The Gold Award Project is Girl Scouting's highest achievement, open only to scouts of high school age.
The prestigious award is designed to challenge scouts to change the world by starting with their own little corners. Participants are also eligible for scholarships after completing the seven steps needed to attain the award.
Rachael Paisley, a member of the Tamaqua Area High School junior class, has selected Breast Cancer Awareness as her Gold Project and is ready to paint Tamaqua pink in pursuit of her goals.
She began by teaming with other members of Girl Scout Service Unit 310 to light the way for a Pink Light Walk by painting more than 300 light bulbs with pink paint. The light bulbs will be distributed to residents and businesses along the route of the Pink Light Walk, which will be held on Oct. 20.
The walk will begin at the Tamaqua Bungalow Park Pavilion and travel Broad Street to Depot Square Park, which will be adorned with pink bows and pink lights.
Registration will be at 5 p.m. and the walk will begin at 5:30 p.m.
There are no registration fees for the walk, which is open to anyone interested in supporting Breast Cancer Awareness. T-shirts are available in long and short sleeve styles and are light pink in color. Any proceeds from the sale of the shirts will benefit Tamaqua breast cancer patients.
Following the walk, at Depot Square, there will be educational material made available through the American Cancer Society and St. Luke's Oncology Department. There will also be free giveaways and light refreshments.
Paisley also conducted a poster contest for members of local Girl Scout troops. The poster's theme was Breast Cancer Awareness. The posters will be displayed in a prominent area in time for the walk.
The final step in Rachael's project will be the creation of a brochure specific to "Inflammatory Breast Cancer."
For more information, or to register for the walk, call (570) 578-5196, (570) 578-5176 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.