2015 World Thinking Day Brownie Activities

Note to Volunteers

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.

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Brownie Activities
To earn the award, girls learn more about this topic by completing one or more activity below.

  1. Part of working together to create peace is ensuring that everyone feels safe and comfortable in their surroundings. Make a list of things that you need to have a safe and happy troop/group or school environment (ex: quiet time, no "put-downs," time to play). How do you feel when you can't have the things you need? Share this list with your troop/group. Are they all the same? If not, work with the members of your group to create a list that everyone agrees with. Remember, you may have to compromise or negotiate to get there.
  2. Sangam is one of WAGGS World Centers, located in India. Sangam means "coming together." Sangam wants to connect with Girl Scout sisters around the world through the Friendship Bracelet Project. Learn about the different world centers and then create a bracelet with colors you feel represent issues important to girls everywhere (ex: blue to represent water conservation). Pass on your bracelet to a new friend and be sure to explain the meaning behind your color choices.
  3. Picture the peace. With your troop/group cut out puzzle pieces about 5 inches tall from construction paper. Take one puzzle piece and draw a picture of what you think working together looks like. Then put the pieces together by taping them to a wall. As you put up your puzzle piece, explain what you drew. Use the pictures and everyone's explanations to make a list of what your group needs to work together peacefully.
  4. Watch Tipping the Balance or read Zapizapu Crosses the Sea by Diane Abad Vergara and learn what fair trade is. Then go to your local grocery store and see if you can find three fair trade items sold there. Are there fair trade items you eat at your house?
  5. Play the "bunnies and hawks" game with your troop/group and learn about fair trade. Break up into two groups. One group will represent the richer countries (the hawks) and the other is going to represent the poorer countries (the bunnies). Give the bunnies their products and 6 beads. Give each of the hawks their products and 15 beads. Now it's time to trade! Remember bunnies need to hop and hawks fly! Each group will need to buy what they need from the other group, and each product is marked with the price. After 5–10 minutes come back together and talk through the following questions: Did you get everything you needed? Was trading hard or easy? What do you think would have made it easier for the bunnies? Explain the concept of debt relief and fair trade.
  6. Draw MDG 8 (recall: to develop a global partnership for development)! Draw a picture to show what you've learned about MDG 8. It could be about peace, partnerships, fair trade, or something else.
  7. Make a better world for girls by taking the World of Girls Girl Scout Leadership Journey. Take action on something that helps children in your school or community understand about fair trade or peace.