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Countdown to World Thinking Day

Submitted by Girl Scouts of Colorado Global Action Team

World Thinking Day will be here before we know it.  But, you may ask, what is World Thinking Day and why is this special day celebrated in Girl Scouting?

The Girl Scouts of Colorado Global Action Team is featuring a series of blogs during the next few weeks leading up to World Thinking Day.  Each blog will provide answers to these questions and many other aspects of World Thinking Day, as well as provide activities and resources to further investigate information about ways to celebrate this special day.

Preview some of the ideas and activities by viewing the Countdown To World Thinking Day document as also found on the Girl Scouts of Colorado website in the Global section of Anytime Activities.

Let’s get started with the first in the series….

What is World Thinking Day?

To answer this question, one needs to know a little about the history of World Thinking Day, formerly know as just Thinking Day.

First: In 1926, Girl Guide and Girl Scout delegates from around the globe met in the United States for the 4th World Conference. They agreed that there should be a special annual day when Girl Guides and Girl Scouts around the world think of each other in terms of love and friendship. The Conference chose the date of February 22 since it is the joint birthday of both Lord Robert Baden-Powell and his wife Lady Olave Baden-Powell, the World Chief Guide. Both had spent so much of their time in organizing and carrying out what has become the World Association Girl Guide and Girl Scouts.

Second: in Poland in 1932 at the 7th World Conference, a Belgian Girl Guide suggested that a birthday usually involved gifts. At this conference, the World Thinking Day Fund was founded.  Since then, member organizations have sent donations to the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) to support activities that help girls expand their horizons, raise their voices, and experience life changing challenges.

Third: In 1999, at the 30th World Conference, held in Ireland, the name was changed from “Thinking Day” to “World Thinking Day”, in order to emphasize the global aspect of this special day.

The day is about more than just thinking, it is the perfect opportunity for girls and adults to think big; to learn about the similarities, differences, and even the issues facing the nearly 10 million sisters they have in the 150 countries.

The Importance of World Thinking Day

World Thinking Day is a time when Girl Guides and Girl Scouts can honor its mighty global sisterhood. It is a time to explore the issues they are facing, connect with them, and take action to make a better world.

As Lady Olave Baden Powell said in one of her Thinking Day address:

“Though you cannot visit sister Guides in France or Finland, in Austria or Australia, in Italy or Iceland, Canada or Chile, Ghana or Guatemala, U.S.A. or U.A.R., you can reach out to them there in your MIND. And in this unseen, spiritual way you can give them your uplifting sympathy and friendship. Thus do we Guides, of all kinds and of all ages and of all nations, go with the highest and the best towards the spreading of true peace and goodwill on earth.”

There are a lot of ways to learn about the importance of World Thinking Day to fulfill Lady Baden-Powell’s wish.

  • Perhaps, you would like to know more about Girl Guides in a particular country and begin to learn about the badges they earn, or if they have the same Promise and Law.
  • Perhaps, you are interested in earning an award relating to World Thinking Day. Each year Girl Scouts of the USA develops activities for an award based on the topic WAGGGS selects for Thinking Day. This year the topic is “peacebuilding,” a topic of a future blog.
  • Perhaps, you already know about World Thinking Day and want to share your knowledge with others by planning a special ceremony celebrating the day to be attended by others.

Please remember February 22 is the special day to celebrate World Thinking Day, but that doesn’t mean that it is the only day to think about issues that your sister Girl Guides and Girl Scouts have before them.  The Global Action Team is providing this series of blogs to help you expand your knowledge of our world-wide movement and your nearly 10 million sister.

As stated on the GSUSA website:

“… the real story behind World Thinking Day. We must join with our sisters in 150 countries to affect change on a global level.”

Activity:

In celebration of World Thinking Day, on February 22 from 5- 6 p.m., Girl Scouts of all ages are invited to attend a special Girl Scouts of Colorado “Meet the Expert” zoom session with a Girl Guide from Bangladesh.  Our guest will tell girls all about life in Bangladesh, what she does as a Girl Guide, and then answer questions from Girl Scout. Register here: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2021/feb22_meet_an_expert.html

Participants have the opportunity to submit questions at the time of registration for the event for our guest to answer.  Registration closes February 18.

What’s to Come

 Blogs featuring additional topics from “Countdown to World Thinking Day,” including information on the 2021 World Thinking Day theme, World Centers, Juliette Low World Friendship Fund, and more.

