Thursday, January 9, 2014

World Thinking Day

Juliette Gordon Low said “Do not think only of the National standpoint, but hold to the International…the youth of the world should have standards and ideals in common.”

Every year on February 22, Girl Guides and Girl Scouts celebrate World Thinking Day. This day began in 1926 as a way for Girl Guides and Girl Scouts to think about and give thanks for each other. It gives girls the opportunity to celebrate friendships and serves as reminder that we are part of a larger community. It also reminds us that not everyone has the same rights and access to freedom, liberty and pursuits of happiness. As Girl Scouts, we all strive to be leaders of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place. World Thinking Day gives us the chance to come together globally.

On World Thinking Day, girls should reflect the Global Action Theme (GAT) which is based on the United Nation's Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and work towards improving the lives of people all over the world. The theme for the 2014 World Thinking Day is girls worldwide say "education opens doors for all girls and boys." The countries of focus selected by WAGGS are: Egypt (Arab Region), Benin (Africa), Bangladesh (Asia/Pacific), and Armenia (Europe), and St Vincent and Grenadines (Western Hemisphere).

How can you participate in World Thinking Day?
  • Troops and individual Girl Scouts can earn the World Thinking Day Patch while celebrating this day and reflecting on this year’s theme. Patches are level specific, check out the requirements for your level.
  • Girl Scouts can also complete the activities from the WAGGS World Thinking Day Activity Packet.
  • GSCSNJ offers troops to participate in Passport Around the World, a wonderful program celebrating countries from around the globe! 
  • Share your World Thinking Day with GSCSNJ! Post on our Facebook or Twitter!
Many Service Units host local World Thinking Day events, which offers Girl Scouts the opportunity to explore different countries and participate theme related activities. Check with your local Service Unit!

No matter how you participate in World Thinking Day, remember to take some time to think about and give thanks for your sister Girl Scouts everywhere!

Yours in Girl Scouting,
Morgan, GSLE Specialist

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