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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.

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Celebrate World Thinking Day 2021 with Girl Scouts across the United States

On February 22, Girl Scouts and Girl Guides across 150 countries celebrate World Thinking Day—that’s one big celebration!

The World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS), along with Girl Scouts of the USA and the other WAGGGS member organizations, have celebrated World Thinking Day since 1926. That’s when delegates from around the globe met at Camp Edith Macy—now called Edith Macy Conference Center—in New York state and agreed February 22 would now be known as a special day for Girl Guides and Girl Scouts worldwide. Observed by 10 million Girl Guides and Girl Scouts worldwide, World Thinking Day 2021 celebrates what it means to be a peacebuilder, an important component of our global Movement.

This year, in an effort to bring more program opportunities directly to girls safely at home, we have complied a list of World Thinking Day programs across the country. Each program and Girl Scout council listed on this resource has opened their virtual doors to Girl Scouts from anywhere in the country. Do you have a Girl Scout friend or family member in another state? Give them a call and see if you want to participate in a World Thinking Day program together, no matter where you are!

World Thinking Day programs across the United States*: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1UriLTqAXQNgDdkbKWVcXR8zbIA4WjXy9QBazgfQQGN8/edit?usp=sharing

Girl Scouts of all ages can also recognize this important day with at-home activities using guides from WAGGGS and GSUSA. Activity guides are now available for 2021 for all Girl Scout levels.

This list was compiled by Girl Scouts of Colorado. If you have questions about the resource, please email Aimee Artzer, Community Partnerships Manager, at aimee.artzer@gscolorado.org. If you have questions about a specific program listed in the resource, please contact the Girl Scout staff listed on the individual program page.

* This list will be updated as we receive new program information.

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Gold Award Girl Scout: Beatrice Lin, Longmont, “Bringing Global to Girls”

What did you do for your Gold Award project? 

In a world that is rapidly changing and developing, it can sometimes be hard to remember how we connect to other girls — especially the ones that aren’t in our immediate presence. At a young age, it is difficult to develop a sense of connection to people halfway across the world, simply because they aren’t in our local community. As a result, younger children may lack empathy and compassion for others, especially around the world. To address this, I decided to create a curriculum for Daisies and Brownies (girls from kindergarten through second grade) called “Bringing Global to Girls” (BGtG). This workshop aims to help Daisies and Brownies develop a sense of connection to the rest of the world. Through this workshop, Daisies and Brownies learned new things about themselves and things about themselves that can connect them to others. Many of the activities included were inspired and adapted from activities described in Girl Scout resources and handbooks, with publications ranging from 1926 all the way up to last year, 2019. By mixing the ideas of the past with the current knowledge and resources of today, we can gain new insight about ourselves and our Girl Scout and Girl Guide sisters around the world.

I personally ran two workshops with younger girls in Colorado over Zoom. As well as this, I ran a “how-to”workshop for older girls and leaders in Colorado. By doing this, I promoted “global thinking” to all levels in GSCO.

Access the handbook HERE!

Purchase the patch HERE!

How did you measure the impact your Gold Award project made on your target audience?

When I ran my workshops, I asked my target audience — Daisies and Brownies  — to complete a “KWL Chart” (Know, Want to Know, and Learned) at the beginning and end of each session. Using this tool, I was able to survey what my audience knew and how much they grew throughout the workshop. My curriculum will continue to promote global thinking and citizenship through the translations of my handbook into Spanish and Mandarin Chinese, its publication on the GSCO website, and the custom patch created for this project.

How is your project sustainable? How will your project continue to impact after your involvement? 

As mentioned earlier, my handbook is published on the GSCO website, as well as the translations into Spanish and Mandarin Chinese. Access the handbook HERE!

The curriculum is promoted in the GSCO Retail Shop along with the custom patch, and it will be available for anyone to purchase and participate in. Purchase the patch HERE!

