Scouts gain global perspective
This weekend Girl Scouts from all over Sonoma County and the nation celebrated World Thinking Day, an annual event that celebrates international friendships. The theme of this year’s event is “We can save our planet,” and the goal was to raise awareness of the environment and the impacts our lifestyles and choices have on it.
Nearly 270 Girl Scouts from 34 troops in Healdsburg, Windsor and Santa Rosa gathered at Sonoma Country Day School on Sunday to celebrate the day together.
Troops chose countries in advance, then spent time preparing information, food, crafts, costumes or performances unique to that place. Together they represented 26 nations ranging from Peru to Samoa to Norway.
During the three-hour event, scouts sang songs and traveled with “passports” to other nations.
Sherry Phillips leads Troop 10653, which represented Poland. Phillips is the mother of two girl scouts and served as the event’s registrar and main organizer.
“To prepare for World Thinking Day, my troop tried a Polish recipe. They looked at pictures, clothing and dolls, for example. Each girl then took a topic to research and bring back a bullet point of information for our next meeting. We compiled all of the girls’ information to create a tri-fold display,” said Phillips.
The day is meant to be fun, interactive and engaging, but there are some broader goals as well.
“This world is not as big as we think it is,” said Phillips. “It is interesting to learn about world cultures and it helps us to be sympathetic with others. By learning about each other we can better understand each other. Knowledge is power.”