On (or near) WTD, every Girl Scout should think about her sister Girl Guides and Girl Scouts around the world. Some troops use this as an opportunity to learn about the World Association pin and present it to any girls who do not have it. Some schools, service units, or councils have "world fairs" where different countries where in the World Association are represented. Some collect money for the Juliette Low World Friendship Fund on this day.
In Parsippany, some troops exchange postcards with other Girl Scouts and up to 4 different countries though World Thinking Day Postcard Exchange, and some participate in Badges for World Thinking Day program that Karen L. organizes. (Or you can do it on your own by joining Badges for Thinking Day With that, girls can earn and receive actual Girl Guide/Girl Scout awards from other countries.
For 2010-11, the country is Japan! Money was due to Karen no later then our 12/2/2010 meeting! Click here for details.)
Read everything or scroll down to particular information: WTD patches, 2011 WTD theme, GSUSA 2011 focus countries, past themes. or GSUSA past focus countries, Or, look at our Ceremonies page for some appropriate to World Thinking Day (perhaps a Trefoil ceremony).
in Parsippany. . .
Travel the world with each walk to your mailbox, attend or run a workshop, earn Girl Guide/Girl Scout award from other WAGGGS countries, set up or attend a school-wide World Thinking Day event. It all can happen in town! If you want other troops to research a country and bring a display, please get them dates for the event by November/December. What else do you need to do to organize? Sign up for the school gym, check that there are no duplicate countries, and file a "troop trip" for everyone. You may want to invite some troops from outside your school too, check the roster to find leaders' names and phone numbers. Each troop should take are of their own permission slips.
In 2007-2008, over 80 Parsippany GS earned Girl Guide awards from South Africa through "Badges for Thinking Day". It's Australia for WTD 2010, and was South Korea for 2008-2009. Karen's our Service Unit order coordinator, although you can do it on your own too. Orders are due in late September or early October which can be challenging but I know troops that would not miss it! (Thank you Karen!)
A number of troops have also been exchanging postcards with troops and Scouts around the USA and world for Thinking Day. mythinkingday.com has been helping to set up WTD postcard exchanges for over 10 years, and Parsippany Scouts have been participating for at least 2 of them. Both of these are set up by GS leaders elsewhere in the USA. They are volunteer-run, and not associated with any council or GSUSA.
- Upcoming World Thinking Day themes:
- In 2010, girls worldwide say "together we can end extreme poverty and hunger".
- In 2011, girls worldwide say "empowering girls will change our world" as WTD focuses on gender equality.
- In 2012, girls worldwide say "we can save the planet" as WTD focuses on the environment.
- The World Thinking Day theme for 2009 was girls worldwide say “stop the spread of AIDS, malaria and other diseases”, linked to WAGGGS Global Action Theme of girls worldwide say “together we can change our world.” The theme encouraged girls and young women to make a personal commitment to change the world around them & affirms WAGGGS’ commitment to the UN Millennium Development Goals.
- World Thinking Day (WTD) is first a special day when Girl Scouts and Girl Guides all around the world think of each other and give thanks and appreciation to their "sister" Girl Guides/Scouts. Especially for our youngest GS, it may be enough to celebrate international friendships, and remember that Girl Scouts of the USA is part of a global community — one of nearly 150 countries in WAGGGS with Girl Guides or Girl Scouts.
- Games/Activities: Most of these activities are suitable for ages five years and above. There are some which are more suited to Girl Guides/Scouts 10 years and above, although these activities may also be suitable for other age groups. Please use your discretion when choosing suitable activities for your group.
