2015 World Thinking Day Cadette 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.

Before getting started, please read our Statement of Trust (PDF).

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

  1. Create a Peace Pole! There are more than 200,000 Peace Poles around the world, which all stand to remind us to work together toward world peace. Each pole has the message "May peace prevail on Earth" written on the sides in many different languages. Find out what languages are spoken by members in your surrounding community and learn how to write the phrase in those languages. On the sides of a 4x4 post paint the phrase in these languages. Obtain permission from your school, park, or local community center to plant the pole and host a ceremony dedicating the site to peace in your community and in the world.
  2. Pick a product and learn about its life cycle of the product (ex: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=afuuT1MhfQ0). What are the impacts of buying your favorite product? Design a poster of the life cycle of a product and discuss how your actions can affect people globally. How can buying fair trade items help in achieving the MDG 8 goal to work together for global development?
  3. Scour a week's worth of newspapers and cut out articles describing countries working together to find solutions to global issues and which detail unresolved conflict. Are there more stories about conflict or about resolution? Discuss what countries do to help resolve conflict and how you might apply these tactics to the unresolved issues.
  4. Campaign for cooperation! Break up into two groups. Have one group represent developed countries and the second represent developing countries. Ask each group to do a bit of research on what they can offer to the other group. Create an imaginative campaign to present what you have to offer to the other group. You might create a song, drama, or formal presentation, and you should keep in mind that developed countries can offer security, financial aid, industry, technology, etc., while developing countries can offer agricultural products, labor, textile, animal products, etc. Discuss how both groups can benefit each other and the importance of cooperation. How do you think the relationship between developed and developing countries can improve?
  5. What does fair trade look like? Trace a map of the world on butcher paper and make a vibrant, tactile display that demonstrates the impact of fair trade around the world. Stick representations of fair trade ingredients on different locations on the map.
  6. Invite a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer to speak to your group about her/his Peace Corps experience in the country where she/he served. Specifically, ask the volunteer to speak about any conflicts, partnerships and how people are working towards peace in their community. Not familiar with the Peace Corps? Watch A Legacy of Service and review the Peace Corps Speakers Tip Sheet (PDF). If you can't find a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer in your community, contact a local university and invite an international student to speak.
  7. One of the most important skills a peacemaker has is the capacity to interact and engage with others. Try the Amaze Journey and consider how you can use what you learn to ease conflict in your community.