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Listen now: Meet an Expert – Girl Guide from Bangladesh

Girl Scouts of Colorado extends a giant thank you across 7,891 miles from Colorado to Dhaka, Bangladesh to Proma, a Bangladeshi Girl Guide who participated in our “Meet an Expert” program on February 22 in celebration of World Thinking Day.

Missed the program? Listen or watch now on our Meet an Expert playlist on YouTube.

More than 60 Girl Scouts from across the country joined the program to learn about Girl Guiding and life as a young woman in Bangladesh. The program was moderated by two young women in Colorado, Cassidy Christian, a Gold Award Girl Scout and active member of the Global Action Team, and Bebe Lin, also a Gold Award Girl Scout, active girl member of the Global Action Team, and current member of the Older Girl Advisory Board. Proma answered questions that Girl Scouts submitted in advance and told the girls all about her Girl Guide traditions, activities, and structure. She also spoke about her favorite foods, hobbies, and her interest in studying biology and genetics.

Girl Scouts who participated in the live session or listen to the recording can purchase their “Meet an Expert” patch online: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/about-girl-scouts/gsco-shop.html

Questions? Email 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.

Celebrating World Thinking Day

Submitted by Troop 65857

Metro Denver

Parker

Our troop did World Thinking Day activities at our meeting on Saturday, February 20, 2021. We had an awesome, in-depth discussion with their guest peacebuilder about what peacebuilding looks like and how they can take some peacebuilding ideas to their everyday lives. They worked together on their Peace Pledge.

I am a peacebuilder because I’m stronger than the dark.

I am making this peace pledge to relax.

I believe we should have respect and no war in the world.

I want to help make a difference for peace by stopping the drama.

It’s important to respect and listen to others because everyone has their own opinion.

I plead to be a peacebuilder every day in my home, school,

community, and the world.

Signed, Troop 65857

Happy World Thinking Day!

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.

Peacebuilding for World Thinking Day

Submitted by Brownie Troop 75989

Northern & Northeastern CO

Lafayette

Brownie Troop 75989 from Lafayette celebrated World Thinking Day by displaying their peace pledge and the pinwheels for peace they made in Lafayette Old Town. They are planning to further build peace by using some of their cookie money to buy healthy foods for Sister Carmen Community Center Food Bank.

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.

World Thinking Day: Let’s make a more welcoming world

From Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA)

Let’s get inspired by peace activists and celebrate World Thinking Day!

Our theme for 2021 is “Peacebuilding.”  

Let’s take the opportunity to:  

Since 1926, Girl Guides and Girl Scouts all over the world have celebrated World Thinking Day on February 22. It’s a special day when we explore the global dimensions of Girl Scouting and take action to make the world a better place. 

Today, and every day, practice peacebuilding and help create a more peaceful world! Happy World Thinking Day! 

Check out World Thinking Day activities for
Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors | Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors

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World Thinking Day 2021: How to Participate

 

 

Submitted by Krista Beucler and Anna Beucler

Northern & Northeastern CO

Fort Collins

What is World Thinking Day?

Since 1926, World Thinking Day on February 22 has been a day of international friendship for Girl Guides and Girl Scouts all over the world. February 22 is the birthday of Lord Baden Powell, founder of Boy Scouts, and his wife Olave Baden Powell, who was one of the founders of Girl Guides. On February 22, Girl Guides and Girl Scouts connect with each other and join together in global action to make the world a better place.

For the last two years, the World Association Girl Guides and Girl Scouts’ (WAGGGS), World Thinking Day themes have set the foundation for peacebuilding: we have empowered leaders and explored why it is important for our communities to be rich in diversity, equity and inclusion. In this year’s activity pack, Girl Guides and Girl Scouts in 152 countries will become better peace builders so we can truly live out our global promise. You can find the Activity Pack here.

How to Earn Your Badge

Complete one activity from each section of the activity pack: Stand Strong, Stand-Up, Stand Together, then complete the Our Global Promise activity. Once you’ve completed the activities, you can get your WAGGGS World Thinking Day badge from the shop.

Join Anna and Krista

Anna and Krista are lifetime  Girl Scouts and have participated in international Guiding and Scouting opportunities including World Thinking Day events at Pax Lodge and Sangam World Centres, and the Juliette Low Seminar.

This year, because of COVID-19, most activities look a little different. Anna and Krista will be hosting World Thinking Day activities online. They welcome everyone to participate with them on TikTok or Instagram to earn the World Thinking Day badge!

