Girl Scouts Knitting Program

Jane Hawes

Here's an idea that puts the merit into merit badges: A whole troop of Girl Scout troops in Dublin have been learning how to knit so that they can create hats that chemotherapy patients at the Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital can use during their treatments. At knitting clinics where the girls learned a variety of knitting techniques, including loom and finger knitting, they also created variously colored cancer-awareness ribbons.

All told this year, the scouts have knitted 88 hats and scarves and more than 100 cancer-awareness ribbons, and in February, scouts from Olde Sawmill Elementary's Brownie Troop 2710 and John Sells Middle School's Cadette Troop 276 presented their creations to the James Hospital.