A copy of my handbook and patch will be at GSCO History Center, and will be taken care of for years to come. Since I ran a “how-to” workshop for older girls and leaders, those who participated will run workshops with their own troops or groups, which will help spread the word about BGtG. As a delegate of the GSCO Global Roundtable, I shared my handbook with the Bangladesh Global Roundtable delegation, and am continuing to find other contacts for Girl Scouts/Girl Guides around the world. In order to branch out of the Girl Scout loop, I also presented about my project alongside GSCO CEO Leanna Clark to the Longmont Rotary Club.

What is your project’s global and/or national connection?

As mentioned before, my curriculum is translated into multiple languages. This will help my curriculum become more accessible to girls and leaders around the nation and world. Those who participate in the “Bringing Global to Girls” workshop may also be inspired to take action in their global and local communities to promote global thinking. Lastly, sharing my handbook with other Girl Scouts/Girl Guides around the world, such as the Girl Guides in Bangladesh, is instrumental to the global aspect of my project

What did you learn about yourself?

I learned a lot about myself during this process, but most importantly, I learned that I’m capable of more than I thought. My project’s impact and accomplishments reached far beyond what I had envisioned at first. These successes have shown me the importance of a team and communication, how to lead my team towards my desired results, and how to implement feedback and mix it with my own opinions. Along with this, my project took a lot of perseverance and effort, but I’m glad that I chose something I care about, which made all of my efforts worth it. 

How will earning your Gold Award impact you in the future?

Since I have learned so much by leading the BGtG team, I feel prepared to take on any leadership opportunities in my future. Although my future projects may not look as similar to BGtG, the fundamental leadership skills and values that I developed during this process make me feel like I’m ready for anything. 

Why do you feel the Gold Award was an important part of your Girl Scout experience? 

Like many, I started Girl Scouts in kindergarten as a Daisy, and selling cookies was the biggest initiative I took part in. Progressing through elementary and middle school, the Bronze and Silver Awards I earned built the foundation and skills that I needed to earn my Gold Award. These experiences prepared me to take on the challenge to “make the world a better place.” The outcome of my project far exceeded my expectations, and this experience was much more valuable than I had envisioned. This process was incredibly rewarding and insightful, and I’ll never forget it.

How did earning your Gold Award help you become a G.I.R.L. (go-getter, innovator, risk-taker, leader)? 

After a global pandemic threw a wrench in my initial plans, I became an innovator. Rather than hosting my workshops in person and with local troops, I was forced to rethink and reformat my curriculum to fit into a virtual setting. I was far out of my comfort zone, but after lots of discussion and work with my team, I was able to successfully run multiple workshops online. As well as this, I created a virtual workshop mini-handbook to give others guidance on how to bring global to girls virtually. 

**IMPORTANT NOTE: This blog represents only a small fraction of the hard work, dedication, and requirements that go into earning a Girl Scout Gold Award. It is simply a brief summary, which is meant to inspire Girl Scouts to Go Gold in the future. For more information on earning your Gold Award, please email highestawards@gscolorado.org.

2021 WAGGGS World Thinking Day Activity Pack

Celebrated since 1926, World Thinking Day is a day of international friendship. It is an opportunity to speak out on issues that affect young women and the 10 million Girl Guides and Girl Scouts in 150 countries.

The theme for World Thinking Day 2021 is peacebuilding.

Peacebuilding is at the heart of Girl Guiding and Girl Scouts and is as vital and relevant today as for the last 100 years. By completing the steps in the Stand Together For Peace activity pack, Girl Guides and Girl Scouts will; Stand Strong, Stand up, and Stand Together for peacebuilding.

Girl Scouts of Colorado encourages girls to celebrate World Thinking Day using activity guides from GSUSA and WAGGGS.

Download the WAGGGS World Thinking Day activity pack now.

