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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.

Pax Lodge Virtual Pub Lunch

You are invited to join the members of the Friends of Pax Lodge
USA Committee for a virtual pub lunch to raise funds for the World
Foundation for Girl Guides and Girl Scouts with an interest in Pax
Lodge on Saturday, September 26, 2020 at noon. Colleagues from England will be joining for a joyful gathering with songs, games, and a (virtual) tour of Pax Lodge. There will also be a live auction and one basket will include a certificate for bed nights at Pax Lodge!

Register here:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/friends-of-pax-lodge-usa-virtualpub-
lunch-tickets-107730687386?aff=ebdssbonlinesearch

The deadline to register is Thursday, September 24.

There is a $25 suggested donation for registration and patches will be available for an additional $5 to cover cost and postage. Pub recipes, song sheets, and game boards will be shared at the
same time the link is shared with registrants.

Pax Lodge Pub Lunch Flyer

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.

Take virtual tours of all WAGGGS World Centers

Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) hosted virtual tours of all WAGGGS World Centers in May 2020 and you can now access all the recordings online! Complete the registration forms linked here to access the recorded virtual tour.

Sangam – (https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/1248350724579030283)

Kusafiri – (https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/3718484960235969294)

Our Chalet – (https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/7865918686509375758)

Pax Lodge – (https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/7252239465433661966)

Our Cabana – (https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/6873352156677676811)

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.

Happy Birthday Our Chalet: Activities for Thursday, July 30, 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.

On our fourth day, we would also like to mention the July birthdays of two other World Centres of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS).

Our newest World Centre is Kusafiri in Africa, which moves around from country to country for different events. Kusafiri celebrated its ninth birthday on July 15. To learn more about Kusafiri, watch a video about the Centre’s history and learn some African dances. You can also visit Kusafiri’s Facebook Page and see some of their activities! Kusafiri means “to journey” in Swahili, one of the many languages of Africa.

Our Cabana in Mexico is the second oldest World Centre. It celebrated its 63rd birthday on July 24. Let’s go a little closer to home and travel to Mexico and Our Cabana. Here is a great tour of the buildings and the gardens and the pool. Need a swim today?

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 Wednesday, July 29, 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.

Let’s learn a bit about the languages of Switzerland. There are actually four major languages for the country, but we will look at only three of them. (French, German, Italian)

                      FRENCH             GERMAN        ITALIA

Blue                  Bleu                   Blau                    Azzumo

Yellow            Jaune                 Gelb                   Giallo

White             Blanc                  Weiss                Blanca

Hello              Bonjour             Guten Tag       Salve or Ciao

Thank you  Merci                   Danke               Grazie

Can you try to use one of the languages as you make your friendship necklace today?

Make a craft – Our Chalet Friendship Necklace

It is always fun to have a new Girl Scout necklace! When you wear this one, you will remember your fun visit to Our Chalet and celebrating its birthday!

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 Tuesday, July 28, 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.

Activities from Monday, July 27, 2020

Welcome to our second fun day of exploring Our Chalet and Switzerland! You can review a little of the Our Chalet history by doing this word search. There are 16 statements with words bolded that you must find. How many can you find?

You can find out much more about Our Chalet if you go to their web site at www.wagggs.org/en/our-world/world-centres/our-chalet/. What was most interesting to you? Do you want to go to a session at Our Chalet?

Do you like to color pictures? Here are some pictures from Our Chalet and Switzerland that you might choose to color. Grab your crayons, colored pencils or markers and get started. You can do them all if you want!

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 Monday, July 27, 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.

Switzerland, a small mountainous country located in central Europe, is a lot like our home state of Colorado! While we are well-known for the Rocky Mountains, Switzerland is well known for their snow-covered mountains called the Swiss Alps. Like Colorado, most of their mountain peaks are more than 13,000 feet with the most famous one (The Matterhorn) standing 14,692 feet tall!

High up in these Swiss mountains, there lies a Girl Scout World Centre called Our Chalet. Our Chalet opened its doors in 1932 and has been providing adventure and friendship to Girl Scout troops, groups, families, and individuals of all ages ever since. Guests come from all of over the world to participate in activities like skiing and ice skating in the winter and hiking and climbing in the summer. Girl Scouts can even attend special programs throughout the year which focus on outdoor adventures, leadership development, and international friendship.

