Nearly 100 Girl Scouts came together Feb. 18 for a World Thinking Day celebration at the Lewes Public Library. Each year, Girl Scouts and Girl Guides from 146 countries observe World Thinking Day Feb. 22.
Girl Scouts are part of a special group of girls that stretches across the world. World Thinking Day is a way to celebrate with girls all over the world by doing activities with global themes to honor their sister Girl Scouts and Girl Guides in other countries. It is a special day in the Girl Scout year when girls remember they are part of a worldwide movement.
The World Thinking Day 2018 theme is impact. Making an impact means having a strong effect on someone or something. This World Thinking Day, Girl Scouts and Girl Guides thought about what it means to make an impact on the world and celebrate being part of a global sisterhood.
To prepare for the day, the 11 troops selected a country to research. The girls explored what they might like to share and helped create a table display. Troops also considered a woman from that country who has had an impact on the world, including how she changed the world and how she inspired them to make changes of their own.
The Girl Scouts of Service Unit 30 celebrated, learned about and participated in all of the amazing ways their global movement has impacted local communities. In addition to the display, troops made a short presentation to share their research findings. A couple of the crowd favorites were a song about head, shoulders, knees and toes sung in Japanese by members of Troop 172, and Troop 682’s skit including girls dressed up as different French women who have made an impact throughout history.
The Girl Scout Daisies, Brownies, Juniors and Cadettes visited each other’s table displays and had their passports stamped for each of the different countries. They also exchanged SWAPs (Special Whatchamacallits Affectionately Pinned Somewhere) or small tokens of friendship, along with a taste of a food or drink from that country.
Special thanks go out to four female members of the Cape Henlopen High JROTC Color Guard for helping with the opening ceremony. Troop 1150 conducted the Opening Flag Ceremony along with Esly Marin-Landa, Atonia Panchoo, Lillian Pusey, and Marelyn Rodriguez presenting the flags. The Girl Scouts of Service Unit 30 would also like to thank two foreign exchange students who shared their stories and information about their home countries: Qinglin Liu of China at Cape Henlopen High and Alina Bashkirova of Ukraine at Milford High.
Girl Scouts has programs across the Delmarva Peninsula in 14 counties in Delaware and the Eastern Shores of Maryland and Virginia, offering every girl a chance to practice a lifetime of leadership, adventure and success. To volunteer, reconnect, donate or join, go to www.gscb.org or call 800-341-4007.