View the GSUSA World Thinking Day guides online: https://www.girlscouts.org/en/for-girls/think-globally/world-thinking-day.html

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Tips for Troop Leaders LIVE: Bringing the World to Your Girls… From Home!

There’s a big, amazing world out there, and you can still experience it with your girls! In a webcast with Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) on Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at 6 p.m. mountain time, Girl Scout volunteers will discover what global Girl Scouting is all about, what global programming looks like right now, and how troop leaders can help their girls connect with the world throughout the year—yes, even if you’re meeting virtually!

Register now: https://goto.webcasts.com/starthere.jsp?ei=1372781&tp_key=c84086775f

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.

Global Poverty Day is October 17, 2020

Submitted by Cassidy Christian, a member of the GSCO Global Action Team, Gold Award Girl Scout, and former member of the Older Girl Advisory Board

“Follow your dreams. Whatever you choose to do, leave tracks. That means don’t do it just for yourself.” -Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

What is Global Poverty Day?

Global Poverty Day is designated to raise awareness of the need to eradicate extreme poverty around the world. Poverty eradication is a leading part of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). With your troop, discuss the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal #1: No poverty and its associated targets, which can be accessed from www.globalgoals.org. You can print copies of the No Poverty Targets and discuss what they mean. Ask your troop why it is important to address poverty, if they think the United Nations sustainable development goal is a complete plan, or if there are other things that must be done to address poverty. To make a change, we must understand what poverty truly is. We need to leave tracks.

How is this day celebrated?

To celebrate this day, girls around the world discuss the implications of poverty and what poverty means to them. They take part in activities to deepen their understanding of poverty and take action by doing community service to help those facing poverty in their own communities. For even more information, check out the Global Action Days Toolkit. The more girls we educate about poverty, the sooner we can make tracks.

Why is Global Poverty Day celebrated?

More than 700 million people around the world live in extreme poverty and struggle to fulfill basic needs that most of us take for granted, like health, education, and access to water and sanitation. Girls are key to ending global poverty. An informed and educated girl is more likely to earn a higher income in a career of her choice, prepared to make informed choices about her health and family, and pass along the benefits that she’s received to others in her community, meaning that everyone benefits.

Eat Below the Poverty Line Activity

One in ten people in the world live on less than $1.90 per day, which the World Bank defines as extreme poverty. Extreme poverty, which affects families in every region of the world, means more than hunger; it means lack of options. Have your troop virtually take a field trip to the grocery store (King Soopers Online). The girls can create their menus independently or as a group. Develop three meals that would equal less than $1.90 collectively. After that scenario, have the girls plan what else they could buy if they were given $2 per meal/$6 for the day. What does more money allow them to buy? Have the girls imagine that they are feeding their own families and how their diets would change if they could only spend $2 a person per day. Through this activity, girls can learn about empathy and truly see the difficulties that many individuals face on a day to day basis.

Discussion Questions about Poverty:

  • What does poverty mean to you?
  • In your opinion, what causes poverty?
  • What country do you think has the best record for helping its poor?
  • Do you know what welfare is? Should countries have welfare systems?
  • Do you feel like the income gap between rich and poor is increasing in the United States?
  • How has COVID-19 impacted those experiencing poverty?
  • Has anyone you’ve known ever dealt with poverty?

Community Service Opportunities:

Ask the girls in your troop to create a list of perishable and non-perishable care items that could be donated to local shelters. Ask them to research where they could donate items in their community and find out what items are needed by the organization(s). Let the girls come to consensus about where they would like to donate their items. How can they impact the community that they serve? What organizations align with their core values?

Resource List:

Journey and Badge Connections

  • Each year, Girl Scouts of all levels can earn their Global Action award. This award connects the WAGGGS sisterhood by helping girls work together to make a difference on a topic that affects girls and women all over the world. It is an official national award, so a girl can wear it just like a badge on the front of her vest or sash.
  • The Sow What? Journey is all about food—how and where it is grown, harvested, processed, distributed, and consumed—and why it matters. Seniors share their knowledge and host a farmers’ market, inspire others to eat locally, or plan a community vegetable garden.
  • In GIRLtopia, Seniors develop their own vision of an ideal world and the skills to make it a reality. By exploring women in history, interviewing mentors, or creating a short film, girls learn real-life lessons while building a brighter future.

