Friday, February 15, 2019

World Thinking Day 2019

Celebrate our Centennial by traveling through time and taking part in World Thinking Day!

World Thinking Day dates back to 1926, when delegates from all over the world met at Camp Edith Macy in Briarcliff Manor, New York. At this meeting, it was decided that February 22 would be known as a special international day of friendship for Girl Guides and Girl Scouts from all walks of life. Every year since, World Thinking Day has called for Girl Scouts and Girl Guides to join together to take discuss issues that affect young women and take part in activities that promote changing the world for the better.

This year’s World Thinking Day theme is Leadership.

Are you looking for ways to celebrate World Thinking Day? Try one or some ways of these activities to join the celebration.

Discuss Leadership
Define the word “leader.” What does it mean to be a leader? What are some characteristics of a leader? What are some examples of leadership in a Girl Scout troop, school, or on a sports team. How does leadership apply to changing the world?

Earn the 2019 World Thinking Day Award by completing the World Thinking Day theme activities.

The World Trefoil Pin
The World Trefoil Pin is earned by girls once, and is moved from vest to vest (sash to sash), throughout their time in Girl Scouting. Looking to earn the World Trefoil Pin with your troop? View the ceremony and requirements.

Work on GSNC’s Juliette Low World Friendship Council Patch Program which is a "Countdown to Thinking Day."

Earn the 2019 Global Action Award
The Girl Scout Global Action award calls for girls to address the Global Goals by discovering, connecting, and taking action in their communities and the world. This year’s award focuses the goals of “Life on Land” and “No Poverty.”

Play games from around the world.

Pass the parcel, played in England  (hot potato in America)

Elephant, Ant, Man, played in Indonesia (rock paper scissors in America)

Rayuela, played in Columbia (hop scotch in America)

Queimada, played in Brazil (tag in America)

Friday, February 1, 2019

Is Your Troop Girl Scout Cookie Booth Sale Ready?

Girl Scout Cookie Booth Sales are now through March 31. Whether you are brand new to the Girl Scout Cookie program and booth sales, or a seasoned veteran, here are some important tips to be booth sale ready.
  • Smile, and be friendly and polite. Girls should greet potential customers in a welcoming way, and should pay attention to the booth sale, customers and surroundings. No yelling or loudly calling out to customers.
  • Girls should wear attire that shows they’re a Girl Scout. A Girl Scout Vest, Sash or Daisy Smock are all great options. Not only can they be worn over a jacket, they showcase all adventures your Girl Scout troop has gone on, and all that your troop has learned.  
  • Keep the table neat and clean, with signage and the cookie varieties on display. An organized cookie box display allows customers to see what is available. A good booth will also display signage that clearly identifies the booth as a Girl Scout Cookie Booth and include price, your troop number and cookie goals. No food or drink on the selling table. 
  • Have at least two, but no more than six girls present, and have there appropriate adult supervision. Remember to check Safety Activity Check points for the appropriate coverage amount. No Tag-Alongs at the table.
  • Make an Operation Cookie or troop Gift of Caring Jar to have on display for your  customers to see. 
  • Girl Scouts at a Cookie booth sale should know about the Girl Scout Cookie Program and Girl Scout Cookie variety, including information about Operation Cookie and your troop’s Gift of Caring donation programs. Girls should also be able to explain what their troop plans to do with their troop proceeds. 
  • Remember: Girls should always say “thank you” to potential customers.
Check out the Good Booth, Bad Booth flyer on GSNC’s OLC to see our guidelines.

Use the coloring sheet to teach your girls proper cookie etiquette!