If you have questions, feel free to contact the Global Action Team at gscoglobl@gmail.com.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She was at the can send in her story here.

Virtual Platform Connects Girls Across the County

 

Submitted by Jessica Holbrook

Northern & Northeastern CO

Fort Lupton

With the virtual world that we live in, Lizzy was able to connect with Girl Scouts of Western Washington. They teamed up with DigiPen Technology Academy to offer girls a marketing magic commercial making class. The girls met with a social media guru Roz the Recruiter with Y’all Hiring who gave the girls an inspirational speech. DigiPen then showed the girls how to create a script, film their commercial, and they even did one on one editing with the girls.

Girl Scouts has taught Lizzy how to be an inspiring leader. She love to take what she learns in Girl Scouts to help her fellow Girl Scouts and those younger than her.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

2021 Women’s Week and MMR Reunion: Registration NOW Open

Submitted by Penny Roberts

Northern & Northeastern CO

Allenspark

Registration is open now for Women’s Week 2021 and the 60th Anniversary Meadow Mountain Ranch Reunion.  The dates are July 22 – 26, and the reunion’s special events will take place on Saturday, July 24.

Women’s Week has been running for several years now, with the exception, of course, of 2020, and those previous participants have been anxiously awaiting the return of the event.  As a result, Women’s Week will be sponsoring the reunion event, and activities will be integrated and coordinated throughout the weekend.

The theme for the combined event is “I Am Camp,” and many of you will remember the beloved poem which starts out “I am Camp; I am sunlight, a sheen on the water, a mist on the mountains, and stars.”  Our MMR staff alum, and artist in residence for many years, Deb Heidebrecht (“Pepper”) has created a themed graphic logo, which you will see on the flier and registration form below.  This logo will be featured on all materials as well as items for purchase during the events.

Women’s Week is open to all women ages 18 and up, and the reunion on Saturday is open to all MMR alums, families, GSCO staff, Board members, former campers, and friends.  For Women’s Week, you don’t have to be a registered Girl Scout or ever even been to camp before.  It’s a great chance to go to the high country in Colorado and have fun in the out-of-doors as a camper yourself.  The program plans itself, while all the usual activities are built in.  Hiking, singing, cooking, crafts, nature activities, tours of the area – – – the sky’s the limit.  If you have a special program to offer, please bring your materials and ideas and we will see there is a time for it.

Of course, the cuisine is one of the big attractions.  We love to cook outside over an open fire if conditions allow.  We are quite adventurous in our menu selections, while accommodating any special dietary needs.  If you remember doing Dutch oven cooking, bean hole cooking, stick cooking, or other outdoor cooking techniques, we’ll probably have it for you.  A chili cook-off or a pineapple upside down cake Dutch oven competition have been big hits in past years.

We are hoping to fill our event, while being aware during our planning that changes or restrictions might apply.  Keep your fingers crossed and register early if numbers are limited. Please contact Penny Roberts, very informal camp director, at (970) 586-1775 or email probertscolo@gmail.com if you have any questions.

2021 Women’s Week and MMR Reunion

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She was at the can send in her story here.

Patch Program for Older Girl Scouts with Arrow Electronics

Girl Scouts of Colorado is excited to announce a new patch program for Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors in partnership with Arrow Electronics. Fill out this interest form and we will email you details when they are announced!

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She was at the can send in her story here.

Racing Derby Virtual Style

Submitted by Ariella Wells

Fort Collins

Northern & Northeastern CO

The girls of Troop 70720 hosted their second annual racing derby! This year looked a little different than last year because of COVID and all the restrictions going on across the state. However, that did not stop them from hosting this event. We figured out staggered and safe drop off times and then live-streamed the event on YouTube. While there were a few technical glitches at the beginning, it all worked out well and we think everyone had a really good time 🙂 Thank you to the girls who signed up to participate and made cars 🙂 This event couldn’t happen without all of you and some of your cars are pretty amazing.

Look for the event back again next year! Hopefully, it will be able to be in person and live streamed!

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She was at the can send in her story here.

