Girl Scout Senior Madison Pugh has earned her Girl Scout Silver Award.
For her project, “Chemo-Care Kits,” Madison took action in her community by putting together comfort bags for cancer patients receiving chemotherapy. It was important to Madison that she help people affected by cancer because she has witnessed her loved ones battle the disease.
“I finally decided I wanted to help people with cancer. I've had family members with cancer, friends lose parents to cancer, and friends (my age) with cancer. This was something I really wanted to do because so many people are affected in some way by cancer,” she said.
After contacting a local resource office to ask them if there was something that she should do to help the patients, she started creating her chemo-care kits. The bags included things like puzzle books, pens and pencils, mints and a note offering inspirational words. Madison was thrilled to deliver 50 full bags to the cancer resource manager.
“For me, it feels really good to know that I can help bring comfort to people going through such a scary time,” Pugh said.
Madison’s project impacted people in her community and also encouraged others to get involved. Her troop is now thinking of ways to make this an annual community project!
The Girl Scout Silver Award is the top award that middle school age Girl Scouts can earn. To earn the award, girls have to identify a need in the community and carry out a Take Action project to address the matter through leadership work.