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.

Celebrate International Day of the Girl with Girl Scouts of Colorado

On October 11, the global community comes together to celebrate the power of girls and highlight, discuss, and take action to advance the rights of and opportunities for girls everywhere, or what is known as International Day of the Girl. This year’s theme is “my voice, our equal future” and aims to amplify girls’ voices and stand up for their rights.

At Girl Scouts of Colorado, we have a day full of engaging virtual events to celebrate and amplify the voice of our Colorado Girl Scouts. Register today and you will receive links to all the virtual programming happening throughout the day as well as some activities to do leading up to International Day of the Girl.

Live Program Session:

9:30 – 10:15 a.m.: Kick Off and Celebration!

11 – 11:30 a.m.: Older Girl Advisory Board roundtable- How are you working towards a better future?

2 – 3 p.m.: Asserting Your Power as a Changemaker

4:30 – 5:30 p.m.: Continuing the Discussion on United Nations Girl’s Rights Town Hall

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.

Volunteer Opportunity: Join the GSCO Global Action Team

Are you passionate about Girl Scouts? Are you passionate about learning about other cultures and the world beyond the United States? The Global Action Team invites you to join us!

The concept of “global” is present in everything Girl Scouts do. From earning your Violet Petal as a Daisy and learning how to be a sister to every Girl Scout to celebrating World Thinking Day to completing the Justice Journey as an Ambassador and exploring global environmental issues. The mission of the Global Action Team is to bring awareness of and create action steps on global issues that impact the lives of girls and women to make the world a better place through the worldwide sisterhood.

The Global Action Team meets virtually once a month to take action and try to infuse global ideas and concepts into everything Girl Scouts of Colorado does. Over the last few months, the Global Action Team has:

As we embark on a new membership year, we look forward to planning a virtual program for International Day of the Girl and (hopefully!) planning an in-person World Environment Day program at Meadow Mountain Ranch.

As we work to serve Girl Scouts across Colorado, we also are looking for members from across the state and we want you to join us! This is a wonderful opportunity to give back to the Girl Scout community and tap into your passion for all things global.

If interested, please review the position description and email the Global Action Team staff liaison, Aimee Artzer, at aimee.artzer@gscolorado.org.

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.

A Closer Look at Women’s Voting Rights Around the World

Submitted by Marty Allison, Chair of the Girl Scouts of Colorado Global Action Team

As we recognize the centennial of the 19th amendment and the women’s suffrage movement, Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Global Action Team takes a closer look at women’s voting rights around the world .

Can you believe that in 1689 women landowners in the State of Friesland, what we call the Netherlands today, were first able to vote! Throughout history, women have had many restrictions to their right to vote. Age and marital status were just two of them. Younger men could vote before women could. Women could vote, but not run for elections. Single women or widows could only vote in local elections. A woman’s level of education might determine her eligibility to cast a vote. Or, how about how only mothers with legitimate children could vote in local elections? In South West Africa, only white women could vote and not the native African women. In 1945 in the Dutch East Indies, Indonesia today, only European women could vote. In Liberia, Africa, in 1946 indigenous men and women did not get to vote until 1951 while American women could vote much earlier than that.

In 1948, the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and in 1952, they enacted the Convention of the Political Rights of Women. But, still it was 1962 before Australia allowed Aboriginal men and women to vote when South Australian women of European descent were able to vote way back in 1894!
In Kuwait, women were able to vote in 1985, but it was revoked in 1999 only to regain the vote in 2005. In Afghanistan, the Taliban revoked women’s right to vote in 1996 and after their fall in 2001, women regained the right to vote. Saudi Arabian women gained the right to vote in local elections in 2015 and be appointed to local positions.

