayla Wilson and Mary Winkel. In earning this award, these young ladies are among the minority. Only 25% of Cadettes ever earn this award.
Approximately two years ago, these five young ladies took on the challenge of earning their Silver Award. The girls discussed issues that were important to them and asked the community which issues they felt were important. They soon discovered that they had all had someone in their family that had battled breast cancer. They also found out that the founder of Girl Scouts, Juliette Gordon Lowe, had battled this disease. So they created and executed their take action plan. They decided to host a 5k breast cancer awareness walk they titled, “Transformed By Courage.”
On Saturday, October 20th, Chapman Cadette Girl Scout Troop 20157 hosted the walk at Sheeran Park in Chapman. There were 100 participants who came out to support the cause and the girls raised $700 for the Susan G. Komen foundation. As the walkers crossed the finished line they were given a sticker, a bag with Breast Cancer Awareness brochures, a pencil and some mints. The walk was only part of the event. The participants were pampered with free pink nail polishing, temporary tattoos and free water along the route. Local businesses provided pink milk and pizza to the participants after the walk. A local D.J. helped keep the party going with music for the event. There were contests for most colorful shoes, best dressed, and largest teams. Mary Baer, who participated in a 60 mile walk in Texas in November, drew the name for the winner of her Breast Cancer Awareness quilt.
These Cadettes did have support during their journey. They were mentored by the “It’s About Me” foundation in Junction City and Mary Baer from Chapman. The Cadettes wanted to include the other Chapman Girl Scout troops in the event, as well. The Chapman Daisies helped to hand out water to the walkers, the Chapman Brownies put on the temporary tattoos, and the Chapman Juniors painted participants’ fingernails pink. The troops also helped by decorating the motivational and informational signs that were put out along the route.
The Cadettes accomplished what they set out to do. They wanted to inform the community of an issue they felt connected to, raise awareness of the disease, and help people enjoy themselves while participating. Many people asked if they would be hosting this event next year. The girls should be proud of themselves for hosting such a great event for such a great cause.