By: Courtney Feuquay
Troops and Resources Program Manager
Be a sister to every Girl Scout. We recite this phrase every time we say the Girl Scout Law. But what does it mean? So often we think about our sister Girl Scouts being the ones we meet and interact with within our troop, school, community and Girl Scout council. But did you realize we have sister Girl Scouts and Girl Guides all over the world?
With more than 10 million global girl members of Girl Scouts and Girl Guides, you can imagine the amount of international friendship we share!
A Little History
In honor of all of the Girl Scouts and Girl Guides around the world, the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) annually declares February 22 as our World Thinking Day. This special day has been a tradition since 1926. It’s a day when Girl Scouts and Girl Guides from 146 countries take time out of their troop meetings and busy lives to think about their fellow Girl Scouts and Girl Guides from all over the world and celebrate international friendship!
Ideas to Celebrate World Thinking Day
- Earn the World Thinking Day award. This year the theme is GROW. What will you grow? How about growing the international friendship within your community. Girls are invited to plant a tree of friendship. More info can be found here.
- Attend a community sponsored World Thinking Day event near you.
- Invite girls from your troop to learn about a different culture then share what they have learned with their sister Girl Scouts in your troop.
- Try a new food from a different culture or have an international themed potluck within your troop. FUN FACT: The Badgerland staff always holds a potluck at the Girl Scout Service Centers to celebrate our sisterhood!
- Play a game from a different country. Great game ideas can be found here.
- Learn a new dance style or dance steps from a different culture.
- Invite someone from a different culture to speak to your troop about their culture.
- Read a book about your troop’s chosen culture.
- Check out Badgerland’s Pinterest page on other fun ideas to celebrate international friendship and World Thinking day!
Now go on and have THE best World Thinking Day ever. And tell us how you celebrated – let us know what your troop did to recognize this special day in Girl Scouting. Hint: we love photos!
By: Allison Martinson, Program Specialist – STEM
It’s a fact that girls love science, technology, engineering and math. Whether it’s the challenge of learning something new, the excitement of tinkering to see how something works, or the thrill of solving a unique problem, STEM programs succeed in teaching girls to be confident, courageous and innovative.
This year, Badgerland Girl Scouts have technology at their fingertips with our new checkout resource and patch program, Girl Scout Makers. Making is a new movement in technology, and it fits perfectly into the Girl Scout leadership experience. Makers use technology to make the world a better place – combining arts and crafts with the latest gadgets and gizmos to make changes, big and small, in their local and global communities.
How can girls use the Girl Scout Maker kits to make the world a better place? Ambassador Girl Scouts have the opportunity to code and test their own Android App using the MIT App Builder plus an Android tablet. Last year, Claire Evenson completed her Gold Award project by creating and coding an app to help her sister through a troubling illness. Just imagine what your girl could do.
Not ready to code an app? Try the Girl Scout Makers Brownie kit, featuring littleBits. littleBits are made to build amazing circuits. The handy Inventor Guide inside may inspire your Brownie Girl Scouts to create a circuit system that helps monitor water use or feeds the family pet when you’re on vacation!
Ready to try Girl Scout Makers? Reservations can be made at your local Badgerland Service Center. Troops can check out Maker kits for any level, not just their own. Each kit comes with a month-long reservation so you and your girls can immerse yourselves in the experience. You’ll have the opportunity to learn right alongside your Girl Scouts with our handy Adult Learning Guide. One you’re finished, return the kit and pick-up your patches so you can proudly proclaim – I’m a Girl Scout Maker!
Learn more about each kit
Download the Check Out Form
Giving back and doing good deeds is part of our DNA. The Girl Scout slogan says to “Do a good turn daily” so this October, we’re challenging Badgerland Girl Scouts to do a “good turn” every day of the month – that’s 31 days of good deeds to earn the 31 Random Acts of Kindness patch!
Why October and why 31?
Our amazing founder, Juliette Gordon Low’s birthday is October 31 and we want to honor her by banding together and contributing to the world around us. Imagine the impact Badgerland Girl Scouts will make when every Girl Scout does something nice for others. Thousands of people around Badgerland will have a reason to smile every day, all because of Girl Scouts. Wow!
Need some ideas on how your Girl Scouts can spread kindness in the community? Here are a few:
- Leave an anonymous note telling someone how special they are
- Open a door for the person behind you
- Take your neighbor’s dog for a walk
- Save your change then treat a loved one to an ice cream cone
- Call grandma and tell her your favorite memory of a time spent together
Big and small, the possibilities are endless. You can find more ideas at RandomActsOfKindness.org.
Keep track of your Random Acts of Kindness and order your patch with the 31 Random Acts of Kindness Order and Tracking form.
We can’t wait to see how awesome October is around Badgerland with thousands of Girl Scouts doing daily good turns. Share some of your random acts of kindness and we’ll share them with the world!