Connect, grow, and impact, Girl Scouts! On Saturday, February 24th, Girl Scouts and Girl Guides across the globe did just that during an event recognizing World Thinking Day (celebrated February 22), an annual celebration of international friendship and sisterhood. World Thinking Day has been a Girl Scout tradition since 1926, and is celebrated by girls from 146 different countries!
This year’s World Thinking Day theme was “Impact”, and focused on what it means to make an impact on the world. Girls explored the impact they could make on both people in other cultures and the environment! Being a G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader) means taking action through service to those in need and to our planet, and World Thinking Day served as the perfect opportunity to discover the amazing differences that girls can make across the globe.
Girl Scouts of all ages and backgrounds gathered at Camp Mary Atkinson for our council’s own special celebration, and troops had the opportunity to teach and learn about another country’s customs, traditions, and values. Each troop represented a different country, and spent time researching at troop meetings before the event. The Girl Scouts used their expertise to decorate a booth reflecting their country, and facilitated an activity to teach other girls about it!
Girl Scouts traveled “the globe” going from activity to activity learning about the lives of girls across the world. A variety of countries were represented, including India, South Africa, Ireland, the Bahamas, and many more! At the booths, the girls provided cultural representations of their countries such as clothing and food. What fun!
Girls also worked together to create a large hand print craft representing how girls can leave their mark on the world. Each girl had the opportunity to decorate a hand print, showing that each individual G.I.R.L. can make a big difference if she lends a helping hand.
Girl Scouts are all part of an incredible group of women who make the world a better place, and World Thinking day is a fun and immersive celebration of this global sisterhood.
How did you celebrate culture and impact on World Thinking Day, Girl Scouts? Share with us and get your badge here!