World Thinking Day is February 22

World Thinking Day

As a Girl Scout, you are part of a special network of girls that stretches across the world.

On February 22 of each year, Girl Scouts and Girl Guides from 146 countries celebrate World Thinking Day (WTD)—that’s one BIG celebration!

World Thinking Day is not only a great opportunity to rally the global sisterhood around a particular theme—it’s also a chance to support girls as they travel internationally, connect with sister Girl Guides, and take action globally. Be a part of this incredible occasion: Donate now!

The World Thinking Day 2016 theme is “Connect.”

This World Thinking Day, Girl Scouts and Girl Guides will explore and celebrate the connections that make life happier. The different kinds of connections you’ll be celebrating are: 


Connect with me: If we don’t take the time to connect with ourselves and understand what we need to be happy and confident, we won’t be able to make the difference we want to make in other people’s lives.
 

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 Connect with friends: Connection is friendship and friendship is happiness. So what makes a good friend? Connect with someone you care about, make a new friend, and explore the relationships that matter to you.
 


Connect with the world: Look wider and see how you can make a difference in the places you care about. Get to know your community or a place in nature, then look wider still and connect with the amazing world of Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting.
 


 Connect, share, and celebrate! Share your WTD 2016 adventure and connect with Girl Guides and Girl Scouts around the world.

 

 

Check out these World Thinking Day Award Activities: 

For Girl Scout Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors

Here are some activities that you can do to earn your World Thinking Day award. You only need to do one activity to earn the award, but don’t let that stop you—you can do as many of them as you like!

#1

Keep a “happiness diary” for a week. Before you go to bed each night, write down three things that made you happy during your day—or draw pictures of them! At the end of the week, look back at what you’ve written. What kinds of things did you write down? Did any of them surprise you? Did it make you feel happier to think about the good things at the end of each day? (Connect with me)
 

#2

Draw a picture of a place that feels safe and calm to you. It might be a real place, like a room in your home, or it could be a place from your imagination. Include lots of details that you can see, and imagine the ones you can’t—like how the place smells or what kinds of things you might hear. The next time you feel nervous or upset, think of your safe place and imagine being there. Does it help you feel calmer? (Connect with me)
 

#3

There’s always room for new friends! Hold a “Bring a Friend” event with the girls in your troop or group. Plan an outing—like a trip to the park—and have each girl bring someone new to join in the fun. What kinds of games could you play to help everyone get to know each other? (Connect with friends)
 

#4

Girl Scouts of the USA is part of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS for short), which includes 10 million girls in 146 countries. Celebrate World Thinking Day by learning about another country that is home to Girl Guides. Then, with your troop or group, celebrate its culture. You might dress up in costumes, sing songs, or make traditional foods from the country. (Connect with friends)
 

#5

Buddy up and take a walk around your community. (Your community might be your neighborhood, your school, or your town.) What are your favorite parts of your community? How could it be improved? Write down your thoughts and ideas—or draw a map that shows them. Girl Scout Juniors: You can learn more about community mapping in the Agent of Change Leadership Journey. (Connect with the world)
 

#6

Make the world a better place by taking a Girl Scout Leadership Journey. With the girls in your troop or group, put together a Take Action project that helps a place in your community. (Connect with the world)
 

Connect, share, and celebrate!

    Once you’ve finished your World Thinking Day activity, celebrate with your Girl Scout friends. You might have a party or make a special meal together. Take a moment for each girl to share something about her experience with the group. What was her favorite part? Would she do anything differently next time?

    For Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors

    Here are some activities that you can do to earn your World Thinking Day award. You only need to do one activity to earn the award, but don’t let that stop you—you can do as many of them as you like!

    #1

    Keep a “happiness journal” for a month. Before you go to bed each night, write down five things you were grateful for that day—even small things like a delicious breakfast or a nice text from a friend. At the end of the month, look back at what you’ve written. Did any of them surprise you? Did it make you feel happier to think about good things at the end of each day? If you want to take a deeper dive, you might try reading The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. (Connect with me)
     

    #2

    Everyone feels stressed sometimes. Have you ever noticed that when you’re feeling stressed, your body tenses up, too? That’s because the mind and body are closely connected. When you learn how to focus on releasing tension in your body, your emotions will often follow its lead. Try these two activities to see how you might release tension during times of stress—then put them into practice when you want to feel calm. (Connect with me)
     

    •  Go to a quiet place and try tensing and relaxing different parts of your body. You might start by making a tight fist and holding it for 30 seconds, then letting go. Then try it with your legs and shoulders.

    • Practice relaxation breathing. Find a quiet, comfortable place to sit, close your eyes, and focus on your breathing. Focus on taking slow, deliberate breaths in through your nose and out through your mouth. Try to keep it going for three minutes—it might feel longer than you expect! If you find yourself getting distracted, try counting to three with each breath in and out. 
    #3

    There’s always room for new friends! Hold a “Bring a Friend” event with the girls in your troop or group. Plan an outing—like a hike or a beach day—and have each girl bring someone new to join in the fun. What are some icebreakers you could do to help everyone get to know each other? (Connect with friends)
     

    #4

    More than 4 billion people don’t use the Internet; 90 percent of those people live in the developing world. With your friends, go “off the grid” for 24 hours. Try going one full day without the Internet, cell phones, tablets, TV, and any other electronics that you can think of. Then get together and talk about your experience. Was it harder or easier than you expected? Do you see any benefits to having less “plugged in” time? What kinds of challenges would you face if you didn’t have phone or Internet access? (Connect with friends)

    #5

    The Peace Corps is a program that sends American volunteers to work in other countries. The organization tackles many global issues. Visit www.peacecorps.gov/wws/classroom to invite a returned Peace Corps volunteer to speak to your troop or group about her experience in the country where she served. How is life different for girls your age in that country? If you aren’t able to find a returned Peace Corps volunteer in your community, talk to your troop leader about other organizations you might connect with. (Connect with the world)
     

    #6

    Make the world a better place by taking a Girl Scout Leadership Journey. With the girls in your troop or group, put together a Take Action project that helps a place in your community. (Connect with the world)
     

    Connect, share, and celebrate!

      Once you’ve finished your World Thinking Day activity, celebrate with your Girl Scout friends. You might have a party or make a special meal together. Take a moment for each girl to share something about her experience with the group. What was her favorite part? Would she do anything differently next time? Share your stories and photos with Girl Scouts and Girl Guides all over the world by using #WorldThinkingDay on social media. 


       

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