Here’s how you can participate:

  1. Follow the project on TikTok (@jls100girls) and Instagram (@jls100girls).
  2. Learn from an informational video about World Thinking Day.
  3. Participate in the three activities and the Global Promise activity.
  4. Like, comment on, and share the videos.

You can complete the activities and let us know in a variety of ways. On TikTok, you can duet, stitch, use our sounds, or make a new video, and tag us. On Instagram, you can post photos or videos and tag us. Or, if you’re uncomfortable sharing your photos or videos publicly, you can send them to us privately at jls100girls@gmail.com. Once you’ve completed all the activities, you’ve earned the World Thinking Day badge!

Did you enjoy World Thinking Day? Well, don’t go anywhere yet! Anna and Krista will be continuing to post activities you and your troop can do from home on TikTok and Instagram. These activities will focus on the WAGGGS Leadership Mindsets, the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, and how to build a Gold Award project!

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.

Countdown to World Thinking Day 2021

Submitted by the GSCO Global Action Team

Hopefully, you have been busy finding out why we celebrate World Thinking Day (WTD), what this year’s theme is (peacebuilding), and the meaning of the World Pin or Badge.

Continuing our progress thru the Countdown to World Thinking Day document, it is time to find out about the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) and where the Five World Centers are located.

My Experience

The Five (5) World Centers are our home away from home. I have been privileged to go to four of the World Centers. My first trip was with a patrol of girls from Mountain Prairie Girl Scout Council to a program at Our Chalet in Adelboden in the Swiss Alps of Switzerland. There were nine girls and two adults (including me) that left DIA for a four-week trip to include ten days at Our Chalet and quick trips into Germany, Austria, Italy, France, and a final stop in London with a visit to Olave House (predecessor of Pax Lodge). Well, I was hooked on international travel and visits to the World Centers.  I could talk on and on about how wonderful the World Centers are, but you have work to do to discover it yourself!

World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts – (WAGGGS) – Countries

Did you know that each Girl Scout has nearly 10 million sisters?  Yes, and this sisterhood reaches to girls and young women from round the world and reside in the 152 member countries of the WAGGGS.

On a map of the world, mark the countries that have Girl Guides or Girl Scouts. Go to the WAGGGS website and Our World – Regions you will see all the Regions listed. Each Region lists its countries.

  • What are the five region names as indicated by the (?) marks above?
  • Choose a region and check out what member countries are there? Click on several of the countries.
  • Look at their pins. Are they similar to ours or different?
  • How many members do they have?
  • Do they have only girls or do they have boys too?
  • Compare their membership numbers to our Girl Scouts of Colorado membership of about 20,000.

World Centers

As a starting place for information, look in the “Our Girl Scout World section of your Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting Handbook” where there is lots of information about the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) and the World Centers.

  • Check out the WAGGGS website for more information on each center.
  • What events does each host?
  • What are some of the other things you can do at while at each Center?
  • There are video tours of each World Center that are a must see!
  • For Our Chalet, there is a Birthday Blog that the Global Action Team did in July.
  • Which is the newest World Center? Why does it not have a building?
  • Which World Center do you want to visit and why?

Special World Center Announcement —  Virtual Programs with activities

As the World Centers are temporarily closed for 2021 and not hosting face-to-face events, teams at the centers have been busy developing a multitude of virtual programs in the following areas:

Global Adventures

Race across Europe completing mini challenges; travel through London while learning about our founders and those who have shaped Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting through time; learn what’s needed to take part in an international World Center adventure and hear first-hand  the amazing experiences of Girl Guides/Girl Scouts who have been there.

Cultural  Discoveries

Explore different cultural celebrations and skills from the countries our World Centers are located in. Take a virtual trip through the Swiss Alps, move virtually around the Africa Region, celebrate the Festival of Light with Sangam, and enjoy the Queen of England’s Birthday with Pax Lodge. Try out a new cultural skill from Bollywood dancing to cooking a traditional Indian dish and much more.

World Center Explorations

Join a virtual tour of a World Center, an information session, try some activities virtually, and learn about what makes our World Centers so special to our Movement. Meet members of the World Center Team members and ask the questions you have always wanted to ask!

International Connections

Be part of the Global sisterhood along with hundreds of other Guides and Scouts from across the whole Movement to celebrate World Thinking Day, International Women’s Day, and International Friendship Day.

