Friday, April 10, 2015

World Thinking Day 2015

Our Service Unit hosted events for troops to attend until last year. We (Service Team) found that because of the time of year, it was hard for troops to commit, hard for volunteers to find time, and hard for the weather to cooperate. Gotta love Missouri February weather. So, we have started to provide resources to our troops instead to support their troop activities. 

World Thinking Day is now an earned badge. It has been for a few years, so that is not new news. 

This is probably one of the easiest badges to earn as Cadettes, too. You only have to do one thing. Sweet, right? We typically pair this with Global Action and something else. 

For World Thinking Day this year, my awesome co-leader put a spin on the peace pole idea. Our lovely young ladies have a problem talking over one another and not allowing one another to finish their thought... great for brainstorming sessions to build ideas, but someone always ends up feeling slighted. So, I used a 2 foot PVS pipe that was left over from a cookie display build and came up with a plan for a troop Peace Pole/Talking Stick. 

Each girl was given a slip of paper that would fit around the pole. She was instructed to decorate it however she wanted, as long as it represented something about her. After they completed those, we used clear packaging tape and taped them on the pole. At the ends we use good ol' duct tape to make sure no one ever got cut or scraped with the edges. 

Not only did we have a discussion about respecting one another and taking turns speaking, the girls decided that was one tradition and value they want to pass on to our Daisy troop. So, I feel this is a win-win. 

You don't have to do this in February, if that doesn't work for your schedule. Girl Scouts has requirements for each age level on their site. Check it out and see if this is something you want to do, if you haven't already. 

Pssst... This is my #100th post, btw. WOO HOO!!

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