- Run-around alphabet game. Each player has a letter of the alphabet stuck on her back. When a word is called out, players must run to the other side of the room and line up to spell out the word. Each player that manages to make a word writes it down. At the end of the game, discuss the meanings of the words: SELF-ESTEEM, INFECTION, PROTECTION, VIRUS, DISEASE, EPIDEMIC, AIDS, etc. (To make all those words you would need 22 letters, one each of a, c, d, f, m, n, p, r, u, and v; 2 each of i, o, s, and t; and 4 e. For a smaller group you may want to give each girl 2 letters. With these letters you can also spell: infect, vital, doctor, nursed, scout, camp, daises, cent, damp, dress, undress, erases, fine, cord, dice, dime, coats, mist, mops, nice, pest, radios, seaside, seeds, stops, cotton, temp, tepees, time, tines, admits, aides, ripen, tramps, faints, copier, point, finite, moist, medic, pieced, imports, incites, sensor, trio, virtual, dourness, resounds, entropic, contrite, and many others! From DISEASE (alone) you can spell: daises, seaside, seeds, sides, said, as, is, ideas, dais, die, ease, sad, ad, see, asides,
- Unhealthy Handshake game. Give three players some small pieces of paper. This is the virus. Everyone must go around and shake each other’s hands. The players with the virus must secretly slip a piece of paper into the hand of every person they shake hands with. Each person who receives a piece of paper must pass it on. After several minutes, everyone who has touched a piece of paper must sit down. Discuss the ways that HIV can be passed from one person to another and how to prevent this. Make sure everyone knows that HIV cannot be passed by shaking hands!
- Give each team a word associated with malaria (CLEAN WATER, MOSQUITO BITES, INSECT REPELLENT, MOSQUITO NET, ANTI-MALARIA TABLETS). Each team must act out their words in silence. The rest of the group tries to guess what the words. Discuss how the words relate to malaria.
- Mosquito Tag. Give two players some red colored sticker spots. Give one player some green sticker spots. These players are the mosquitoes. The other players must run around trying not to get ‘stung’ by the mosquitoes. The mosquitoes try to stick the spots on the other players. After a few minutes, stop the game. Tell the players that all those with green spots have been stung by the mosquito infected with malaria. Discuss the different ways to prevent the spread of malaria.
- Swat the mozzie game. Each player should wear a paper hat with a picture of a mosquito on it. Each player is given a long sock or stocking with a sponge in the toe. The players must try to knock each other’s hats off using their sponge ‘bat’. The last player still wearing her hat wins the game!
- Coughs and Sneezes game. Give each participant a small handful of tiny bits of paper (confetti, hole-punch waste, etc.) which she must keep in her pocket. Stand about one meter apart. Tap two participants on their shoulders – these are the infected people. The infected people put some paper in their hands and blow them towards the other players, pretending to cough and sneeze at the same time. If the paper falls on another player, they must do the same. Continue for several minutes or until everyone is infected. Discuss how pneumonia and tuberculosis are caught and why some people are more susceptible than others.
- WAGGGS invites us to take an economic empowerment survey – with or without our girls and provides some activities to do first. What does money mean to them? What do they need for their future plans?
WAGGGS Money, Money, Money! resource page
Money, Money, Money! activities for girls... >http://www.worldthinkingday.org/en/grab/2869/1/Planactivities.pdf
and the survey form >http://www.worldthinkingday.org/en/grab/2870/1/Plansurvey.pdf
- Making passports for World Thinking Day? You may want to consider some of these sites: Passports for Thinking Day, WTD passports , ABCTeach.com's Country passports, or PrintMini.com's passports. (Although someone told me there were at least 17 sites that had something!
- GSUSA has more ideas at World Thinking Day Website. WAGGGS information on contagious diseases and activities linked to the theme.
- Badges for World Thinking Day: For 2009, it's South Korea! Each year troops/scouts have to commit & order in October, your girls can complete the South Korea Guides/Scouts requirements, and receive the physical awards. They are sharing selected badges for Daisies, Brownies, Juniors and Cadettes. Karen's coordinating the SU order for WTD 2009. (Thank you!)
- World Thinking Day Postcard Exchange: It's time to start creating the list for the 2009 Thinking Day Postcard Exchange! It's their 12th year. Last year they had 2961 US troops and 1057 International Units (from 49 countries) participating. The exchange will begin the first part of September. Postcards need to be mailed so they arrive no later than early February. To learn more about the program or to sign up, please visit www.mythinkingday.com. It has been up to 5 international exchanges and unlimited domestic ones.
If the site shows a blank page it is because the site is busy with so many trying to access it, so please keep trying.
After you submit the form, you will receive an invitation within a day or two asking you to join the Yahoo TD Postcard Exchange group http://groups.yahoo.com/group/TDPostcardExchange/. You must 'ACCEPT' the invitation. Also, to join you must have a Yahoo Account...its free!
