Girl Scouts plan ‘World Thinking Day’

World Thinking Day celebrates global sisterhood

Girl Scouts are everywhere, and not just because it’s cookie season.

Girl Scouts in Warren are part of a global sisterhood of Girl Scouts in every ZIP code in the U.S. and Girl Guides 145 countries around the world. That’s 10 million girls worldwide who make a promise to help people at all times and to make the world a better place.

Being a Girl Scout makes the world smaller and the girl bigger

A Girl Scout Research Institute study finds that nearly half of U.S. girls hope to have an effect on the whole world. Education, health and the environment are important issues to girls everywhere. Girl Scouts learn to connect and take action across boundaries of any kind to help make an impact on the issues most important to them locally and globally.

Their international network also gives Girl Scouts access to exciting travel adventures through four Girl Scout World Centers: Our Cabana in Cuernavaca, Mexico; Our Chalet in Adelboden, Switzerland; Pax Lodge in London, England; and Sangam in Pune, India.

Many Girl Scouts in western Pennsylvania are participating in the Swiss Challenge a trip to Our Chalet in Switzerland in August 2015.

Girls will explore the Swiss Alps and challenge themselves through a variety of outdoor activities, while savoring Swiss culture, learning about leadership and environmental issues, making new friends, and discovering what it means to be a member of the global Girl Scout community.

Girl Scouts help fund their travel adventures by selling Girl Scout cookies. Help local Girl Scouts meet their goals by buying cookies at local booth sales beginning Feb. 21. You can find a booth sale near you by entering you zip code at girlscoutcookies.org after Feb. 21.

Celebrating sisterhood

Each year on Feb. 22, Girl Scouts honor their sister Girl Scouts and Girl Guides in other countries through a unique tradition called World Thinking Day.

According to Girl Scouts USA, World Thinking Day was first created in 1926 at the fourth Girl Guide/Girl Scout International Conference held at Girl Scouts of the USA’s Camp Edith Macy (now called Edith Macy Conference Center).

Conference attendees decided that there should be a special day for Girl Scouts and Girl Guides from around the world to “think” of each other and give thanks and appreciation to their sister Girl Scouts.

Girl Scouts celebrate World Thinking Day with a variety of activities including:

Creating exhibits that showcase the customs and culture of other countries.

Selecting a country and researching what a typical day is like for a girl living there.

Learning about a culture through its music, types of instruments used, and how these instruments are made.

Preparing and sampling ethnic foods.

Learning about Girl Scouts and Girl Guides in other countries.

This year, Warren area Girl Scouts will celebrate World Thinking Day by exploring the customs, cuisine, and songs of Armenia, Bangladesh, Benin, Egypt, and Saint Vincent and Grenadines. Troops will learn what school is like for children in these countries and explore ideas to improve education.

Girl Scouting exists to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. As the world’s largest organization of girls, we hone their leadership skills and provide the opportunities to make an impact.

To help girls connect with the world around them to make a difference, volunteers are needed to guide them. Share your energy and inspire the next generation of leaders by becoming a Girl Scout volunteer. Visit gswpa.org/join for more information.