Thinking Day Troop Stories
Each year on February 22, World Thinking Day, girls participate in activities, games, and projects with global themes to honor their sister Girl Guides and Girl Scouts in other countries. World Thinking Day is part of the WAGGGS Global Action Theme (GAT) based on the United Nation's Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which aim to improve the lives of the world's poorest people. The theme for World Thinking Day 2012 is girls worldwide say "we can save our planet." This theme is based on United Nation's Millennium Development Goal 7 focused on environmental sustainability.
Check out some of our Thinking Day Troop Stories below:
Area Girl Scouts took a journey to the other side of the world in February--without ever having to leave Silver Spring. Their destination: the continent of Africa. The virtual trip was part of this year's Girl Scout "World Thinking Day." Nearly 400 Scouts, Troop Leaders and parents and took part in the afternoon event, held at The People's Community Baptist Church in Cloverly. Photographer: Donna Walker
Troop 1889 stayed busy during the month of March with Cookie Sales, Thinking Day and Fairy Camp at Camp Winona. Photographer Name: Stephanie Bibb
Herndon area Girl Scouts celebrated Thinking Day in style, as they sported fashion wear from around the world. For this multi-cultural event, girls of all ages selected for study a country that, like the United States, has active Girl Scouts or Girl Guides programs. Girls researched their selected country and prepared fun learning activities to share with sister Girl Scouts. These activities ranged from crafts, stories, and games to food and, yes, fashion activities!
Girls enjoyed a runway fashion show as they modeled traditional and modern clothing from their selected countries. There were saris, kimonos, and much more! The Thinking Day celebration proved to be a very successful, interactive way for girls to appreciate other cultures. Photography: Robert and Renee Maxwell
As part of their Thinking Day activities, girls from Troop 2568 in Herndon attended an interactive program provided by the Japan Information and Culture Center, the culture section of the Japan Embassy in Washington DC. Following a video and presentation, the girls were invited on stage to demonstrate Japanese dress styles, play a Japanese game, and sit down for a mock Japanese meal. Afterward, the girls sang a song in Japanese and presented Girl Scout cookies to the program coordinators. Photographer: Therese Howe
Brownie Troop 766 had a great evening learning about India. With each assignment the girls brought in, they all learned about history, a love story (Taj Mahal), geography, about Girl Guides in India, national bird and arts (lots of new dances learned) and many more facts about India. Scouts are looking forward on showing off their poster during a Service Unit World Thinking Day event (where troops proudly show off their WTD poster to other sister Scouts while getting their passport stamped). Photographer: Julie Mulkey
Troop 2325 learned more about the country of China on Thinking Day in 2010 with the help of a Junior and Senior Scout. Photographer: Barbara Leiber-Klotz
Troop 664 represented Japan at a World Thinking Day Event. Photographer: Janelle Hatton
Junior Troop 4160 featured the Bahamas as their country for Service Unit 10-10's Thinking Day. Their featured "treat" was Smoothies...which were a big hit! Photographer: Kathy Sears
Troop 2492 explored the culture of El Salvador on Thinking Day. Photographer: Elaine M.
Bears were dressed in native or Girl Guide costumes for SU 56-6 Thinking Day. Junior Troop 6395 brought these to INOVA Fair Oaks for the Pediatric and Geriatric wards. Photographer: Joanna Esty
Celebrating World Thinking Day, Cadette Troop 2515 looked at the Country of Guam for more cutural study. Photographer: Amanda C.