While we celebrate 100 years since the ratification of the 19th Amendment in the United States, we also take a closer look at the history of women of color’s voting rights. Did you know . . .

  • Full exercise of Black voting rights was intended with the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
  • Native American women were largely excluded from voting before the Indian Citizenship Act of 1924; some states and localities still passed laws effectively barring Natives from voting until the late 1940s.
  • Not until the late 1940s and 1950s were restrictions on Asian American voting removed.

Today, we are proud that women in all of the 150 countries of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) (https://www.wagggs.org/en/our-world/) have the right to vote!

Resources

Interested in joining the Global Action Team? Email GSCO staff liaison, Aimee Artzer, at aimee.artzer@gscolorado.org.

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.

Happy Birthday Our Chalet: Activities for Friday, July 31, 2020

Submitted by the GSCO Global Action Committee

On Friday, July 31, Our Chalet celebrates its 88th Birthday! Girl Scouts of Colorado sends their best wishes to Our Chalet, one of the five World Centres of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts.  This is going to be an exciting and fun week with five days of celebration for this birthday! Do you like it when your birthday celebrations spread out over more than one day? If so, watch the GSCO Blog each day so you can celebrate with girls from all around the world.

Today, July 31 , Our Chalet celebrates its 88th birthday! How do you like to celebrate your birthday? Our Chalet is 88 years old this year! Could you put 88 candles on a cake? That would be dangerous. So, let’s do a chocolate or a cheese fondue instead. Your girls can do these with a little help from an adult. So, have fun and celebrate Our Chalet’s big birthday!

Hope you have enjoyed the week of visiting Our Chalet and Switzerland.

Now, here are eight more reasons why EVERYONE should visit Switzerland and the Swiss Alps!

  1. Skiing — top spots for skiing in the world. The World Cup has been held on the slopes just outside Adelboden.
  2. Scenery — Mountains, lakes, blue skies. 38 peaks more than 13,000 feet
  3. Culture —
    1. Alpenhorns, yodeling, cows and cowbells, cuckoo clocks
    2. Yodeling has evolved from a way to communicate between goat herders in the mountains to a form of music often associated with Switzerland. The alpenhorn was also used by shepherds and almost disappeared but is now a national symbol and entertainment for tourists
  4. Hiking — Lots of trails measured by the time it takes to hike from one place to another not measured in miles
  5. Quaint Alpine Villages
  6. Food — Cheese fondue, Chocolate
  7. Matterhorn — World’s most photographed mountain
  8. Top of Europe — To get to the top of the mountain, one takes a train to the highest railway station in Europe to view the two peaks — the Jungfrau and Monch

Travel

Now, maybe you have gotten the travel bug yourself! Did you know that you can travel with Girl Scouts? It’s a big world. Girl Scouts love to dream about where they can travel—from the field trips they might take as Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors to the global adventures available as Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors. If you love exploring different places and cultures, you can experience all that our country has to offer, and you can plan even bigger adventures around the world, traveling with other Girl Scouts who share your dreams and love of adventure. Interest in the world has been an integral part of our movement since the very beginning. As Juliette Gordon Low, founder of Girl Scouts of the USA stated:

“Girl Guiding and Girl Scouts is the magic thread which links the youth of the world together.”

If you would like to know more about travel and adventures go to: forgirls.girlscouts.org /travel

This blog has been brought to you by the members of the Girl Scout of Colorado Global Action Team.  If you have any questions or comments please direct them to gscoloradoglobal@gmail.com.

RESOURCES FOR MORE GLOBAL GIRL SCOUTING INFORMATION

WAGGGS website

World Centres Websites

World Centres Facebook

GSCO website

GSCO Global Action Team Video

GSCO Global Girl Scouting Flyer

Destinations, Getaways, and International Events

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.