These programs are scheduled to run through out the year. Check out the program dates by by registering for the events at the following site: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/wagggs-world-centre-virtual-programme-32268147887

Thanks for joining our journey through The Countdown to World Thinking Day.  In the coming weeks, there will be more fun things to do in preparation for the BIG DAY – World Thinking Day on February 22.

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.

2021 World Thinking Day: Compassion Meditation and Yoga

In Girl Scouts, you are part of a special group of girls that stretches across the world. On February 22 of each year, Girl Scouts and Girl Guides from 150 countries celebrate World Thinking Day — that’s one big celebration! World Thinking Day is a way to celebrate with girls all over the world by doing the same activities around a shared theme. The 2021 World Thinking Day theme is “peacebuilding.”

The Compassion Meditation and Yoga  program on Wednesday, February 17 from 4:30 – 5:15 p.m. provides an opportunity for Girl Scouts of all ages to complete Step Three of the World Thinking Day Award activities for Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors. Step Three: Explore Peacebuilding in Girl Scouts, Choice One: Practice compassion meditation. A professional yoga teacher will lead girls through beginner yoga and meditation.

Register now: https://gscolorado.formstack.com/forms/world_thinking_day_compassion_meditation_and_yoga_virtual_02_17_2021

Girl Scouts of all ages are invited to participate, however the program is designed for girls in fourth grade and up.

World Thinking Day Activity Guide for Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors: https://www.girlscouts.org/content/dam/girlscouts-gsusa/forms-and-documents/For-Girls/think-global/GSUSA_World-Thinking_Day_2021_CSA.pdf

When registering you are telling us you will be logging in LIVE February 17 at 4:30 p.m. MST! Our facilitator will prepare based on registration numbers, so please make sure you log in on time. This program will not be recorded. Please make sure to wear comfortable clothes that you can move in.

We will use Zoom to host this program. All information on how to join online or via phone will be emailed out to registrants the day before the program. Each individual participant should be registered so we can track participation. Please do not share the information on how to join with others who have not registered.

Registration will close February 16.

Questions? Email 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.

Countdown to World Thinking Day 2021

Submitted by Sarah Johnson, GSCO Global Action Team

So many of us have seen this symbol, the World Badge throughout our Girl Scout experience. We know it has to do with our worldwide connections, yet many of us could use a refresh on the meaning of the symbols on the badge. 

The golden trefoil on a bright blue background represents the sun shining over all the children of the world; the three leaves represent the three-fold promise as originally laid down by the founder; the base of the stalk represents the flame of the love of humanity; the vein pointing upwards through the centre of the trefoil is the compass needle pointing the way; and the two stars represent the Promise and Law.

Serving as the unifying symbol of the World Association of Girl Scouts and Girl Guides (WAGGGS), girls and adults wear their pin in proud sisterhood with girls and women from around the world. 

I still have memories of receiving my World Badge pin 30 years ago as a Girl Scout Brownie. We had a meaningful ceremony with five candles in a special wood log candle holder, representing each of the symbols of the badge. We received our pins that day and I still have that original pin today and wear it with pride. 

Today, we encourage troops to hold World Badge ceremonies before giving girls their World Badge pin. Here are a couple ceremony plan ideas: 

You may also want to include the World Song,  WAGGGS official anthem into your ceremony plan.  https://youtu.be/1gKXt2s5pNw

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 World Thinking Day: Meet a Girl Guide from Bangladesh

Did you know that there are ten million Girl Scouts and Girl Guides who represent 150 countries all over the world?

In celebration of World Thinking Day 2021, Girl Scouts of all ages are invited to a special “Meet an Expert” session on Monday, February 22 at 5 p.m. to meet a Girl Guide from Bangladesh! Register now: https://gscolorado.formstack.com/forms/meet_an_expert_girl_guide_from_bangladesh_webinar_02_22_2021

We ask that girls submit questions for our guest in advance using the registration form. Our guest will tell girls all about life in Bangladesh, what she does as a Girl Guide, and then answer questions from Girl Scouts.

When registering you are telling us you will be logging in LIVE! Our guest will prepare based on registration numbers, so please make sure you log in on time. The program will be recorded and posted to the GSCO YouTube channel. Do not register if you plan to watch the recording.

We will use Zoom to host this program. All information on how to join online or via phone will be emailed out to registrants the day before the program. Each individual participant should be registered so we can track participation. Please do not share the information on how to join with others who have not registered.

Registration will close February 18.

Questions? Email 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.

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 can send in her story here.