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2015 World Thinking Day

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). 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.

The five WAGGGS regions are: Africa, Arab Region, Asia/Pacific, Europe, and Western Hemisphere.

The World Thinking Day award activities are designed to complement the Girl Scout Leadership Journeys and reinforce the Girl Scout Leadership Experience (PDF).

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.