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 2017 theme is “Grow.”

This World Thinking Day, Girl Scouts and Girl Guides will explore, stretch, and take on new challenges—and celebrate what it means to be part of the global sisterhood that is Girl Scouts + Girl Guides.

Check out these World Thinking Day award activities: 

For Girl Scout Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors

Here are some activities you can engage in 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 as you like! 

#1

Show your shine! The World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) has World Centers in the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Mexico, India, and Africa. In 2016, the Sangam World Center in India held an event called Arts4Change, during which participants created a song called “When We Shine.” Team up with an adult and watch the video. Then, with your Girl Scout friends, make up your own dance or paint pictures inspired by the song. 
 

#2

There’s always room for new friends! Hold a “Bring a Friend” event with your troop or group. Plan an outing—like a trip to the park—and bring someone new to join in the fun. Help everyone get to know one another by teaching the new girls your favorite thing to do in Girl Scouting.
 

#3

Did you know Girl Scouts of all ages can create an official badge every single year? That’s right—you can earn a badge based on almost any subject, with the Make Your Own badge option. Is there something you’ve always wanted to try but never quite dared to? Make Your Own badge—it’s the perfect way to dip your toes in. Team up with a friend to make it even more fun! 
 

#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. Take a look at pictures of flags from some of these other countries and choose your favorite. Next, draw or paint a picture of a garden with flowers or fruits and vegetables in the colors of that flag. Want to take it a step further? Look for places where you might plant your garden! 
 

#5

It can be challenging to make decisions with a group, and sometimes it’s hard to speak up and make sure your voice is heard. Get together with your troop or group and try the following two activities together. Feeling shy? Challenge yourself to share your ideas anyway! And if you’re more outgoing, do your part to make sure everyone gets a turn to talk.
 

  • Ask an adult to help you find a large tarp, plastic tablecloth, or old bedsheet large enough for everyone in your group to stand on. Lay it on the floor or ground and have everyone climb on. Your challenge: flip the sheet or tarp over so that everyone stands on the other side. If anyone touches the floor or ground around the sheet or tarp, you must start again!

  • Have everyone in your troop or group stand in a line, one behind the other. Put your left arm between your legs, front to back. (If you’re not sure which way is left and which is right, ask an adult for help.) With your right hand, hold the hand in front of you. Then try to untangle the line! The chain is broken if you let go of the other girls’ hands or lift your feet off the ground. If either of those things happen, start again!
#6

Challenge yourself and grow by going on a Girl Scout Leadership Journey! With the girls in your troop or group, design and carry out a Take Action project that addresses something that’s important to you. 
 

Connect, grow, 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 to share with the group something about your experience—what was your favorite part? Would you do anything differently next time? 

    For Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors

    Here are some activities you can engage in 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 as you like! 

    #1

    Create an impromptu story with your Girl Scout friends! Sit in a circle with a pencil or pen and several slips of paper each, as well as something to put the slips of paper in, like a box or a hat. Now think about what a global sisterhood means to you and write down the first word that comes to mind. Jot down at least five words—one word per slip of paper. Along with your friends, fold the slips and mix them together in the box, and put the box in the middle of the circle. Next, work together to tell a story using all your words. So: the first girl pulls out a slip of paper and shares a sentence using the word she sees, then the next girl continues the story with her chosen word. Take turns until all the slips are gone. Don’t worry about sounding silly—that’s part of the challenge, and the fun!
     

    #2

    One of the fastest ways to grow and challenge yourself is through travel. Girl Scout Destinations are travel adventures designed specifically for Girl Scouts ages 11 and up. You can travel just a state or two away, or across the world. Wherever you decide to go, you’ll meet Girl Scouts from all over, returning home full of inspiring, life-changing experiences. See what trips are currently available, and plan the one that works best for you and your family. 
     

    #3

    The Peace Corps is a program that sends American volunteers to work in other countries, where they tackle a wide range of global issues. Invite a returned Peace Corps volunteer to speak to your troop or group about her experience in the country she served. She can speak about how life is different for girls your age in that country, and anything else of interest to you and your Girl Scout friends. If you aren’t able to find a returned Peace Corps volunteer in your community, talk to your troop leader about other similar organizations you might connect with.
     

    #4

    It’s show time! The World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) has World Centers in the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Mexico, India, and Africa. In 2016, the Sangam World Center in India held an event called Arts4Change, during which participants wrote, recorded, and produced a song called “When We Shine.” Create your own video for the song and show the world what Girl Scouting looks like where you live. Be as creative as you like—you might come up with your own choreography, film around your city or town, or share the Girl Scout activities that mean the most to you. Just make sure to get permission before you film!

     

    If your video is finished by March 22, 2017, you can enter it in the “When We Shine” video contest. You’ll be considered for awards including a scholarship to attend the upcoming Arts4Change events hosted by two World Centers—Kusafiri in Madagascar and Sangam in India—and every submitter will receive a free digital album.
     

    #5

    Pass around paper and pencils or pens for everyone in your Girl Scout troop or group. On one sheet of paper, everyone writes their favorite quality about themselves—maybe “great friend” or “cool under pressure.” On a second sheet, each girl writes something about herself she’d like to improve. (Make sure to note which quality is which.) Then, crumple the papers up and mix them together in the center of your circle. When everyone is finished writing, have a snowball fight with the balls of paper. After a minute or two, each girl grabs two balls of paper close to her, straightens them out, and reads them to the group. Take turns guessing which girl wrote which quality. Did anything surprise you? Work together to brainstorm three things that can be done to help each of you work toward personal growth in the next month. 
     

    #6

    Did you know Girl Scouts of all ages can create an official badge every single year? That’s right—you can earn a badge based on almost any subject, with the Make Your Own badge option. Is there something you’ve always wanted to try but never quite dared to? Make Your Own badge—it’s the perfect way to dip your toes in. 
     

    Connect, grow, 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 to share with the group something about your experience—what was your favorite part? Would you do anything differently next time? Share your stories and photos with Girl Scouts and Girl Guides worldwide by using #WTD2017 on social media.


       

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