Every year on February 22, Girl Guides and Girl Scouts around the world participate in globally themed activities allowing girls to acknowledge they are a part of a worldwide movement. GSCO understands many troops/service units celebrate World Thinking Day after the cookie program ends. If you’re planning to do that, consider inviting a returned Peace Corps volunteer to speak with girls. The Speakers Match program will help you find speakers in your area who can speak about their countries of service. Use this helpful online form to request a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer to speak with your troop: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfv43ukvBd9lb9tvBq4h5nHSIT0Scw_9-M9og57yP99hlAaEw/viewform
Troop 66796 invites you to join The Woods Service Unit to celebrate World Thinking Day 2020!
When: Saturday, March 7, 2020
Location: Al Lesser Building 9755 Henderson Rd Brighton
Time: 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (check-in and booth setup at 8:30 a.m.)
Investment (cost): $10 per girl
For the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS), leadership is a shared journey which empowers us to work together and bring positive change to our lives, the lives of others, and wider society. All of us can practice leadership by choosing to explore our “ways of being and thinking about the world” and using what we learn about ourselves to work on our behavior as leaders, every day.
At this World Thinking Day event, each registered troop will host a booth with a presentation about the country to share with other troops. Troops may also share food, SWAPS, songs, art, etc. from their chosen region, and should likely plan to use at least one/two meetings to prepare their materials. We realize that many first year Daisies, Juliettes, or other Girl Scouts may wish to attend this celebration without hosting a country booth. Girls are welcome to attend as a “tourist” at the same registration cost. (Max. number of tourists allowed will be 50.)
Take the lead on February 22, 2020 to celebrate World Thinking Day with Girl Scouts and Girl Guides from 150 countries! (That’s one big celebration!)
Promoted by the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS), along with Girl Scouts across the USA, World Thinking Day originated in 1926 when delegates from around the globe met at Camp Edith Macy—now called Edith Macy Conference Center—in New York state.
Every year since, World Thinking Day has called Girl Scouts and Girl Guides to join together and take part in activities that promote changing the world for the better. This year’s World Thinking Day theme is Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; check out our activity guides to explore many different ways girls can be leaders and create the change they want to see in the world—and celebrate being part of the global sisterhood that is Girl Scouts and Girl Guides!
The GSCO Global Action Committee also wants to hear from you about your exciting plans for World Thinking Day. If you are planning a World Thinking Day celebration, please fill out this form so the Global Action Committee can compile data and help you make your celebration the best it can be!
More updates from the GSCO Global Action Committee!
New Global Girl Scout flyer available
The Global Action Committee is thrilled to launch an updated flyer about all the global opportunities available to Girl Scouts. Available online through the Global section of anytime activities.
Girl Scout alums Anna Beucler, Krista Beucler, Kayleigh Cornell, and Caroline Farmar, along with GSCO Board Chair RaeAnn Dougherty participated in The Juliette Low Seminar, the flagship leadership development event for the World Association of Girl Scouts and Girl Guides (WAGGGS). Nearly 1,000 WAGGGS members from 150 countries traveled to 20 different host countries to make new friends, connect with different cultures, and exchange ideas on leadership and gender equality. The seminar took place November 14-20, 2019.
Anna, Krista, Kayleigh, and Caroline were each awarded funds from the RaeAnn & Richard E. Dougherty Look Wider International Travel Fund. Krista’s program was in Thailand, Anna’s in Nigeria, Kayleigh traveled to England, and Caroline to Peru.
Update as of August 15, 2019: A troop has been found for this opportunity.
** Girl Scouts of Colorado is looking for a troop of Girl Scout Juniors and/or Cadettes to continue communication with the Girl Guides in Zambia. Communication will be virtual via troop leaders and may be limited due to access to technology in Zambia. If interested, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. **
64 Girl Guides in Kabwe, Zambia recently learned about their American counterparts, Girl Scouts. The Zambian girls were pleased to hear that the Colorado Girl Scouts like many of the same activities as they do, such as reading, cooking, and hanging out with friends. They also share a commitment to service and aspire to become doctors, teachers, nurses, or entrepreneurs. Unlike Colorado girls, who might enjoy skiing, Zambian girls have never seen snow in their Texas-size country, which is about as far south of the equator as Honduras is north of it.
Seanna Silver, a lifetime Girl Scout, was honored to spend time with the Kabwe Girl Guides troop (or “company” as it is called in Zambia) on July 20, 2019. Seanna traveled to Zambia to visit her mother-in-law, Martha King, who’s serving there as a Peace Corps Response Volunteer working in HIV prevention. Martha was integral in reaching out to the Kabwe troop, coordinating with the Girl Guides leader, and setting up this special meeting.
Seanna shared information with the Kabwe girls about Girl Scouts and gave each one a special Colorado Tomahawk Ranch patch. She also taught them the Girl Scout Promise & Law and how to sing “Make New Friends.” The girls caught on quickly and sang beautifully. As a music teacher, Seanna was then delighted to learn a couple of the Zambian troop’s songs.
