Each year on February 22, Girl Scouts and Girl Guides (Girl Scout sisters from other countries) in locations worldwide celebrate World Thinking Day. Originated in 1926, it’s a day of international friendship and an opportunity to speak out on issues that affect young women and celebrate diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Today, 10 million girls from 150 countries across the world participate in activities that expand their knowledge and understanding of the world. The 2020 theme of “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion” prompts girls to take five steps to earn their World Thinking Day Award; explore the history and diversity of the Girl Scout movement, explore inclusion and equity, and prepare, plan and carry out a Take Action project. Girl Scouts are encouraged to think of a project that is sustainable – are there times when they see people excluded or treated unfairly? By celebrating and participating in World Thinking Day, Girl Scouts and Girl Guides are making the world a better place.
Last year, Troop 0093 participated in World Thinking Day with their service unit (their neighborhood of Girl Scout sisters). The Troop represented Greece and were tasked with educating their fellow Girl Scouts sisters about the country and culture. The girls dressed up as Gods and Goddesses for the event and acted out their characters with stories and myths about themselves. The troop provided Greek-inspired food and a craft that further inspired the Greek culture. Troop Leader Christina Smith-Ziegler said, “This was a lot of fun and they learned so much while putting it together. I’m super proud of them!”
To support Girl Scouts as they celebrate World Thinking Day this year and in future years, you can donate today.