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W.A.G.G.G.S.: Who we are

The World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts is the largest voluntary Movement dedicated to girls and young women in the world. Our diverse Movement represents ten million girls and young women from 150 countries.

For more than 100 years Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting has transformed the lives of girls and young women worldwide, supporting, and empowering them to achieve their fullest potential and become responsible citizens of the world.

Our strengths lie in innovative non-formal education programs, leadership development, advocacy work, and community action, empowering girls and young women to develop the skills and confidence needed to make positive changes in their lives, in their communities, and countries.

We deliver these programs in five W.A.G.G.G.S. Regions: AfricaArabAsia PacificEurope, and Western Hemisphere. We also hold advocacy and leadership events at our five World Centers: Our Chalet in Switzerland, Sangam in India, Pax Lodge in the UK, Our Cabaña in Mexico, and Kusafiri, our World Centre traveling around Africa. Through our global programs, girls from all over the world come together to learn new skills, share their international experiences, and form lifelong friendships.

Our Vision is for: All girls are valued and take action to change the world.

Our Mission is: To enable girls and young women to develop their fullest potential as responsible citizens of the world.

WAGGGS Countries 2016 – 10-18

2019 World Thinking Day theme and toolkits

Take the lead on February 22 to celebrate 2019 World Thinking Day with Girl Scouts and Girl Guides from 150 countries! (That’s one big celebration!) Girls also celebrate World Thinking Day throughout the spring.

Promoted by the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS for short) along with Girl Scouts of the USA, World Thinking Day originated in 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 February 22 would henceforth be known as a special day for Girl Guides and Girl Scouts worldwide.

Every year since, World Thinking Day has called for Girl Scouts and Girl Guides to join together and take part in activities that promote changing the world for the better.

The theme for World Thinking Day in 2019 is leadership!

Check out our activity guides below 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!

Activity Guide for Girl Scout Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors: https://www.girlscouts.org/content/dam/girlscouts-gsusa/forms-and-documents/For-Girls/think-global/GSUSA_World-Thinking-Day_18_Activities%20DBJ-B.pdf

Activity Guide for Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors: https://www.girlscouts.org/content/dam/girlscouts-gsusa/forms-and-documents/For-Girls/think-global/GSUSA_World-Thinking-Day_18_Activities%20CSA-B.pdf

Check out the Global Action Toolkit for more information on celebrating global action days throughout the year: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/content/dam/girlscoutsofcolorado/documents/globalactiondaystoolkit_final_aug2018.pdf

Tour of Nations 2019

Submitted by Sharon Manning

Northern & Northeastern CO

Longmont

Troop 73392 is hosting Tour of Nations on March 17, 2019 at the Boulder County Fairgrounds exhibit building in Longmont.

The theme for World Thinking Day in 2019 is “Celebrating 110 years of Adventure.” Join the adventure by hosting a country from the WAGGGS website or visiting the event as a tourist.

Several countries have already been chosen, such as Australia, Greece, Holland, and Colombia , so gather your Girl Scout sisters and start planning!

For more information, please visit the GSCO website/event calendar or contact Sharon Manning at sharon_colorado@msn.com for a  flyer.

This story was submitted using the Share Your Stories form. You can share your Girl Scout moments, too.

Rosewood service unit’s World Thinking Day 2018 celebration

Submitted by Charity Brennan

Metro Denver

Lakewood

On April 14, 2018, the Rosewood service unit hosted its 4th annual World Thinking Day event with more than 275 girls in attendance. This included all levels of Girl Scouts representing 30 countries and vendors, Spark Fun, Waste Management, Outdoor Adventure, and WAGGGS, at the event.

The day started off with opening words from Stephanie Foote, President & CEO of GSCO, informing the girls about the importance of travel and how she had recently visited Morocco. Ms. Foote said when she visits a new country her favorite thing is to pick up a new recipe, then shares it with family and friends when she returns.

There were also two Ambassadors, Eilish “Silky” and Taylor “Doppie,” who have been Girl Scouts for 12 years. They spoke about their Gold Award plans. They have always helped support unit events and have also earned their Bronze and Silver Awards. Rosewood’s mission is “Girl Scouts for life, leaders for life,” which we are promoting as an incentive for the Girl Scouts to earn all three Highest Awards.