In the spirit of “making new friends,” the girls wrote letters to send to some Colorado girls, decorating them with colorful designs. Mwenzi, who’s 13 and in 9th grade, explained that “in our country we call Girls Scouts as Girl Guides, and I am so happy to write this letter to you.” She aspires to become a doctor, “so that I can help my country.”
15-year-old Anna wrote, “Please you should come in Zambia to see me, and I should like you to teach me English.” Although Zambia’s official language is English, most Zambians start home life speaking one of 72 indigenous languages or dialects. Most only begin to learn English once they attend school, and by fourth grade, they are taught exclusively in English. Many Zambians speak at least three languages.
Also 15, Charity would like to become a doctor or police officer, “so that there can be world peace.” She especially likes the good values and morals taught in her weekly Girl Guide meetings. Her 14-year-old friend, Rosemary, a chocolate fan, wants to become a nurse or a teacher. Rosemary enjoys singing the’ “Be Prepared” song, noting that their motto, like the Girl Scouts, is to “be prepared.” Doreen would like to know how Colorado girls learn about starting and growing a business. Her favorite pastimes include swimming, dancing, cooking, and singing Gospel songs.
The girls asked about what Colorado girls like to do, are eager to hear from some of them, and hope to make new friends!
Seanna was inspired to make this connection to carry on Eleanor Silver’s legacy with the Girl Scouts of Colorado. Special thanks to John Silver, Girl Scout volunteer, who had a big idea that became a reality.
Congratulations to Girl Scout alumnae Kayleigh Cornell and Caroline Farmar! They were each awarded $500 from the RaeAnn & Richard E. Dougherty Look Wider International Travel Fund for 2019. Both will participate in The Juliette Low Seminar, the flagship leadership development event for the World Association of Girl Scouts and Girl Guides (WAGGGS). Kayleigh will travel to England, hosted by Pax Lodge World Centre in the Europe Region. Caroline will travel to Lebanon, hosted by Association des Guides Du Liban in the Arab Region.
Nearly 1,000 WAGGGS members from 150 countries will travel to 20 different host countries to make new friends, connect with different cultures, and exchange ideas on leadership and gender equality. The seminar takes place November 14-20, 2019.
The goal of International Women’s Day is to bring to focus the inequality of women throughout the world and how it impacts the progress of girls.
For our part, GSCO wants to invite you to participate in a video project. On March 8, we are celebrating International Women’s Day with #PressforProgress and aiming to enhance gender equality.
Want to be part of the movement? You can!
We are asking you to submit a 15 second video of answering one question: What does equality mean to you?
Get your troop together and ask a parent or your leader for help. We need YOU to help make a difference. The videos will be edited into one compilation video that will launch on GSCO’s social media channels on International Women’s Day.
Tips and Tricks:
The video is no longer than 15 seconds
If recording on a phone, make sure it is horizontal (the long side of your phone is parallel with the ground)
Kayleigh is a 2017 Gold Award Girl Scout, a sophomore at CU Boulder, and is an intern for the Global Action Committee. She is creating events for the Global Action Days and showcasing members of the Global Action Committee.
In preparation for 2019 World Thinking Day, the GSCO Global Action Committee wants to hear from you about the exciting plans you’ve been working on for this time-honored event. If you are planning a World Thinking Day celebration, please fill out the form linked below so the Global Action Committee can compile data and help you make your celebration the best it can be!
Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) is seeking 26 participants ages 18–30 to attend the 2019 Juliette Low Seminar, an international leadership development program led by WAGGGS and focused on breaking gender barriers to leadership to drive change. The seminar will take place November 14–20, 2019, simultaneously in 20 “hub” locations around the world, including the in United States.
Applicants must be 18-30 years old and members of the Global Leadership Opportunities (GLO) Pool (or submit their application for the GLO Pool at the same time).
Applications are linked below and due by December 28, 2018. FAQs are also linked for more information.
Girl Scout Troop 70007 (Senior / Ambassador troop from Boulder) needs your help to get FIVE more registration commitments to join in the June 2 – June 10, 2019 ‘Acapulco Adventure II’ at the WAGGGS World Center Our Cabana. ALSO, there is a special ‘two for one’ all-inclusive price offer for relatives for those who commit in 2018 — bring mother / daughter, father / daughter, two sisters, two adults, etc. and the $1400 program fee covers two of you.
This is a girl-led troop and a girl-led trip. Grace F., Girl Scout Ambassador who is a Senior at Boulder High School, is the trip coordinator and go-getter. She has researched and organized the trip plan, including the budget. Grace, girl troop leader of Troop 70007, is taking the initiative to make this experience happen. Why? She wants to visit the WAGGGS World Center Our Cabana, meet other Girl Scouts from around the world, and do the sea turtle service project at Acapulco.