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The World Thinking Day award is an official award that may be worn on the front of the official Girl Scout uniform sash or vest.
The theme for World Thinking Day 2015 is girls worldwide say "we can create peace through partnerships." This theme is based on the United Nations' Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 8: to develop a global partnership for development. This goal is about all countries, rich and poor, working with one another to support the MDGs—and the MDGs are themselves a global partnership. In order for poorer countries to reach the other seven goals, more-prosperous countries must provide more effective aid, sustainable debt relief, and fair trade rules.
Before getting started, please read our Statement of Trust (PDF). You may want to explain to girls the difference between "developing" and "developed" countries and how this difference affects access to resources and technology, and interpersonal partnerships.
Each year on February 22, World Thinking Day, girls participate in activities and projects with global themes to honor their sister Girl Guides and Girl Scouts in other countries. World Thinking Day is part of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts Global Action Theme (GAT) based on the United Nations' Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which aim to improve the lives of the world's poorest people. The theme for World Thinking Day 2015, based on MDG 8, "to develop partnerships for development," is girls worldwide say "we can create peace through partnerships."
This goal is about all countries, rich and poor, working with one another to support the MDGs. In order for poorer countries to reach the other seven goals, more-prosperous countries must provide more effective aid, sustainable debt relief, and fair trade rules.
World Thinking Day not only gives girls a chance to celebrate international friendships, it is also a reminder that Girl Scouts of the USA is part of a global community—one of nearly 150 countries—with Girl Guides and Girl Scouts. This year, WAGGGS is not selecting "focus countries" for World Thinking Day—so we want every group to use this year's occasion to learn about the different WAGGGS regions.
In addition to the various World Thinking Day activities, you can also do something super fun that will rock social media!
All Girl Guides and Girl Scouts around the world will be challenged to find a creative way to share their #guidinglight. The light of a candle has been used for years by Girl Guides and Girl Scouts around the world to feel connected, and now it's your chance to connect, share, and shake the world and social media with your Girl Scout spirit!
All you have to do is think of a way to show the world your #guidinglight. You can simply light a candle, or you can get creative and use the sun, your laptop, a lantern, the torch on your phone, a spark from two pieces of flint, or even a campfire! You can also get your family and friends to participate!
Take a selfie, upload it with a message to share with this worldwide movement, and challenge someone else or a whole country to do the same!
Share your picture using the #guidinglight hashtag.
Tag: @girlscouts, @wagggs_world
The action can be simple or you can take it to a higher level and make it part of a big World Thinking Day celebration or fundraising activities for the Juliette Low Friendship Fund.
The social media push will start on February 21 with a video message from the WAGGGS World Board Chair Nicola Grinstead. The action will circle the globe, starting on the morning of February 22 in either Kiribati or New Zealand, and ending at midnight in Alaska or Hawaii, where we will close the #guidinglight challenge with a film featuring as much of the content you've created as possible. We can all watch and see the size, unity, and strength of our global movement and sisterhood. Tune in every hour on social media to see how widely the #guidinglight has spread throughout the world.
What form will your #guidinglight take? Start planning now!
To order the 2015 World Thinking Day award, visit the Girl Scout Shop.
Read about the history of World Thinking Day.Learn more about the Millennium Development Goals by participating in the Girls Scouts Global Action Award.