2021 Day of Service

Submitted by Marie Merrill-Exton

Southwestern CO

Pagosa Springs

Sage, a Brownie from Pagosa Springs, celebrated Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Day of Service by doing community service in her community, like picking up trash.

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Countdown to World Thinking Day: Part Two

Submitted by Girl Scouts of Colorado Global Action Team

World Thinking Day Theme – Peacebuilding

Stand Together for Peace. World Thinking Day brings more than ten million Girl Guides and Girl Scouts together this year to stand together around the world to call for and create peace; in our lives and in the world.

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 and agreed that February 22 would now be known as a special day for Girl Guides and Girl Scouts worldwide.

While it may feel that today, peacebuilding is more relevant and necessary than any other time, peacebuilding has been at the heart of Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting for the last 100 years. Peacebuilding includes each and every one of us and comes about in so many different and meaningful ways if done with intention and authenticity.

There are three strands to this year’s peacebuilding theme:

  • Stand Strong 
    • Understand what peacebuilding means
    • Explore the issues and actions that can lead to conflict and those that lead to peace
    • Empower themselves to be peacebuilders
  • Stand Up 
    • Explore conflict situations from different perspectives
    • Practice adapting their behaviour to resolve conflict and build peace
    • Explore the link between discrimination, exclusion, and peace
  • Stand Together 
    • Make choices rooted in their values
    • Consider the ripple effect of their actions, and how they may impact different groups
    • Take action towards creating a more welcoming and peaceful society

This year, the GSCO Global Action Team encourages you to complete at least two activities from the free downloadable activity pack. If you’re feeling inspired, consider completing the World Thinking Day badge (requirements at bottom of WTD page). There are also additional World Thinking Day activity downloads on this GSUSA page.

Finally, if you would like to do the World Thinking Day activities together with girls from around the world, you can sign up for a World Thinking Day Session with WAGGGS on February 20, 21, or 22, 2021. View all and register here.

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SPCA for Day of Service

Submitted by Brownie and Daisy Troop 45275

Pikes Peak

Fountain

Our Brownies and Daisies got together on Zoom to create dog biscuits and cat toys for the SPCA. The girls worked on their overhand knots with felt and made yummy treats for the dogs!

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2021 Day of Service

Submitted by Amber Biviano

Metro Denver

Parker

Genevieve and Mackenzie collected winter gloves/socks, snacks, and toiletries to support a local cafe’s efforts to feed and provide essentials for those experiencing homelessness in our community throughout the winter.

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Community Clean-Up

Submitted by Stephanie Rosch

Metro Denver

Westminster

Troop 61359 spent some time on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day cleaning up the local streets! After cleaning, they wrote some awesome messages in chalk to make neighbors smile while out and about! Girls in this fabulous troop won’t let anything stop them from helping others and leading the way.

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Troop 67254 Community Clean-Up

Submitted by Josephine Hamm

Metro Denver

Englewood

Several of our girls spent their Monday afternoon celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day by spreading love in our community. Girls from our troop went out and took pride in their community by picking up trash. They practiced social distancing by dividing and conquering. Girls proudly wore their Girl Scout Junior vests,  face masks, and disposable gloves, as well as carried trash bags. One of our Juniors headed to Cottonwood Creek Elementary School with her younger Daisy sister and led her in a trash pick-up effort. She let her younger sister get the bigger “better” pieces of trash that had blown around the school yard. Another Junior took a nice hike with her younger brother to pickup trash around the Cherry Creek Reservoir. Thankfully, they didn’t find much trash. Another Junior picked up cigarette butts and trash in her neighborhood common area. At the end, the girls took pride in knowing they did their small part to make their community better.

Our girls showed their Girl Scout spirit and definitely exude the Girl Scout Law. While other kids were out playing, our girls took time to make a difference in their community and a couple even mentored their younger siblings. There is nothing glamorous about picking up trash, but they felt a great sense of accomplishment when they were done cleaning the areas they had concentrated on. As a parent and Girl Scout leader, I’m so proud of our small, but mighty Junior Troop 67254.

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Earn Special Patches During the 2021 Cookie Program 

The 2021 Girl Scout Cookie Program will be unlike any we have ever seen! Girl Scouts will be flexing that entrepreneurial muscle, finding innovative ways to reach their goals and making our world a better place. Girl Scouts of Colorado has TWO NEW patches for girls to earn to celebrate all the ways girls are doing this—while staying safe in the midst of a global pandemic.

Host a virtual cookie booth on Super Bowl weekend! Colorado Girl Scouts who do will receive a FREE Virtual Cookie Booth patch if they complete this online form (https://girlscoutsofcolorado.formstack.com/forms/virtual_cookie_booth_patch_2021) no later than Tuesday, February 9, 2021. Please note that this form will not open until February 6. Learn more about hosting a virtual booth on the Girl Scouts of Colorado website: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/content/dam/girlscoutsofcolorado/documents/2021%20Virtual%20Cookie%20Booth%20Guide.pdf 

Colorado Girl Scouts can also earn a FREE Pandemic Perseverance patch by doing the following:

  • Take a photo showcasing how you’re preserving to reach your cookie goal. This can be a photo of you working on your Digital Cookie website, hosting a virtual cookie booth, dropping off cookies on a friend or family member’s doorstep, etc.
  • Upload your photo(s) and story using the Share Your Stories form on the GSCO Blog: www.gscoblog.org/share. The best photos and stories will be shared on the GSCO Blog and social media networks.
  • Complete our online form (https://girlscoutsofcolorado.formstack.com/forms/pandemic_perseverance_patch_2021) no later than Tuesday, March 9, 2021. 
  • You can also share your photo on FacebookTwitter, or Instagram. Be sure to tag Girl Scouts of Colorado. Twitter and Instagram users should also use #GSColo and #GirlScoutCookies.

These patches are free only to Colorado Girl Scouts.

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Park Clean-Up

Submitted by Grace H.

Metro Denver

Arvada

For the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, we went to a park to pick up garbage. We were going to go to a local park, but decided to go to Rocky Mountain National Park instead. Unfortunately, there was snow covering the ground, so we didn’t find anything to pick up. We did find some elk though! We made sure to clean up everything except our footprints. We wanted to do our part to leave no trace.

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February 2021 Badge Series: Registration is NOW Open

Sign up for our Badge Series program in February 2021 to earn badges related to philanthropy. This program is the perfect complement to the work you are doing through the Girl Scout Cookie Program to learn about being an entrepreneur and philanthropy!

We will kick off the month of February with leaders and girls accessing the courses on our new Google Classroom site. Login information will be sent in the evening of February 2!

Badges for this month are:

If you are not a member of Girl Scouts of Colorado, you can register your girl by accessing our nationwide registration form: https://gscolorado.formstack.com/forms/badge_series_girl_scouts_nationwide_virtual_2020_2021

The deadline to register is Monday, February 1.

Questions? Email MaryKatherine.Thorn@gscolorado.org.

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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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