World Thinking Day ▪ Peacebuilding

Look out world, Badgerland Girl Scouts are coming!

We will be celebrating World Thinking Day at Badgerland on February 20 with the Dare2Dash Global Edition activity for grades K-12. We will race around the globe and explore life in other countries. During the trek, girls will discover the art of negotiation, debate and compromise while learning about different ways to make lasting peace in their communities and beyond. The world awaits! Dare2Dash attendees will earn their 2021 World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) World Thinking Day patch!

Stand strong, stand up, and stand together for peacebuilding! Peacebuilding is at the heart of Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting and is the theme for the upcoming 2021 World Thinking Day. It’s as important and relevant today as it has been for the last 100 years.

World Thinking Day is on February 22, 2021, it’s a day of international friendship celebrated across 150 countries by Girl Scouts and Girl Guides. Ten million Girl Guides and Girl Scouts observe this special day and speak out on issues we care most about.

We want you to be part of this!

  • Celebrate World Thinking Day and be one in ten million!
  • Be inspired by the history and impact of the global movement!
  • Connect with the worldwide sisterhood of Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting!
  • Take action and speak out on issues you care most about!

Take a minute to think about something in your community that you love and want to protect. Whether it’s your local library, the park down the street, or the litter on the bike path, these are examples of a cause or issue that you care about.

Now, think about how you feel about that cause. What is good about it? Is there a way it could be even better? Is there something not so good about it that you’d like to change? Your answers to those questions are called your opinions or beliefs. People like you who take the time to think about how to make their communities the best they can be, and then share those ideas with others, are known as advocates. As an advocate, you’re helping improve our world!

Here’s how you can take a stand:

Make a statement! Pick an issue you care about and make a poster to let other people know how you feel.

Get noticed! Share your poster/message with others or give a presentation in class. Try to get people thinking and talking.

Use your words! Write a letter to your local newspaper about your issue and how it makes you feel and what you think should happen. Get help from an older sibling or parent.

World Thinking Day Activities

Dare2Dash Global Edition (Badgerland led activity)
February 20, 2021 at 12:00pm. Grades K-12

Look out world, the Girl Scouts are coming! Race around the globe as you explore life in other countries. During your trek, discover the art of negotiation, debate and compromise while learning about different ways to make lasting peace in your community and beyond. Create a cultural memory, surprise your taste buds and dance the day away all while connecting with people who are different than you. The world awaits! Attendees will earn their 2021 World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) World Thinking Day patch.

2021 World Thinking Day Activities & Resources:

Activity Guide for Girl Scout Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors (PDF)
Activity Guide for Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors (PDF)

Let’s Grow on World Thinking Day

Girls participating in World Thinking Day.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!