World Thinking Day teaches Girl Scouts about other countries

Deb Hurley Brobst
Posted 2/27/23

Girls Scouts from around the metro area were thinking about the world on Feb. 25.

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World Thinking Day teaches Girl Scouts about other countries


Girls Scouts from around the metro area were thinking about the world on Feb. 25.

From Daisies to Ambassadors, about 250 Scouts from 26 troops operated tables representing 30 countries at World Thinking Day. It’s an annual event to teach them about different countries’ cultures and Scouts in all parts of the world.

Each table in the gymnasium at Red Rocks Elementary School in Morrison had a poster with information about the country, with some girls dressed in costume, and they handed out food or other trinkets representing their countries.

Scouts moved from table to table to expand their worldly horizons, and each had a mock passport that was stamped at each table.

Troop leaders say that World Thinking Day gives the Scouts memories that will last a lifetime while teaching leadership and collaboration as the girls prepare for their presentations.

“It’s important for (Scouts) to learn about other countries,” said Jenny Kyle, a parent of a Red Rocks Elementary School student. “They get a better understanding of the many different people and cultures around the world.”

Lori Leugers, a leader for Troop 8090 at SkyView Academy in Highlands Ranch, agreed and added: “It taught them to research their country and to vote on the country they wanted to present. They learned team building when they practiced dances, and it brought them together when they planned and put together their display.”

Michelle Kustes, leader of Troop 1104 at Parmalee Elementary School in Indian Hills, said World Thinking Day was more important this year after its absence thanks to the pandemic.

Among the countries represented at World Thinking Day were:

Brazil: Juniors in Troop 1104 taught fellow Scouts about the Amazon rainforest and interesting animals. Scout Amelia Vega explained that she really likes Brazilian music.

Malta: The Scouts in Troop 68220 in Lakewood knew where the country was located, and they served a Maltese bean dip to other Scouts. Malta, they said, has the Malta Girl Guides, which is similar to Girl Scouts.

New Zealand: The Brownies in Troop 67377 from Red Rocks Elementary School in Morrison wore skirts and headbands, and talked about sheep, which are raised in the country. New Zealand was the first country to give women the right to vote.

Japan: Troop 65499 Juniors from Bear Creek Elementary School knew about Shiba Inu dog breed, Pokémon and more, and they sported beautiful fans.

Poland: Juniors in SkyView Academy’s Troop 8090 provided samples of sausages and cheese, plus kolaczkies, which they made from a recipe from a Scout’s grandmother. They explained that modern makeup, cotton swabs, walkie-talkies and more came from Poland.

France: Scouts in Troop 68094 at Stone Mountain Elementary School in Highlands Ranch learned French words and served croissants to fellow Scouts. At a prior meeting, they tried crepes.

“It’s important to learn about different cultures,” Brownie Fiona Whitney said while wearing her French beret.

Fellow Brownie Macy Mielke added: “And we’re having fun.”

World Thinking Day, Girl Scouts, Red Rocks Elementary, Parmalee Elementary


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