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World Thinking Day 2016 Inspires Girl Scouts to Connect Around the World

February 15, 2016

World Thinking Day 2016

By Tara Rappleye, Program Director

A day of international friendship, February 22 is a special day for both Girl Scouts and Girl Guides. While providing an opportunity to connect with 10 million Girl Scouts and Girl Guides in over 140 countries, World Thinking Day is the also the perfect time to learn about and celebrate other cultures, while raising awareness about important issues facing girls and women all over the world.

At the 1926 International Conference of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, held at our own Camp Edith Macy, the idea of World Thinking Day was born. The bond between Girl Scouts and Girl Guides was then and remains to this day one of global sisterhood. With this in mind, the delegates chose February 22 in honor of the shared birthday of Robert Baden-Powell, founder of the Boy Scouts and his wife, Olave Baden-Powell, the founder of Girl Guides.

Ninety years later, the theme for World Thinking Day is “Connect.”  Noted American author and scholar, Brene’ Brown writes, “Connection is the energy that is created between people when they feel seen, heard, and valued.”  Girl Scouts are encouraged to create this positive energy by participating in World Thinking Day activities that explore the connections among their individual selves, their friends and the world. Here are a few examples:

  1. Connect with me: To make a difference in the world and in others’ lives we need to be confident and happy. Make sure you take time on World Thinking Day to connect with yourself! Younger Girl Scouts can draw pictures of themselves doing something each girl is good at or something she loves about herself. Have the girls share their masterpieces with their troop. Always clap/snap when someone shares their drawing. It is important to affirm others for what they love about themselves! For older Girl Scouts, meditation is a great way to relax and de-stress. This mindful practice allows you to spend quality time with yourself, relaxing and de-stressing, which makes a happier you! Here is a quick guide to meditation.
  2. Connect with friends: Connection and friendship go hand-in-hand. Without true and meaningful connection we can’t be happy in our friendships. Connect with someone you care about by making a friendship stick. Share it with a troop member or a friend you want to invite to join Girl Scouts!
  3. Connect with the world: World Thinking Day is a time to think about your friends and community locally and globally. Younger Girl Scouts can try playing a game from another country. Check out these great games for a start! Older Girl Scouts can complete the Beauty around the World activity in the Free Being Me Patch Program (pg. 8). Explore and discuss the differences in beauty standards around the world, but also how all women everywhere deal with these expectations.

How will you celebrate World Thinking Day? Don’t forget to share your World Thinking activities and fun experiences using the hashtag #connect10million.

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Every Girl Scout Has a Story to Share (Part 3)

January 24, 2016

Tell Us Your Story - Girl Scouts

To celebrate the end of another successful year for Girl Scouts and the end of our Share Your Story campaign, we wanted to take the time to express our thanks to all of the wonderful donors who make a difference in the lives of girls, the community, and our world!  What better way for us to do this than to share the stories we hear every day about the impact Girl Scouting has? This blog is the final post from our three part series. We would like to thank those who shared with us their Girl Scout experience by submitting their story and to those who made a donation. With your help, we were able to meet our fundraising goals and help more girls shine through Girl Scouts!

In parts one and two, we recognized a few members of our Girl Scout family who, through their investment in girls, are changing our world. Because we realize that our words don’t always express all of our gratitude, we wanted to share more stories from staff members, volunteers, and parents who have benefited from the Girl Scout Leadership Experience.

“When my daughter, Cris, was in second grade, she came home from Girl Scouts and proudly told me that they were going to have a picnic and there wouldn’t have been any buns for the hot dogs if she hadn’t thought of them. And that’s true. Girl Scout leaders teach the girls responsibility by trusting what they do and plan.   The leader will not fill in the gaps except with issues of safety.  There isn’t anywhere else that girls assume responsibility so young.”

-Anne Parks, parent and donor

“Girl Scouts has been one of the happiest, most fulfilling experiences of my life. The work I do here is what I am most proud of, and is the most important work I’ll ever do. “

-Meridith Orr, staff member

“My story begins with four weeks as a Brownie, two Junior badges and a bus ride to a camp where all I remember is a campfire. My mom was a Girl Scout in the mid-1920’s and even earned her First Class. She was a big proponent of my sisters and me belonging to Girl Scouts. As an adult, I literally was roped into leadership by my daughter’s best friend’s mom. But as I watched my daughters and those original Daisies and Brownies, I saw what Girl Scouts could do. My older daughter uses her event directing skills to organize charity runs and International Ultimate Frisbee tournaments, as well as her current job as a middle school drama teacher in Johannesburg, South Africa. My younger daughter was one of those shy kids; three years ago, she instituted Different Shoe Day in a secondary school in a small town in Malaysia. My story is all of their stories. Girl Scouts gave me confidence. In return, I’ve helped, in some small way, for these girls to find their voice, their footing in life. Those experiences and exposures to Girl Scouts and Girl Guides from all over the world opened my eyes to the possibilities that exist and how needed it is that we all “tell our story” and share the opportunities so that all girls have a chance to spread their wings.”

-Debi Willis, volunteer

 

“My favorite memories as a Girl Scout always revolve around one common theme-camp. Going camping with my troop and spending parts of my summer at camp Amahaali helped me to fall in love with the outdoors, a love that I am proud to share with girls today at Camp Hardee.”

-Kristi Doebler, staff member

“With three daughters and a husband who was an Eagle Scout, it was a natural step to become a Girl Scout volunteer. In 20 years I learned many ways to enjoy scouting, from leading girls to learning many skills to working with many adults as well. It was a wonderful way to give and receive.”   

  -Barbara Volk, volunteer

“As a new mom and wanting everything for my bundle of joy, I was introduced to other moms in my community, there came those famous words- Girl Scout Cookies. The girls were selling them at the local store and I asked how can my daughter and I get involved at one of the cookie booths. Then the rest was history.I soon became the troop leader and as my daughter grew with the program, so did the troop. Then after my daughter grew out of Girl Scouts, I continued with the troop until one day it became obvious to me I could help in other areas. I became an active Girl Scout in many areas, National Council Delegate, Outdoor Facilitating, Treasurer of the local service unit and still a Girl Scout willing to help the new comers.As I heard a serviceman say, ‘he bleeds red, white, and blue.’ I would say, ‘I bleed green.’

 -Lisa Strickland, volunteer

My gift is made in honor of Helene Mochrie, my Girl Scout leader from 1966-1972. She is an outstanding person and helped prepare a lively group of teenage girls for the world beyond their hometown. She baked my wedding cake in 1983!”

-Nancy Jirtle, donor

While all our stories may be unique, there is a common thread that unites us: our belief that when you invest in a girl, she can change her world. When you invest in many girls, they will change ours. These stories tell just a few of the many ways that Girl Scouting has made a difference in the lives of girls.

Thanks for all you do – all year long – for our girls. With your investment, you’re telling the story of how important Girl Scouting is to our world. Because of individuals like you, we continue to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.

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