Tuesday, February 19, 2013

World Thinking Day activities

Each year on February 22, World Thinking Day, Girl Scouts 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.

You can find information on activities pertaining to this year's theme, girls' worldwide say, "together we can save children's lives," on girlscouts.org or try one of these general World Thinking Day activities with your Girl Scout or troop:

1. Say It in Another Language
Hold a competition, asking girls to write the phrase “World Thinking Day” in as many languages as they can. The person with the most correct translations wins a prize.

2. Watch it Grow
Have girls ask their local parks, schools, houses of worship or community centers for space to plant flowers and plants that remind them of their sisters in Girl Scouting. Flowers like forget-me-nots or plants that grow in another country make good choices. Make sure they’ll grow in yours, too!

Girls can also post wooden signs in a garden with the names of WAGGGS member organizations, or display a map reminding them of their connection to the Girl Guides and Girl Scouts in all 144 countries around the globe!

3. Host a Girl Scout Worldfest
It’s become a tradition for many troops and councils to hold festivals or fairs on World Thinking Day, highlighting one or more countries where Girl Scouting also exists. Typically, girls demonstrate crafts or prepare foods of many countries. These events often involve the whole family.

4. Contribute to the Juliette Low World Friendship Fund
World Thinking Day is a time when Girl Scouts and leaders can show their generosity by giving to the Juliette Low World Friendship Fund.

Donations to the JLWFF support Girl Scouting/Girl Guiding around the world by funding: worldwide travel opportunities to Girl Guide/Girl Scout events; activities and maintenance of the Four World Centers; aid to other member countries; and GSUSA’s donation to the World Thinking Day Fund.

Send donations for the Juliette Low World Friendship Fund to:

Girl Scouts of the USA
Juliette Low World Friendship Fund
P.O. Box 19611A
Newark, NJ 07195-0611

Please make checks payable to Girl Scouts of the USA. Note on each check that the contribution is for the Juliette Low World Friendship Fund, or JLWFF.

As always, be sure to share your World Thinking Day activity photos with us! Post them on Facebook, share them with us on Twitter or email them to communications@sjgs.org.