IMAGINE A DAY THAT… turns the Fresno Fairgrounds into a small world for the girls of the Central Valley! As the children enter the world – they donate an school item to emphasize the importance of education. At the entrance each child is issued a passport to “travel” the world. During the opening ceremony there is a Parade of Nations. Girls then travel to each country booth, where they learn a phrase from that language, participate in an activity and have their passport stamped before they travel to their next destination.
As they journey from place to place they enjoy entertainment on various stages:
• Global Beats – learning about culture through music and types of instruments. Music from local cultural groups and schools incorporated into the performances.
• Story Time – performances of stories from around the world acted out by Girl Scouts, school children, and community members.
• Art and Costumes – demonstrations of handicrafts and costumes from around the world.
• Act Globally – participants actively participate in helping international charitable projects. During their journey, travelers stop for refreshment from global food vendors and wander through the World Marketplace, an opportunity for sponsors of this event to share information with the travelers. Also Girl Scout Troops create their country booths, showcasing cultures from every continent around the world.
Things to do:
• Promote your Girl Scout Gold Award Project
• Carry a country flag in the opening ceremony
• Win prizes for Best Country in the World etc.
• Just join us and have fun!
Please Remember: Bring your canvas bags to event!!
Thank you to our 2014 Sponsors for making our Girl Scouting Around the World Possible!
Blackbeard’s Family Entertainment Center
History of World Thinking Day (now known as Girl Scouting Around the World) at Girl Scouts of Central California South
World Thinking Day is a celebration of our diversity. Through Girls Scouts of Central California South, Girl Scouts from the Central Valley research a day in the life of a child from countries around the world, create interactive exhibits that depict the child’s life, perform music, dance, and tell stories.
Each year on February 22, Girl Guides and Girl Scouts all over the world celebrate World Thinking Day. World Thinking Day was created in 1926 at the 4th Girl Guide/Girl Scout International Conference, hosted by Girl Scouts of the USA at Camp Edith Macy (now called Edith Macy Conference Centre). Conference attendees agreed there should be a special day when Girl Guides and Girl Scouts around the world think of each other and give thanks and appreciation for the international friendship they find in our Movement.
The delegates chose February 22 as World Thinking Day as it was the mutual birthday of Lord Baden-Powell, founder of the Boy Scout Movement, and his wife Olave, who served as World Chief Guide.
Since 2009, each World Thinking Day has been themed on the Millennium Development Goals. Focusing on the Millennium Development Goals raises awareness of the theme and encourages girls, young women and members of all ages to make a personal commitment to change the world around them. Each World Thinking Day theme lasts all year and Girl Guides and Girl Scouts can earn a World Thinking Day badge at any time during the year by completing educational activities on the respective theme. The theme for World Thinking Day 2014 is: Girls worldwide say “education opens doors for all girls and boys.”
1st Annual World Thinking Day, March 1, 2008: Fresno Convention Center. Theme: Helping girls make the right choice in life. Rotary International teamed up with the Girl Scouts to make 1,000 WAPIs (Water Pasteurization Indicators). Collected 3,000lbs of food for Fresno Community Food Bank.
2nd Annual World Thinking Day, February 28, 2009: Fresno Convention Center. Theme: We can stop the spread of AIDS, malaria, and other diseases. A penny drive benefiting Malaria no More helped provide vulnerable children in Africa with mosquito nets. Collected 3,500lbs of food for Fresno Community Food Bank.
3rd Annual World Thinking, Day February 27, 2010: Fresno Convention Center. Theme: Girls worldwide say, ‘Together we can end extreme poverty and hunger’ – raised awareness with Heifer International about poverty and how we can improve the lives of families and children here at home and around the world. Collected 4,375lbs of food for Fresno Community Food Bank.
4th Annual World Thinking, Day February 26, 2011: Fresno Fairgrounds. Theme: Girls worldwide say… ‘Empowering girls will change our world.’ Partnered with CARE International to invest in girls and women to benefit whole communities around the world. Collected 6 super-large boxes of toiletries for Angels of Grace foster care agency.
5th Annual World Thinking Day, February 25, 2012: Fresno Fairgrounds. Theme: Girls worldwide say… ‘We can save our planet’ – inspiring girls to improve the environment through the Girl Scouts Forever Green Take Action Project. Girls made WAPI’s (Water Pasteurization Indicators) for families in developing countries without safe water. A penny drive was held to support global families who do not have access to clean water and electricity. Toiletry donations to support local families at Angels of Grace Foster Care Agency. (2 truck loads).
6th Annual World Thinking Day, February 23, 2013: Fresno Fairgrounds. Theme: Girls worldwide say ‘Together we can save children’s lives’ – raised awareness about Women and children’s heath. Toiletry and infant donations were collected to support local families at Angels of Grace Foster Care Agency.
7th Annual World Thinking Day, February 22, 2014: Fresno Fairgrounds. Theme: Girls worldwide say “education opens doors for all girls and boys.” School supplies were collected and donated to the Marjaree Mason Center.