Traveling to Switzerland also brings opportunities to try many specialties including fondue, swiss chocolate, and more than 450 different kinds of cheeses! You might also get to see Black Nose Sheep high up in the Alps or hear Alphorn blowing or yodeling in a local mountain town. Did you know that the children’s book “Heidi” was from Switzerland? What fun facts do you know about Switzerland?

We are off on a great adventure this week at Our Chalet in Switzerland! First, we will take a virtual tour of the Centre. Watch at least the first 20 minutes of this video as they tour you around the chalet (house) and the grounds. The rest of the video is showing you what to take in your backpack for a week’s trip to Our Chalet.

Now, do you know where in the world Switzerland is? Check out this link and you will find the flag and map of Switzerland with an arrow to the general location of Our Chalet. For fun, check out the Switzerland Maze and see if you can find your way through the country! Can you locate Our Chalet on this map?

Did you know that each World Centre has its own special song? Well, Our Chalet’s song tells about the mountains and the big sloping roof on the building. Listen to the song here and then sing along. 

You can stay at Our Chalet for just one night or several weeks. No matter how long your stay, you’ll meet people from all over the world and experience Girl Scouting like never before. How exciting to know that Our Chalet has just been opened to a limited number of guests as restrictions are starting to be lifted in various countries of Europe. Get your passports ready and meet us at Our Chalet in Switzerland!

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.

Two Sisters Experience the Juliette Low Seminar from Different Hubs

Submitted by Krista Beucler

Northern & Northeastern CO

Fort Collins

The Juliette Low Seminar takes place about once every three years, and, in 2019, it took place in 18 hub locations around the world, all at the same time. We learned about the new WAGGGS leadership mindsets, the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and how to fight gender barriers to leadership.

Girl Guides and Scouts from all over the world would be participating in JLS at the various hubs and we were so excited to see old friends and make new friends. I was assigned to the Thailand hub and my sister, Anna, was assigned to the Nigeria hub. All of the hubs were unique, but also shared the camaraderie of participating in a world movement. Since Anna and I participated in the same seminar in two different hubs, we’d love to share with you how our experiences were similar and different.

How did you get there? What was your hub like? Who was there?

Krista: After about 30 hours of travel (graciously paid for by Diane Saber and supported by the Look Wider Scholarship), I arrived in Bangkok and was met by representatives from the Girl Guide Association of Thailand. They brought me back to the GGAT headquarters where the participants would all be staying and experiencing the seminar. The Thailand hub hosted 23 participants representing 14 different countries, and five facilitators each from a different country. Helping our facilitators was the wonderful Thai logistics team made up of GGAT members who helped to keep the whole week running smoothly. Of our 23 participants, five were local Guide leaders in Thailand. In Thailand, schools decide if they want to participate in Guides and if they do, then all the girls in the school become Guides and their teachers are the leaders. My favorite part of attending international Guiding and Scouting events is always making new friends and learning more about their countries and their Guide organizations.

Anna: My journey started with research and obtaining a visa to visit Nigeria. Once on my way, I spent 24-ish hours between driving, flying, and layovers getting to the hub in Lagos. I was also met by local guides at the airport and was surprised by a familiar face! I had met Debbie last year when I volunteered at Kusafiri during the JLS facilitators training and now she was here in charge of the logistics team for Nigeria Hub! Such a small world! Nigeria Hub was located at a conference center near the airport in Lagos. We had 25 participants representing 14 countries. I definitely want to thank Diane Saber and the Look Wider Scholarship for making our trip possible!

How did you communicate?

K: Our hub took place in English, though we often paused to make sure everyone understood and the Thai participants helped to translate for each other.

A: While Hausa, Igbo, and Yoruba are widely spoken, the official language of Nigeria is English. Many of the countries surrounding Nigeria were colonized by France and speak French, so Nigeria Hub was conducted in French and English.

What did you eat?