Girl Scout Cookies Get Even Sweeter in New Specialty Desserts Created by Award-Winning Chefs from Crafted Concepts Restaurants

What’s better than Girl Scout Cookies? Delicious desserts featuring your favorite cookies, created by award-winning chefs at four of Denver’s best-known restaurants! You can find the following desserts at Crafted Concepts restaurants starting January 31 through March 7:

  • Coconut Panna Cotta, a coconut panna cotta with chocolate ganache, caramel sauce, and a shortbread cookie, made from Samoas will be available at Stoic & Genuine (1701 Wynkoop in Denver’s Union Station).
  • Peanut Butter Do-si-Dos Flan with a caramel popped sorghum will be available at Ultreia (1701 Wynkoop in Denver’s Union Station).
  • Lemon-Ups Meringue Cheesecake, a vanilla cheesecake with lemon curd and a Lemon-Ups crumb crust, will be available at Rioja (1431 Larimer Square in Denver).
  • Thin Mint Mousse Torte, a dark chocolate mousse with mint ganache and candied mint leaves, will be available at Bistro Vendôme (1420 Larimer Square in Denver).

“Our pastry chefs unleashed their creative talents and came up with these amazing desserts incorporating Girl Scout Cookies,” said Beth Gruitch, co-owner of the restaurants. “We’re thrilled to be partnering with the Girl Scouts of Colorado.”

Crafted Concepts, owner of Stoic & Genuine, Ultreia, Rioja, and Bistro Vendôme, will donate $1 from each dessert sold to Girl Scouts of Colorado to help fuel our mission to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.

Restaurant patrons are encouraged to share photos of these specialty desserts on social media and tag Girl Scouts of Colorado and Crafted Concepts. Twitter and Instagram users should also use #GirlScoutCookieDessertChallenge. Additionally, diners will receive a Cookie Dessert Passport, including a link to each recipe. Those who try the signature dessert at each restaurant, share a photo of their completed passport on social media, and tag Girl Scouts of Colorado and Crafted Concepts will be entered to win a year’s supply of Girl Scout Cookies and a gift card good to any of the Crafted Concepts restaurants.

“This cookie season looks different for Girl Scouts just like times are very different for the restaurants we love.  We are honored to be joining forces with four of Denver’s top restaurants to support one another through this unique partnership,” said Leanna Clark, CEO of Girl Scouts of Colorado.  “We’ve all been through a lot this year and could use some comfort food! We hope the community will turn out to support our girls and enjoy the remarkable desserts Crafted Concepts’ chefs have created using our cookies as inspiration.”

Also, starting January 31, you will be able to purchase Girl Scout Cookies from Girl Scouts across Colorado. In light of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, girls are adapting their sales methods to include safe and innovative ways for customers to get their favorite cookies. They include:

  • Hosting virtual and drive-thru cookie booths. You can text COOKIES to 59618 (message and data rates may apply) or use the official Girl Scout Cookie Finder app for free on iOS or Android devices to find booths in your area.
  • Making porch drop-offs to friends and family.
  • Creating their own websites using the Digital Cookie platform to take online orders. If you know a Girl Scout, reach out to her to get the link to her website. If you don’t know a Girl Scout, visit girlscoutsofcolorado.org/cookies on February 1 to purchase cookies to be shipped to you from a local Girl Scout troop or to be donated to local nonprofits or the military.

Thin Mints, Samoas, Tagalongs, Trefoils, Dos-Si-Dos, and Lemon-Ups are $4/package. S’mores and gluten-free Toffee-tastic are $5/package. The 2021 Girl Scout Cookie Program ends Sunday, March 7.

About Crafted Concepts

Founded in 2004 by James Beard award-winning chef Jennifer Jasinski and her business partner Beth Gruitch, Crafted Concepts boasts a collection of four award-winning restaurants clustered in Larimer Square and Denver Union Station. Locals and visitors alike explore the culinary creativity of the flagship Rioja or choose the French influenced Bistro Vendôme, the foods of the Iberian Peninsula countries of Spain and Portugal at Ultreia or the freshest sustainable seafood in Denver at Stoic & Genuine. More info at craftedconceptsdenver.com

Erie Cadette Troop 77053 Stocks Food Bank

Submitted by Ayse Bergh

Northern & Northeastern CO

Erie

Over the two week winter break, our troop held a food drive for our local food bank. Specifically, we collected food that the food bank had shortages on. We posted on social media in our neighborhoods what we were doing and what we specifically needed. It was amazing the response we received. People just dropped off bags and bags of food on our door steps. Some neighbors even ordered from Amazon and had food delivered to our door. In that two week period, we were able to fill a big truck and cab full of food. We were really satisfied with our results.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She was at the can send in her story here.

