Maricopa Girl Scouts tour the world


Maricopa Girls Scouts, kindergarten Daisies, Brownies and Juniors took a global journey at Santa Rosa Elementary School Saturday morning as part of World Thinking Day 2011.

Each year the girls participate in activities, games and projects with global themes to honor their sister scouts and Girl Scouts in other countries. This year’s event included learning opportunities about Thailand, Jamaica, Italy, Japan, Belgium, Ireland, England and the United States.

Each of the troops chose a country and created an informational display about the people, food, geography and products of that locale. The girls rotated through the displays by troops, sampling the foods of each country, playing a game and taking notes on what they learned. They each received a pin for their vest or sash relating to the country studied.

“The best part is learning interesting information about all the countries,” said scout Shannon Coutre.

Thinking Day began in 1926 as a way of creating a special day for Girl Scouts and Girl Guides from around the world to “think” about each other and appreciate their sister scouts. In 1999 the name was changed from Thinking Day to “World” Thinking Day. It is always celebrated in February.

The annual event serves as a reminder that Girl Scouts USA is part of a larger, global community of nearly 150 countries with Girl Guides and Girl Scouts.

Photos by Joyce Hollis