By Alexandra Rowe
On February 10th, at Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School, Girl Scout Troop 3107 got to explore the world in a unique way. They participated in the national event for Girl Scouts around the globe – World Thinking Day. World Thinking Day (WTD) is a day of friendship, advocacy, and fundraising for girls around the world. While Girl Scouts have been around for over 100 years, World Thinking Day began in 1926. It helps scouts think about bigger issues that affect girls around the world. This year, there was a double theme: “Together we can save children’s lives,” and “Every mother’s life and health is precious.”
Over the past few years, Troop 3107 participated in WTD with other Girl Scouts around the city, but this year because the troop has grown so large, they held their own at their school in Ormewood Park. Each patrol (different age groups within the troop, kindergarten through high school) spent many weeks getting ready for this fun and educational event. They created and designed exhibits with the goal of teaching other patrols about different countries around the world, including information, activities, food, and demonstrations of their assigned country’s culture.
The 6th Grade Cadettes’ country was Australia. They displayed a very well put together poster and made Australia’s national dessert, Pavlovas! Another patrol served delicious apple and pear juice to represent Sweden, while a third group gave out hot tea, exemplifying India. In addition, the folks at Camp Timber Ridge attended WTD and brought their friend and mascot Penelope the turtle, who led the events Parade of Flags.
While WTD is educational and fun, it also is for a cause. WTD has free admission, but all girls are asked to donate money for a “passport” to collect stamps from the booths of the countries that they visit. The money raised is put towards helping young women and men (in some countries, boys can be girl scouts!) with leadership opportunities and projects relating to the themes of WTD. If you are interested in helping Girl Scouts and Girl Guides all around the world to experience trips, attend educational opportunities, and get more support for their troops, go to http://www.worldthinkingday.org/en/home.
Troop 3107 cannot wait to go again next year, and the 6th grade Cadettes are especially excited as they will get to plan the troop WTD! Someday, the girls hope to be able to travel to the countries they have learned about.
Note: Alexandra is a 6th grade Cadette with Troop 3107