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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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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

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.

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.