Celebrating Diversity

By Lisa Kaminski; Manager, Community Development

altered puzzleGirl Scout Thinking Day occurs annually on February 22nd. On this 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 Nations’ Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which aim to improve the lives of the world’s poorest people. The theme for World Thinking Day 2015, based on MDG 8, “to develop partnerships for development,” is girls worldwide say “we can create peace through partnerships.”

World Thinking Day not only gives girls a chance to celebrate international friendships, it is also a reminder that Girl Scouts of the USA is part of a global community—one of nearly 150 countries—with Girl Guides and Girl Scouts. This year, WAGGGS is not selecting “focus countries” for World Thinking Day—so we want every group to use this year’s occasion to learn about the different WAGGGS regions. The regions are Africa, Arab region, Asia/Pacific, Europe, and Western Hemisphere.

The GSUSA website, http://www.girlscouts.org has activities listed for each Girl Scout grade levels, to help troop leaders plan on how to work with their girls in learning and participating in Thinking Day. The activities compliment many of the Girl Scout journey activities as well.

Looking for an activity that helps teach about celebrating diversity, working in partnerships, and sister Girl Scouts, but not so much on a global level? Try making an altered puzzle with the girls in your troop. Find an inexpensive puzzle and give each girl a piece of it. Girls should take it home and decorate it however they choose – adding designs, colors, paper, stickers, etc. Have a discussion with the girls when putting the puzzle back togetehr about how each individual piece is beautiful on it’s own but together they make a masterpiece!

How is your troop planning on celebrating World Thinking Day?

 

 

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