World Thinking Day 2016: Connect!

February 22 is World Thinking Day, a day to celebrate61014p the world-wide sisterhood of Girl Scouts and Girl Guides.  Girl Scouts of all ages and levels have the opportunity to earn a special World Thinking Day badge by participating in World Thinking Day activities on their own, or as a troop.

Each year, there is a different theme and this year’s theme is Connect.

Suggested activities related to this theme for Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors include:

  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)

Suggested activities for Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors, as well as more info about World Thinking Day in general, are on this site:

www.girlscouts.org/en/about-girl-scouts/global/world-thinking-day.html

Other World Thinking Day ideas including partnering with a Girl Scout or Girl Guide troop in another country to trade crafts, SWAPS, letters, or collaborate on an activity.

Let us know how your troop is celebrating World Thinking Day.  You can comment below or or post on our Facebook page at:  www.facebook.com/MedfordGirlScouts

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