K: Thai food! Our fabulous kitchen prepared us a variety of traditional Thai dishes throughout the week. My personal favorites were pad Thai and cashew chicken.

A: Lots of jollof rice! Other Nigerian favorites on offer included pepper soup, fried rice, boli, and groundnut. They made sure we were never hungry with the usual mix of meats, seafood, bean, rice, and of course, plantains all cooked in a myriad of combinations.

What was a typical day like?

K: The weeklong seminar basically involved learning about the six leadership mindsets that make up the new WAGGGS leadership model, gender barriers to leadership, and the Sustainable Development Goals during the daytime sessions. In the evenings we did activities like Thai culture night and international night. Thai night involved performances of traditional dance by local students, learning Thai crafts and games, and trying Thai snacks. At international night, each of the participants set up a table and shared snacks, badges, and small gifts from our countries. We also all shared short performances of dances, songs, and games from our countries. I brought some Girl Scout Cookies to share and taught everyone the classic camp song, Fred the Moose.

A: Krista summed it up! I imagine all of the hubs had similar sessions on the WAGGGS leadership mindsets, gender barriers to leadership, and the Sustainable Development Goals, but facilitated in different ways according to the culture of the location. And of course, we celebrated Nigeria night instead of Thai night!

Did you connect with other hubs?

K: Yes! During our opening ceremony we Skyped with the Taiwan hub, which passed the international guiding light to us, ceremonially lighting our candles, and we passed it on to the Maldives hub during their opening ceremony. We also got to Skype with other ‘mystery hubs’ where we played a guessing game to figure out where they were located. We spoke to Poland and the Maldives as mystery hubs. We also got to call into one of the UK hubs to hear Nicola Grinstead, former chair of the World Board, give a short speech. There was also a WAGGGS event app that helped us connect with others by posting photos in the participant space and message scouts from other hubs. I messaged Lisa at the Nigeria hub and Priya from the Sangam hub and we shared what we were doing at our hubs.

A: Despite trouble with technology, we managed to connect with Kusafiri in Tanzania for their presentation by Kate. Kate now works with Days for Girls in Tanzania educating young women on menstrual hygiene and female genital mutilation. Her journey to this point in her life was not easy. She told us how she escaped female genital mutilation herself by hiding in the trunk of a visiting family’s car when they left to return to thier home. She lived on the street for a time and used drugs before being befriended by a local pastor who helped her. She summed up her story by saying that sometimes you only need one person to see you and you may never realize how much you have helped someone by seeing them and reaching out to them. This inspiring thought helped us to start brainstorming our 100 girls projects. Besides this connection there were other attempts that did not work to connect virtually with other hubs but we knew they were there thinking of us as we connected on the online participant space.

Did you get to be tourists?

K: There was some time to be tourists in Bangkok. I arrived one day early for the Seminar and had a chance to visit a floating market and Wat Pho, one of the most famous temples in Bangkok, with two of the other participants–ladies from England and Madagascar. One evening, we also had free time to go out to dinner. The Thai participants wrangled the rest of us through busy public transportation to an open air market and we all had dinner together. After the seminar was over, I stayed a few extra days to visit an elephant sanctuary in Chiang Rai and see a few more of the sights in Bangkok.

A: We mostly stayed in the hotel learning about leadership, the Sustainable Development Goals and the culture of Nigeria. We were surprised on our community day with a visit to the Lekki Conservation Center where we got to do the longest canopy walk in Africa! We challenged ourselves and got to see views of the city. That day as we were driving around we got to see some of Lagos and drove over the longest bridge in Nigeria!

What was the most inspiring part of the seminar?

K: In preparation for our 100 Girls Project, we did a mini Lead Out Loud project in small patrols. Each patrol was to address a gender barrier and do a small project that would reach 30 people in four hours. I was pretty skeptical that we could have even that much impact in such a short time. My group decided to talk about catcalling and harassment women experience on the street. We made a Google survey asking about people’s experiences with catcalling and we filmed some video clips with people on the street and our fellow participants, asking them to share opinions and experiences. We made a poster with the results of our survey and after four hours we had received 40 responses. I was surprised we had managed to reach that many in such a short time, but I was even more surprised when I kept checking the results of the survey over the next few days and we had more than 400 responses from people from all over the world aged 14 to 55, more than 95% of which reported having been catcalled. Hearing about the mini projects the other groups at my hub did, I was surprised at the reach all of us were able to achieve. It taught me about the power of social media and teamwork, and helped make the 100 Girls Project seem less daunting.

