WAXHAW – Girl Scouts in Union County got a chance to travel the world Feb. 17 and learn about the food, history and culture of different countries along the way.
The event, held at New Town Elementary School, was in celebration of World Thinking Day, which has been an annual Girl Scout tradition since 1926. This year’s theme was “impact,” or in other words, what it means to make an impact on the world.
“We want to open the girls up to new cultures have them thinking about the world,” Kim Wargacki, service unit manager for Girl Scouts Hornets Nest Council, said. “We hope they learn awareness of different cultures. The message really is diversity.”
Approximately 100 Girl Scouts from Union County participated in World Thinking Day and each troop was responsible for creating a booth with information about their assigned country. Twelve countries were represented, including France, Mexico, Fiji, Philippines, Puerto Rico and Canada. Troops also brought food donations for Union Community Shelter.
Sloan Searight, 7, Sreeya Sibaram, 9, Chloe Moyano, 8, and Amelia Brockmann, 9, learned a lot while creating their booth about France. They learned that unlike Americans, people in France use the term football, instead of soccer. They also learned France is known for fashion and art, like The Mona Lisa, and the most popular foods are cheese, baguettes and croissants.
Brockmann said she enjoyed visiting the other countries at World Thinking Day, especially Mexico and Fiji, and was surprised by how unique they all were.
“I thought a lot of countries had a lot in common, but they’re actually really different,” she said.
Andie Crisol, 8, Morgan Luminoso, 8, and Caroline Eels-Miller, 9, had no idea the Philippines consists of more than 7,000 islands, or that the most popular crops are corn and rice. The country is full of interesting facts, but the cutest tidbit is that it’s home to the Tarsier, one of the smallest monkeys in the world.
“It’s so small but has huge eyes,” Eels-Miller said, pointing to a picture of the petite primate.
The girls said World Thinking Day showed them how every country adds something different to the world, whether that’s food, sports, fashion, traditions, animals or religion.
“It’s important because it would be really boring if everyone was the same,” Crisol said. “When people are different, everyone can learn from one another and you can learn something new.”
Girls experience international Girl Scout celebration
CHARLOTTE – Girl Scouts, Hornets’ Nest Council will host World Thinking Day events for girls from incoming kindergarten through fifth grade.
This event is for families who would like to learn more about Girl Scouts, find troop opportunities or consider starting new troops.
Festivities take place at the following locations:
• Feb. 22: Marvin Elementary cafeteria, 6 to 7:30 p.m.
• Feb. 26: Waxhaw Elementary cafeteria, 6 to 7:30 p.m.
• March 1: Wesley Chapel Elementary gym, 6:30 to 8 p.m.
• March 8: Sandy Ridge Elementary cafeteria, 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Families receive passports to “travel” to four countries and create items that represent those nations.
World Thinking Day is a day of learning about different cultures and celebrating a global sisterhood.
RSVP by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 704-731-6500.
For information about upcoming recruitment events, contact Kim Van Sickler, a recruiter for Union County Girl Scouts Hornets Nest Council, at kvansickler@hn girlscouts.org.