Please encourage Girl Scout members to contribute to the Juliette Low World Friendship Fund (JLWFF). This year, a portion of the funds raised will go to Haiti disaster relief. Specific projects will be chosen by Haiti and WAGGGS.The purpose of the Fund—to extend Girl Scouting and Girl Guiding to girls around the world and to support international friendship through service, training events, and exchange visits—is more important than ever.
To honor Juliette’s love of travel and celebration of different cultures, Girl Scouts of the USA created the Juliette Low World Friendship Fund in 1927. Donations support the WAGGGS World Thinking Day Fund, which helps sustain efforts to encourage the development of Girl Guiding/Girl Scouting around the globe.
As of Feb. 5, 2010, the 2009 report is not done yet but you can check out the 2008 one to see how your council did supporting this fund... https://ocn.girlscouts.org/SupportingDocuments/2008_JLWFF_Report.pdf
Since Spring 2008, GSUSA collected votes to determine one country from each regions to focus on for the next World Thinking Day. Votes are usually sought from April to August.TD On WTD, we can celebrate international friendships, and remember that GSUSA is part of a global community—one of 144 countries in WAGGGS. Maybe this will become an annual tradition?.
A number of councils have patch program about other cultures, different heritages, Juliette Low and and Juliette Low World Friendship Fund that could be earned as part of a WTD program. Some councils have special patches for supporting the JLWFF, or use it as part of the "Strength in Sharing: Philanthrophy in Girl Scouting" program.
If you want to go deeper than sisterhood around the world & what other Girl Scouts & Gil Guides do in their countries, the theme for 2011 is Entitlement. The theme for WTD 2012 is ENvironment.
Especially for the youngest Girl Scouts, "think globally, act locally" is very appropriate. For the 2010 theme, some troops held food drives for local food pantries.There are ideas with detail on this year's "focus countries" in GSUSA's WTD 2010 guide.
In the past few years we've been able to vote over the summer to help select one for each of the WAGGGS regions. The 2011 countries should be listed in the fall.
Of course, you can learn about Girl Guides & Girl Scouts from any country. The whole list of WAGGGS countries in on WAGGGS/world. Neither Cuba nor (mainland) China are WAGGGS countries, but Taiwan and Hong Kong are.
The GSUSA focus countries for GSUSA's 2010 WTD package were: Germany, Kuwait, Peru, The Philippines, and South Africa. In 2009 they were: Costa Rica, Fiji, Ireland, Jordan, and Kenya.
Of course, you can learn about Girl Guides & Girl Scouts from any country. The whole list of WAGGGS countries in on WAGGGS/world.
If you want to go deeper than sisterhood around the world & what other Girl Scouts & Gil Guides do in their countries, the focus for 2010 was "together we can end extreme poverty and hunger". (("think globally, act locally" is ever appropriate, a food drive for Parsippany or Morris County is fine!))There are ideas with detail on this year's "focus countries" in GSUSA's WTD 2010 guide.
The focus for 2009 was be Disease Prevention. The WAGGGS & GSUSA theme for World Thinking Day 2009 will be (girls worldwide say) “we can stop the spread of AIDS, malaria and other diseases.”
WAGGGS has an AIDS Badge Curriculum, undertaken in partnership with ICASO and UNAIDS. You may want to create a "special topics" permission slip before you use this with your troop. Anyone with internet access can read the curriculum or the "Introduction for Leaders" in the WAGGGS AIDS Badge file.
Learn more from GSUSA's WTD page.If you are talking about malaria, HIV, AIDS or other infectious diseases, you may want to start collection information and speakers, or deciding how to use what you have with your age group. 'Just Say Yes to talking about and taking action on HIV and Aids' published 2 activity guides as part of the Girlguiding UK 'changing the world' campaign. Although the packs are aimed at UK Girl Guides the activities can be used around the world! Activities from either can be adapted to make them suitable for your troop or group. Not everyone is comfortable talking about HIV and AIDS, but you can always invite an external person to work with you or deliver some sessions. Older girls might want to take the lead to adapt and deliver some activities themselves.
