Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Local Girl Scouts Celebrate World Thinking Day

Iowa's Globe Gazette reports that Girl Scouts from across North Iowa will gather for World Thinking Day from on Sunday, February 20. More than 115 Girl Scouts from across North Iowa will attend. World Thinking Day gives girls a chance to celebrate friendships with those from around the world. In addition to the United States, countries represented include Japan, Yemen, Chile, Mexico, Congo, Brazil, Argentina, Greece, Cameroon, Italy, Egypt, Nepal and China.

Featured will be activities, games and projects with global teams. Countries are represented by different tables and offer food samples, displays about culture and activities indigenous to that country.
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The Cary Patch, IL, reports last Saturday, seventeen Girl Scout troops gathered to celebrate World Thinking Day at Holy Cross Lutheran Church. Different troops represented Japan, Mexico, Germany, France, Sweden, Peru, Puerto Rico, Italy, Switzerland, China, Brazil, Afghanistan, India, Haiti, Poland, and Nigeria with each country’s costumes, food, and customs.
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According to Kristen Alvarez, co-chair of the event, World Thinking Day is a Girl Scout event that encourages Girl Scouts to think about scouting in a global context as well as a local context. International festivals have long been a part of the Girl Scout tradition. While some troops have celebrated the day individually in the past, today’s event was the first time that Cary and Fox River Grove troops have had a collective celebration.
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The event began with an opening ceremony and parade, led by Troop 1347 representing Japan. A brief flag ceremony followed the parade. Each troop had made a table or booth representing their country. After the flag ceremony, the girls were encouraged to explore other booths to get their souvenir passports stamped and pick their favorites.
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What are your World Thinking Day plans this year?