More than 200 El Dorado Hills Girl Scouts ages 5 to 16 years old met at Lake Forest Elementary’s multipurpose gym Saturday afternoon to celebrate the organization’s annual World Thinking Day.
According to the Girl Scouts, each year on or around Feb. 22, the official World Thinking Day, “Girls honor their sister Girl Guides and Girl Scouts by taking time to give thanks for their international friendships and remember that Girl Scouts of the USA is part of a global community—one of nearly 150 countries that are members of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts.”
Angela Nicholson has run the event for the past 10 years. “The official World Thinking Day is right at peak cookie season, so we celebrate it as close to the birthday of Girl Scouts, March 12, as we can,” she said.
Hosted by Senior Girl Scout Troop 1789, 26 troops had seven minutes to immerse visitors in their country. From Australia to Madagascar to Greece, Girl Scouts tried the food, learned some of the history and completed a craft or activity specific to each country. In Hong Kong the girls painted Chinese characters. In India they learned a dance.
Families were asked to bring canned food, toys and clothing benefitting the Food Bank of El Dorado County and the Sacramento Children’s Receiving Home.
The Scouts also left with a lot of goodies. Nugget donated bottle water, Togs for Dogs (and Cats too) donated a pet party to every troop and Round Table donated a pizza party in the “Best of the Best” category.
Why does the event grow larger each year? “World Thinking Day is a time to reflect and learn about Girl Scouts and Girl Guides all over the world, with our common goal in mind of building courage, confidence, and character to make the world a better place,” said Nicholson.