Then, the Girl Scouts, leaders, and families toured the countries, tasted new food, exchanged SWAPS with each other, and learned about Girl Scouts in other countries. This year’s WTD focus was IMPACT. Waste Management joined us to talk about recycling and how to protect the planet. “It is something small that has a big impact”.

Everyone was also asked to bring Girl Scout leader supplies to swap &/or share and we took ARC donations as another way to cause an IMPACT.

A big thank you to all the volunteers and Girl Scouts that made this a fun and educational event for everyone. We hope you can join us next year for our fifth annual event.

This story was submitted using the Share Your Stories form. You can share your Girl Scout moments, too.

WTD 2018: Troop 551’s creek cleanup

Submitted by Clair M.

Pikes Peak

Colorado Springs

Saturday, March 17, 2018 was a beautiful day for Troop 40551’s World Think Day 2018 : Creek Cleanup.  Each year, World Thinking Day has a different theme that Girl Guides and Girl Scouts around the world can learn about and take action on. This year we focused on: MAKE AN IMPACT! by hosting a super fun global impact event to help the Sand Creek Watershed!

Our fabulous Girl Scouts got together to motivate one another to make a positive change in our community.  It was such a great day!! All ages were welcome.

Girl Scouts came for an interactive learning experience, and brought their friends and families to join in, as they rolled up their sleeves and worked together to take-action and clean-up a section of Sand Creek and the adjoining trail.  Girl Scout Daisies and Brownies along with other littler ones kept to cleaning nearest the trail.  Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors along with other volunteers ventured to the areas directly adjacent to the trail (without going into the water), picking up larger debris, depending on their comfort levels.  And most importantly, we did it all while trying to make it as fun as possible to collect trash. We just might have been part of Girl Scouts first Super Hero TRASH MOB!

Lowes donated hauling carts and trash bags. The Neighborhood Services Code Enforcement Unit donated a 30-yard dumpster.
Onsite we had representatives/booths from WAGGS, Rocky Mountain Field Institute, Trails Open Space Coalition and CSP Water Resources Engineering Division.

These people took the time to interact with Girl Scouts/volunteers to educate attendees in how to be a part of the solution, instead of part of the problem.  And some were even interested in becoming part of the cities Adopt-A-Waterway Program.  Here are the estimated results of the cleanup:

– Number of volunteers: 175
– Hours of volunteerism: 4 hours window equates to 612 hours of labor
– Value of volunteer hours: $14,785.75
– 23 cubic yards of trash were collected
– Pounds/Tons of litter Removed: 3,800 pounds/ 1.9 tons

Seeing the excitement when shown how to make an impact, helped make our WTD Creek Cleanup a great experience!  Thank you to all the Girl Scouts, their friend and families, for working so hard and to make our community a better place.

We would love to share our experiences with you at our next Creek Cleanup Event -especially with Earth Day coming soon.

Let’s get outdoors, get active, and create some good for our community because our watersheds need helping hands! Troop 40551, imagines every time we do a creek cleanup, we should pull out our super hero costumes and have fun!! #GirlScoutsareSuperHeroes

This story was submitted using the Share Your Stories form. You can share your Girl Scout moments, too.

Juniper Trail and Tawasi service units celebrate World Thinking Day

Submitted by Aimee Rogers

Metro Denver

Centennial

Friday March 16, 2018, Girl Scouts from the Juniper Trail and Tawasi service units celebrated World Thinking Day. This year, the girls learned about Japan.

Cherry Blossom festivals, trying new food, making Koinobori, folding origami, and learning the Japanese Folk dance Odon from the dancers at DBT Minyou-kai are just some of the things the girls got to experience at this amazing event.

Girl Scout Cadettes from Troop 64229 planned and helped run this event of 263 girls. The older Girl Scouts also practiced their leadership skills while working on internship hours for their Program Aid certification.

This story was submitted using the Share Your Stories form. You can share your Girl Scout moments, too.