Virtual Bingo

Submitted by Christine Kucera

Mountain Communities

Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs Girl Scout Troops 54313 and 54595 ran a virtual bingo service unit wide event in December. Girls from all levels and multiple troops joined together to play bingo. Prizes were all gift certificates to local businesses. Most were purchased from a grant from the Lufkin Family. Donations were gratuitously given from Deja Vu Boutique with consignment clothes and jewelry; Cowboys and Indians with Native American home goods; and Lyon’s Corner Drug and Soda Fountain with an old fashioned soda jerk with specialty ice cream. Girls were excited to play bingo cards with different themes of holiday words, song titles, and Girl Scout words. Fortunately, everyone won a prize and a patch. While it’s hard to get together and have fun during this COVID isolation, Steamboat had a great time virtually while supporting our community!

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She was at the can send in her story here.

“Women Can Do Anything”

Submitted by Josie O.

Hello my name is Josie O. I am from Troop 61631. I think that it is awesome that we will soon have a woman as the Vice President. This proves that women can do anything just as good as men can. Women haven’t had as many rights as men have. Kamala Harris is an example of what women can accomplish if they work hard. Keep working hard. 😁

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She was at the can send in her story here.

2021 Girl Scout Cookie Program: Council Booth Selection Dates Changed; My Sales Booths Options

 

Girl Scouts of Colorado has decided to move the council booth selection dates forward from Monday, January 25, 2021 to Thursday, January 28. See all booth selection round dates listed below.

In previous years, most council booth partners ask Girl Scouts of Colorado to wait until January to confirm booth locations. It’s not unusual to have the majority of our council booth options secured right before the troop booth selection process opens up in eBudde.

However, we have been experiencing delays in confirming council level cookie booth locations such as King Soopers, City Market, Safeway, Walmart, Sam’s Club, and GNC.

We have secured some locations with Walmart, Joann’s, and GNC, but we are still in contract/agreement talks with these locations and are hopeful we will receive additional permissions for more booth locations soon.

Due to the delays in confirming some council locations though, we have made the decision to move the dates of the council booth selection rounds ahead.

Booth selection rounds are open in eBudde from 6 – 11:59 p.m. (MST) on the dates listed below.

Booths must be selected during time slots for each round. They cannot be added by council to a troops’ booth tally between rounds.

  • Wednesday, January 27 – S’mores Club Exclusive Booth Pick
  • Thursday, January 28– Booth Round 1 – each troop will receive one booth selection.
  • Friday, January 29 – Booth Round 2 – each troop will receive two booth selections.
  • Monday, February 1 – Booth Round 3 – each troop will have a limit of up to ten booth selections in total.
  • Monday, February 8 – Booth Round 4 – each troop will have a limit of up to 20 booth selections, in addition to booths already selected.

My Sales Booths

Local business owners want to support girls throughout this cookie season!

Troops have already secured My Sales booth locations and those locations have been entered and approved in eBudde. If you’re not sure how to make the request for a My Sales Booth and get it approved, talk with your service unit cookie manager (SUCM).

You know which businesses are popular your community! Make the ask for My Sales booth locations of those business owners first.

If the location has great visibility and a large parking lot, ask the business owner if you could set-up a drive-thru booth.

Here’s some suggested My Sales booth locations:

  • Outside favorite restaurants and local shops
  • Micro-breweries and liquor stores*
  • Libraries
  • Parks and playgrounds
  • School/college parking lots
  • Places of worship parking lots
  • Business parking lots closed on weekend days (i.e., banks, dentist office)

*Girl Scouts of Colorado allows troop leaders and families to determine the best location for My Sales. All My Sales sites are subject to approval and they will not be denied only on the fact they may be located near an adult-oriented business.

To support  adults and girls working cookie booths, GSCO created a Booth Guide that includes booth basics as well as detailed safety guidelines and booth set-up example diagrams – plus tips to help make every cookie booth a success!

Check out the complete booth guide, booth mini guides, and tip sheets on the GSCO website Cookie Resources page.

Drop In for a Cookie Chat

Have questions or need additional support? Join the Product Program Specialist team for open discussions on different topics every Wednesday at noon or at 6 p.m.

No need to register, just click the link and join the team to talk about all things cookie!