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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.

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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.

World Thinking Day 2020 Activities

Submitted by Debby Burnett

Mountain Communities

Cowdrey

Gracelyn read the World Thinking Day 2020 Activity Guide and came up with a plan to focus on diversity. She made a DEI (diversity, equity, inclusion) collage with pictures of diverse people, as well as the word “diversity” printed in various languages around the perimeter. She made a word web with her name in the middle, listing various characteristics and qualities that define her (for the “I Am” Circles game). Gracelyn and I (her fellow Girl Scout troop member due to the pandemic restrictions) made observations at our local (tiny) post office as it pertains to inclusion of those with disabilities in our community. She decided that there are several limiting factors that need to be addressed.

She and I went “shopping” in the Global Marketplace and learned a lot of hard lessons about how it might be to live with much less than we have right now, what is the most important (clean water, good food, education), and how to spend our money in the best way. This made us both very appreciative of the good fortune in our lives, even if we are struggling to live with the social distancing restrictions imposed by the pandemic.

Finally, Gracelyn focused on a group of people in our community whom she feels may not be treated with the respect that they deserve, our seniors. Gracelyn designed a Take Action project to focus on senior residents at Casey’s Pond in Steamboat Springs. She folded approximately 80 origami cranes and wrote the word “RESPECT” on their backs. Then, she made little pieces of paper with the word “RESPECT” written on it, with the words detailed out: Really Epic Senior People Existing Community Treasures. She was trying to send each resident at Casey’s Pond the message that they are truly community treasures and deserve our respect.

Gracelyn enjoyed this activity, improved her origami skills, and felt good about sending a positive message to the senior residents at Casey’s Pond.

Gracelyn is a member of Troop 50315 in Steamboat Springs. She is completing Girl Scout activities at home, with her mother as her main troop member at this time due to pandemic restrictions, but is eagerly looking forward to troop meetings in the 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.

Celebrate World Thinking Day March 7, 2020

Submitted by Melissa Marty

Metro Denver

Northglenn

Looking for a fun activity for your Girl Scout?

Join us for The Woods Service Unit World Thinking Day 2020 on Saturday, March 7  from 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Admission is $10 per tourist. https://my.cheddarup.com/c/the-woods-service-unit-646

Where: Al Lesser Building, Adams County Fairgrounds Brighton

Tourists will learn about other countries that participate in WAGGSS (World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts). Attendees might experience food, SWAPS, songs, art, etc. during a three -five minute presentation from each represented region.

This is not a drop off event, parents/leaders must stay onsite.

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Request a returned Peace Corps volunteer to speak with your troop

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

Celebrate World Thinking Day on March 7, 2020

Submitted by Melissa Marty

Metro Denver

Northglenn

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.)

Sign up to host a country here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080a4ca8ad2ea6f85-world

Please purchase your admission once you have selected your country or to be a tourist: https://my.cheddarup.com/c/the-woods-service-unit-646

Leaders can also purchase a WTD patch.

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Celebrate World Thinking Day with your Girl Scout sisters

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.

World Thinking Day in Steamboat #TimeToLead

Submitted by Nancy Mucklow

Mountain Communities

Steamboat Springs

World Thinking Day was a #TimeToLead in Steamboat Springs this year. More than 70 girls from 13 troops participated in a girl-led event after school on a Friday!

The event was planned by an eighth grade Juliette and led by the Cadette troops. The Time Machine theme was inspired by the WAGGGS World Thinking Day curriculum to earn the Thinking Day Badge for #WTD2019. Stations to explore the past, present, and future of Girl Scouts and WAGGGS carried out the theme of “110 Years of Adventure!”

A special visit by GSCO Board Chair Rae Ann Dougherty and Rich Dougherty were a highlight of the event, as each girl had the opportunity to earn the special patch Rae Ann shares on her visits around the state.

These go-getter Cadettes led stations that were based on adventures in the World Centers. One was “Spot the Leader,” practicing some silent skills of a leader. Another was creating skits using recycled objects. And, “Fact or Fiction” involved learning more about the history of Girl Scouts and Girl Guiding. Innovation included using our dollars to donate to the World Thinking Day fund by voting on our passions. Girls can make healthy choices for themselves and others, stay safe online, and raise their voices and be heard! Our risk-takers learned and shared a WTD dance using the song, “Broken and Beautiful,” from the new movie Ugly Dolls. The dance was choreographed by Taylor Graham, the event organizer.
Leadership and Time To Lead were the theme of the day as more than 14 Cadettes from five troops led stations showcasing different aspects of leadership skills. As well, origami swaps were created under the lead of Cadettes in Troop 52622 and members of our local SuperTroop stepped up to lead the flag ceremony and the closing friendship circle.

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