A: The most inspiring part of the seminar for me was interacting with the other participants and discussing issues in their community. It inspired me to see how dedicated this group of young women was to making their world a better place.

Did you spend any time in the community?

K: We had a day to visit a community outside of Bangkok called Baan Khoksalung to learn about community development and leadership. The community is primarily from the Thai Bueng ethnic group and has faced some challenges related to the flooding of the nearby reservoir which wiped out a lot of their agricultural activities and forced many families to move. As a way to both preserve their traditional culture and identity, and to supplement their income, the community set up a local museum that hosts tourists for the day or overnight and shares dances, traditional craft making (mostly weaving and toy making), and cooking with guests. Baan Khoksalung is just one of many local museums all over Thailand that has found a unique way to keep their cultural traditions alive in a changing world. The community was so welcoming to us and shared their strategies for leadership in the community: dialogue, networking, system thinking, and strategy. The community really stressed communication as a way to bring happiness and harmony, and a way for the young people to learn from the elders, and in turn, for the elders to learn from the young people. We had the chance to learn traditional weaving of cloth and reed mats, and how to cook Thai pancakes.

We got to hear from a member of a local organization that supports leadership in business on our community day. She talked about gender equality and led a few activities on gender equality. After we went to EduPoint, a company that was started by graduates of the business leadership program that connects students with tutors. This was followed by lunch and tour of the Nigeria Girl Guide Association Headquarters. All of us participants did a Stop the Violence photoshoot on the roof of the headquarters. We got to meet with local Scouts from our logistics team and all went on the canopy walk together.

What is the 100 Girls Project?

K: At the end of our seminar, each of us returned home with a plan to share what we had learned about the leadership mindsets, the STGs, and gender equality with 100 girls and young women. While in Thailand, I made a plan for my 100 Girls Project, hoping to share what I learned at Our Chalet as a volunteer, and during my planned volunteering at a leadership workshop for young women in Guatemala this fall. With COVID-19, everything is pretty uncertain. I won’t be going to Our Chalet this summer, and Girl Scout camp won’t be in session either, nor will I be going to Guatemala. So right now, I’m working on a new plan to create an Instagram campaign about the WAGGGS leadership mindsets, sharing activities and inspiration for girls who are stuck at home. The Creative and Critical Thinking leadership mindset helps us adapt when things don’t go as planned and helps us find unique solutions to new problems.

A: I’m hoping to create a program for girls in Colorado who are thinking about doing a Gold Award. The program will help girls think about the WAGGGS leadership mindsets and the UN Sustainable Development Goals to identify a project that meets a need in their community. The goal will be to help girls create really thoughtful and impactful projects that make their world a better place.

That sounds awesome! How do I get involved in more international Guiding opportunities?

Anna and Krista: We’re so glad you asked! A lot of people are surprised when we tell them all of the international opportunities we have had through Girl Scouts, but we think it’s really important to remind everyone that Guiding and Scouting is a global movement and we’re all working together to support girls and young women of courage, confidence, and character around the world. If you’re still an active girl member, you can plan your own international trip! I recommend trying to connect with a troop in the country you want to visit to learn more about Scouting in their country, or visiting a World Center for a program. You can also check out GSUSA’s Destinations. If you are an adult volunteer, you can also participate in World Center programs, or you can volunteer or intern at the World Centers. Anna and I have both been World Center volunteers and we highly recommend it. Join the Global Leadership Opportunities pool, follow WAGGGS on social media, and check their website periodically to find out about global events like JLS. Scholarships are available to support girls who want to participate in international events, so make sure you check those out! The Look Wider Scholarship for Colorado girls is always a good place to start. We have made so many international friends and have gotten to feel like a part of a global movement; we just cannot recommend getting involved in international Guiding enough.

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