Troop 4542 Learning about the Republic of Latvia (a country in the Baltic region of Northern Europe) at a Thinking Day Celebration. Photographer: Unknown
Daisies and Brownies at a World Thinking Day Celebration Looking at a sombrero which typically refers to a type of hat originating in Mexico. Photographer: Unknown
Troop 1040 made Thinking Day preparations, representing the country of Fiji. Henna tattoos were applied for their Diwali Celebration. Photographer: Stephanie Zimmermann
Brownie/Junior Troop 1192 teaching other girl scouts about Scotland at their Thinking Day Celebration. Photographer: Peggy Brow
Dressed like gondoliers, Troop 1273 of Silver Spring, MD shared information about Italian culture at their Service Unit's Thinking Day Event. When Girl Scouts visited their table they were able to try biscotti, view a presentation of famous places in Italy, and tried their hand at tossing pizza dough. The girls even learned to sing "If you are happy and you know it" in Italian during the presentation part. Photographer: Jen Manguera
For Thinking Day, troop 2419 studied the Inti Raymi ("Festival of the Sun") which was a religious ceremony of the Inca Empire occuring each winter solstice in Cuzco, Peru. Photographer: Mary Oden
Troop 5625 helped with a food drive on Thinking Day. Photographer: Anna Hogenkamp
Troop 3690 at Thinking Day Celebration representing Singapore. Photographer: Anita McCaskey
Troop 40633 enjoyed a laugh at World Thinking Day as their troop leader Brian Kearney snaps a photo. Photographer: Unknown
Troop 433 stood in front of their Thinking Day presentation about Ireland. Photographer: Allison Beach
Junior Troop 4499 & Daisy Troop 198 attended a Thinking Day Event that focused on the Country of Brazil. Photographed by: Stacy Frere
Troop 4574 helped celebrate World Thinking Day by buying three Llamas to feed the hungry in Peru. Girls held a change drive and raised over $450.00 for 3 Llamas. Photographer: Maureen Sullivan
Troop 5958 celebrated Thinking Day by learning about France and making our own fashions!
Cadettes from troop 6188 share swaps with brownies new to scouts, during a Service Unit 34-4 Thinking Day Celebration. Photographer: Leah Royce
Girls from Troops 3010 and 360 shared a good time at a World Thinking Day celebration. Photographer: Stacey Johnson
In honor of Thinking Day, Service Unit 42-1 of Washington, DC invited more than 80 girls and 14 troops to take part in activities celebrating the cultures of Germany, Kuwait, South Africa, Peru, Haiti and the Philippines. The event included guest speakers, Mr. and Mrs. Larry Kugler, who collected books to send to the children of South Africa, Dr. Harris McQureerir, a member of the United States Peace Corps, and traditional African dancers who showed girls how to perform Gum Boot dancing. In addition, the girls raised more than $500 and canned foods in support of service projects. Photographer: Unknown
As part of a Thinking Day Celebration Girl Scouts from Oxon Hill, MD created handmade masks representing the year their were each born on the Chinese Lunar calendar. The masks showcased the years of the monkey, the hare, the snake and the tiger. Photographer: Unknown
As part of their Annual Thinking Day Celebration, Girl Scout troops in Service Unit 31-2 of Montgomery County, MD donated food to Olney Help, a community food bank. Hosted by Junior Troop 2121, over 180 local Girl Scouts enjoyed a candle ceremony that honored diversity, explored countries around the world, and took part in a friendship circle! Photographer: Unknown
Troop 40107 of Alleghany County, WV took part in the World Thinking Day celebration by having the family of one of their Filipina Girl Scouts present a traditional dance from the Philippines. Photographer: Unknown
Girl Scout Cadette Troop 3690 of Centerville, VA helped spread knowledge of Brazilian culture and customs at their service unit's Thinking Day event. Photographer: Unknown
Members of Troop 4959 enjoyed showing off their Thinking Day booth featuring Canada. Visitors could make a medal in honor of the Olympics or trace a maple leaf in red or white chocolate. Photographer: Malin Haugwitz
Troop 6563 of Washington, DC took part in a World Thinking Day program at St. Peter's Church. As part of their participation, the girls selected Ireland as their country to study and share information with other troops. With a focus on 2010 Thinking Day theme of poverty, participating Girl Scouts troops collected canned goods to give to pantries in Washington, DC. Photographer: Malin Haugwitz
Leaders integrated history, fun facts and Thinking Day stories into a Girl Scout celebration with Troop 5424. Photographer: Ashleigh Dorfman
Are you a Girl Scout in the Nation's Capital Area? Did you and/or your troop participate in an activity for Thinking Day? Let us Know! Tell us your story!
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