wtd_patch_2014World Thinking Day can be either the best event of the year, or it can be a complete stress on the leaders.  It all depends on how you approach it.  Many troops designate another parent to lead the WTD planning and preparation, which I think is great, but it is super important to remember that this should be a Girl Led, Girl Planned, and Girl Executed event.  So your booth might not look as polished and complete as YOU would like it to, but the girls need to take ownership.  You can always tell which booths were made by the parents and which ones were made by the girls.  It’s sort of like the whole 5th grade Science Project  when Sally shows up with her nuclear reactor experiment on the back of a flat bed truck.  Now who really did the work?

Here’s the info for World Thinking Day 2014:  http://www.girlscouts.org/who_we_are/global/world_thinking_day/

I am excited about this theme “education opens doors for all girls and boys”.  School is something that all our girls understand, but it’s a new concept for them to think that other kids might not have the same opportunities as they do.  There will be new resources up on the World Thinking Day website here soon. (only 2013 and older info right now):  http://www.worldthinkingday.org/en/activities10

I had the privilege of viewing a documentary this summer called Girl Rising (http://girlrising.com/) that addresses the power of education to change the world by following 9 girls in 9 different countries and telling their stories.  If you get the opportunity to see this, please do.  It is not appropriate viewing for younger girls, but age 13 and up would greatly benefit from seeing this.  This film ties in directly with our WTD theme for 2014.

I am hoping that my girls will select a country where girls do not have the same opportunities for education, so they can see how important it is for us to champion for the rights of girls everywhere.    Feel free to comment and share your ideas for WTD.  How do you choose your country, what activities do you do in your booth?  Does your Service Unit host a big event, or is this just a troop activity?

Whatever you do, remember Girl Led and let the girls take ownership for the success (or failure) of the project.  They will always learn more by planning a project with their own ideas.  A little guidance to help them think through each idea is always appropriate (so they don’t attempt to build a 10 foot Eiffel tower without thinking through how to transport and how to keep it safe from falling over), but let them dream big and I think you’ll be amazed at what fun ideas they come up with.