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