#Grow with Steamboat: World Thinking Day celebration

Submitted by Nancy Mucklow

Mountain Communities

Steamboat Springs

Celebrating Girl Scouts World Thinking Day was a BLAST and a badge earning opportunity for 14 troops in Steamboat Springs! Following the WAGGGS #Grow theme, a badge event was coordinated at the Strings Pavilion, in partnership with Strings in the Mountains, a local arts supporter, Colorado State Forest Service, and Yampa Valley Sustainability Council.

From an educational video about WAGGGS and our world centers (made by two Cadette troops) to the “When We Shine” dance choreographed by a Cadette troop, and badge and leadership stations led by Cadette and Senior/Ambassador troops as well as the Forest Service and Sustainability Council, all kicked off by our Silver Award Cadette troop’s flag ceremony, Steamboat Girl Scouts and friends participated in an afternoon session with Girl Scouts of all ages and a special visit from incoming GSCO Board of Directors President, Rae Ann Dougherty to earn the World Thinking Day Challenge badge.

In addition to earning the badge, girls went home with a tree to plant from CSFS AND a discount code to attend a Strings in the Mountains showing of James and the Giant Peach.

This event was sponsored by the Lufkin Family Fund for Girl Scouts in Routt County.

This story was submitted using the Share Your Stories form. You can share your Girl Scout moments too.

Earn your World Thinking Day and Global Action Awareness badges

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From Girl Scouts of the USA

The 2017 World Thinking Day theme is “Grow”—– inspiring girls to explore, stretch, and take on new challenges. Girls can choose from a wide selection of ways to earn their World Thinking Day badges, from planting a garden to traveling abroad with their Girl Scout troop.

The theme for this year’s Global Action award is “Increasing Girls’ Access to Education.” At Girl Scouts, we believe every girl deserves the chance to get an education—– yet in many parts of the world, it’s hard for girls to go to school and finish their education, whether due to poverty, lack of schools, or cultural factors. This year, Girl Scouts at all grade levels can earn their award by addressing this worldwide problem, including by raising awareness about it.

Steamboat Springs Troop receives National Leadership and Silver Awards

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Submitted by Cricket Hawkins

Steamboat Springs

Mountain Communities

Girls from Troop 54313 received National Leadership Awards and their Silver Award during the Service Unit’s annual World Thinking Day event on April 9. Samantha Kucera also received the Prudential Spirit of Community Award and a letter of congratulations signed by President Obama. Way to go, girls!

This story was submitted using the Share Your Stories form. You can share your Girl Scout moments too.

How will you CONNECT this World Thinking Day?

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From Girl Scouts of the USA:

One of our favorite days of the year, World Thinking Day, is coming up fast on February 22, and we’re soooo excited! Every year (since 1926!) we use this day to rally our global sisterhood and support girls as they travel internationally, connect with sister Girl Guides, and take action on global issues to make the world a better place like only Girl Scouts can.

This is a day to give thanks for the inspiring international friendships that we as Girl Scouts are a part of, and to celebrate the many ways these friendships enrich our lives, expand our worldviews, and drive us to create meaningful change for everyone.

This year, we encourage you to use this day (and every day!) to connect with your Girl Scout “forever friends” by donating to the Juliette Low World Friendship Fund, supporting girls as they build incredible global skills through eye-opening, awe-inspiring travel experiences.
But why stop there? There are tons of other fun and creative ways to connect this World Thinking Day, and to share friendship and adventure on a global scale with so many amazing girls and women!

For example, you can:
1. Make new friends! Hold a “bring a friend” event with the girls in your troop or group. You might plan a trip to a local park or museum and have each girl bring someone to join in on the fun. Make sure to think of some cool games everyone can play to get to know one another better!

2. Spread good vibes! Send positive messages to Girl Scouts and Girl Guides all over the world by posting to social media with the hashtag #WTD2016. Let them know how much they’re appreciated, and encourage all your followers to donate to the Juliette Low World Friendship Fund!

3. Honor through service! Get together with a group of family members or friends and plan a service project to honor all the amazing things Girl Scouts and Girl Guides do for their communities every day. Share a fun pic on Facebook and Instagram, along with a summary of what you did. Don’t forget the hashtag #WTD2016!

Have a cool idea for connecting this World Thinking Day? Share it with us on Facebook and Twitter today!

And if you’d like to earn your very own World Thinking Day Award, check out more awesome activities you can do.