For younger girls: WAGGGS/UNICEF pack for "Brownies"
For older girls: WAGGGS/UNICEF pack for Older Girls
World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) and GSUSA has chosen Water as the World Thinking Day (WTD) theme for 2008, focusing on the aspects of water and sanitation that affect the health of girls and women in all parts of the world. The WAGGGS theme has 3 subthemes: Provide access to clean water, Drink water for health, and Conserve water for the world.
In addition, this year, girls voted and selected these countries to represent the 5 regions of WAGGGS:
Australia to represent Asia/Pacific;
Brazil, the Western Hemisphere;
Egypt, Arab region;
Italy, Europe; and
Madagascar to represent Africa.
While your troop can certainly learn about any country, there may be more information on these this year. If you have no preference, these might be good countries to select.
Possible Water Resources:
The section on "Jordan: Water, Water Everywhere" starting on page 56 of the World Food Day 2006, a cartoon-style story book titled "The Right to Food: A Window on the World"
Project WET training - Project WET helps girls to become responsible water users.
Earth Matters patch - Earth Matters: A Challenge for Environmental Action is a Contemporary Issues book that pairs perfectly with Project WET. The mission of Project WET and Project WET's Environmental Education Framework go hand in hand with the purpose and environmental education objectives of Earth Matters. Girl Scouts of all age levels who complete one or more activities from each of the five chapters in the book can earn an Earth Matters patch.
Water Monitoring Day is held annually on September 18th, with activities often running until October 18th. GSUSA celebrated World Water Monitoring Day 2007 as part of the Linking Girls to the Land (LGTTL) program. See what some did. Many other organizations also celebrated Water Monitoring Day and may have resources that your troop can use.
The H2O Project works to build wells and provide safe drinking water.
Related patches, badges and awards:
For Brownie, Junior & Older Girls
- Water Drop Patch information and requirements. Updated to include such activities as building a rain garden and creating a YouTube outreach video. The manual is designed for adults to use with Girl Scout Brownies through Ambassadors (grades 2-12) and is divided into grade-level, age-appropriate activities aligned to the new Girl Scout Leadership Experience. It is nationally recognized as part of Girl Scouts of the USA’s Linking Girls to the Land (LGTTL) Program.
- Water Conservation Patch - As ever, confirm that out of council girls can earn this *before* starting.
- Get with the Land Patch
Junior Badges to consider: Eco Action, Earth Connection, Outdoor Creativity, Weather Watch, Your Outdoor Surroundings, and especially the Water Wonders badge (Badge book, p. 214 - 215).
Girl Scout Interest Project Awards to consider:
- perhaps: Shore to Sea, Outdoor Survival
- certainly: Eco-Action, Build A Better Future and Global Girls Interest IPs.
(NJ) Project WET training Schedule (includes Project WET training date in March in Morristown and a Healthy Water, Healthy People Workshop in Mountainside, NJ in November.)
Water Resources and Links
Girl Scout links
- Makin' Waves a STUDIO 2B Focus Book
- GSUSA World Thinking Day 2008 Activity guide
- at least pages 58 - 67 (Water, Water Everywhere: Jordon) of WAGGGS book "Right to Food: A Window on the World" and pages 30 - 33 for questions and water activities in the "Resource and Activity Guide"
- River of Words Poetry and Art Contest, theme: Watersheds, deadline February 15, 2008.
- Request a water and sanitation volunteer from the Peace Corps' Speakers Match
- Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) pages, including:
- Explore Water Science and find loads of information about wetlands, oceans and watersheds.
- Water Drop patch
- possible resource: http://www.filtersfast.com/child-drinking-water-safety.asp
- Surf your Watershed (EPA)
- The H2O Project works to build wells and provide safe drinking water.
- Water Education Foundation's Water Kids
- Water for People
- World Health Organization Water, Sanitation and Health
- World Water Day
- World Water Monitoring Day
- 2011: WAGGGS theme – We can save our planet(announced July 2008)
- 2010: WAGGGS theme – Together we can end extreme poverty and hunger (announced July 2008)
- Disease Prevention: 2009 WAGGGS theme – We can stop the spread of AIDS, malaria and other diseases (announced July 2008)
- 2008: Water, Think about water
- 2007: Discover your potential
- 2006: Adolescent Health Issues Worldwide ("Think about, talk about, and do something about Adolescent Health Issues in your community")
- 2005: Food
World Thinking Day