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World Thinking Day 2014


One of the annual events our troop participates in is World Thinking Day. At World Thinking Day, girls participate in activities and projects with global themes to honor their sister Girl Guides and Girl Scouts in other countries. World Thinking Day is part of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts 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 2014 is girls worldwide say “education opens doors for all girls and boys.”

The event we participate in is usually just for our Service Unit, but this year the event was opened to the whole council. There were 15 countries represented. As our troop is so big, we usually make a display for each level, so this year we had 3 countries represented.

It takes several meetings, and homework, to get these projects prepped for the day of.




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The event starts with a flag presentation. Each troop sends two representatives with the flag from their country. They parade the flags into the room, stopping at a microphone, to say HELLO in the language of their country.


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In our troop, we try to learn as much as we can about our countries but we always touch on geography, education, culture and Girl Scouting/Guiding. We also hand out a sampling of a traditional food.

Our Daisy level, with the assistance of their Junior Buddies, presented HOLLAND (The Kingdom of the Netherlands to be “official”) – Home of the Anne Frank Museum and birthplace of Vincent van Gogh and X-Men actress Famke Janssen. We handed out a Honeywaffle, a wafflelike wafer cookie sandwich filled with caramel.

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Our Brownie level presented GERMANY – birthplace of Ludwig van Beethoven. We served spaetzel, which is a buttery noodle like dumpling.




Our Junior level presented POLAND – birthplace of Maria Sktodowska-Curie (Marie Curie), first female to win a Nobel Prize (for her research on radiation and X-rays) and home of the world’s first State Ministry of Education. Here we served Chrusti, a deep-fried knot shaped cookie, covered in powdered sugar.




The other countries represented were:

FRANCE – where the best thing we learned was it is where the Mona Lisa is, the Eiffel Tower and they handed out super yummy cream puffs!

EGYPT – We learned it is in Northern Africa and a daily meal (even for the Pharoahs) is pita bread and hummus, which we got to taste!

CHINA – Had a really cool homemade dragon with teeth made out of candy corns! This Daisy troop even presented the Dragon Dance for everyone at lunchtime. We each got a piece of Chinese candy when touring this station.

ITALY – Did you know they used to eat honey on their noodles before using tomato sauce?!?!

ICELAND – a HUGE percentage of Icelanders believe in fairies. They gave us a yummy chocolate mousse tart with jelly on the inside.


INDIA – The Taj Mahal is also a tomb for an Emperor’s wife, it is made of white marble on the outside but is dark red and black on the inside. Females in India wear a “dot” on their forehead to indicate they are married. Here we got to taste a pudding with yellow raisins.

SPAIN – Their diet is full of sea food because they are near the ocean. They also like their chocolate cake with cinnamon ice cream….so, guess what they served us here 🙂 CAKE!!!


RUSSIA – Had a real set of matroshka dolls (stacking dolls) and they had made their own.

NETHERLANDS – In the Netherlands Daisies are called Rainbows and Brownies are called Dolphins. They served us a yummy cookie.

GREECE – The alphabet has 24 letters. Their homes are built box shaped with a dome in the middle. Here we got to taste a piece of Baklava.

NORWAY – believes in trolls. We got to taste sweet crackers.

MADAGASCAR – They have a god for almost everything. Here we got to taste lychee, which is a really sweet sticky fruit.

When touring each country, the girls are given SWAPS (Special-Whatchamacallit-Adoringly-Pinned-Somewhere). Our SWAPS were:

Miniature clogs, direct from Amsterdam thanks to a business trip recently taken by a set of troop grandparents! THANK YOU very much, Yaya and TracyPah. 🙂

Bavarian Pretzels

Wycinanki (vee-chee-nan-kee), translates to “cut paper” and is a type of Polish folk art

This always turns out to be an educational event that the girls really love. It is organized by a super leader, Rachael T., who does an AMAZING job!

Our troop would like to call out a special THANK YOU to troop family The Lateks, who are immigrants from Poland. Without their assistance, our presentation of Poland would not have turned out so wonderfully.

AND….eventhough their daughter was embarrassed to wear this traditional dress, we thought she looked GORGEOUS!

Thinking Day 2013

Thinking Day is an annual event held by our Service Unit. Each participating troop picks a country and spends time creating a display about it, including facts about their Girl Scouts/Guides, samples of food and fun SWAPS (Special Whatchamacallit Adoringly Pinned Somewhere). Our troop is a multi-level and is HUGE, 40 girls, so this year we decided it was easier for each level to do their own display. We kept all 3 displays in the same region of the earth, so they kind of tied together. Daisies did a fantastic display for MEXICO, Brownies did EL SALVADOR and Juniors rounded it out with a very full display of GUATEMALA.

SWAPS – Mexico was a maraca made from a wooden bead and golf tee. El Salvador was a friendship knot tied with ribbon in the colors of the country’s flag, Guatemala was a tamale.

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* A couple of girls started the year with our troop were adopted from Guatemala so we are VERY thankful they were still willing to share all of their memorabilia for our display.