This time of year, Girl Scouts are most often recognized for selling cookies, but recently, local scouts took time out from cookie sales to celebrate World Thinking Day on February 22, a day to honor other members of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts. This year, Service Unit 25 held an event to highlight the countries of Egypt, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Armenia, Mexico and Namibia. Several troops within the service unit volunteered to present a country by providing information about their country, arts and crafts project or a game related to their country and food commonly eaten in their country.
Girl Scouts then moved from station to station to learn about these countries and have fun while doing it. In Egypt, for example, the girls learned about both ancient and modern-day Egypt, made sand paper art, played a mummy wrap game and tried delicious Basboosa, a traditional semolina dessert. While visiting St. Vincent and the Grenadines, they played a tennis racket balance game and learned about Morse code. Armenia gave them an opportunity to belly dance, use castanets and try some delicious sugar cookies. Beaded necklaces and paper flowers commemorated Mexico, while in Namibia, the girls tried traditional beans, made decorative plates with African animals and learned about the vastness of Africa and Namibia.
This year’s Thinking Day theme was “Education opens doors for all girls and boys.” Together, we learned that girls can do a world of good, big or small when participating in the Girl Scout Program.
As a leading advocate for and expert on girls, Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay builds girls of courage, confidence and character by providing personal leadership development and programs that teach skills for the real world. The Council serves approximately 12,000 girls in grades K-12 across the Delmarva Peninsula. Approximately 5,000 adult volunteers support the Council in various mentoring and leadership positions. To learn more about Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay, visit www.GSCB.org or call 800-341-4007 or 800-374-9811.