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PHOTOS: South Orange-Maplewood Girls Scouts Celebrate World Thinking Day

With Nancy Adams of the Maplewood Township Committee. Photo by Joy Yagid

February 22 is known as World Thinking Day for Girl Scouts and Girl Guides worldwide.

From the GSUSA website, “Every year since, World Thinking Day has called for Girl Scouts and Girl Guides to join together and take part in activities that promote changing the world for the better. This year’s World Thinking Day theme is Leadership [in which Girl Scouts] explore many different ways girls can be leaders and create the change they want to see in the world—and celebrate being part of the global sisterhood that is Girl Scouts and Girl Guides!”

Here in Maplewood and South Orange, it was celebrated by troops 20260, 20254, 20393, 20386, 22856, 20236 at Clinton elementary school. The evening’s events started in the Clinton auditorium with about 50 girl scouts who joined with their parents and troop leaders to listen to Maplewood Township Committeewoman Nancy Adams speak on leadership on the local level.

Adams spoke about her responsibilities as a committeewoman and then opened the floor for questions from the girls. When asked by a scout what they, as kids, can do, Adams replied, “If you see a problem, get some friends together, and figure out how to solve it.”

After the questions, everyone moved into the gym for an international potluck dinner. The girls, their parents and leaders prepared dishes from Cuba, Mexico, France, Italy, Peru, Haiti, Sweden, Greece, Columbia, Guatemala, Poland and Korea.

The final part of the evening was to earn the World Thinking Badge. The girls needed to complete three steps: First, they needed to either create a poster on a woman leader they admired or come dressed as their hero and be able to discuss the important parts of their hero’s life. In addition, they were required to  make origami doves with wishes of peace written on the wings. Finally they learned about scouting in other countries. The evening ended with everyone joining in a friendship circle.

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