Northern New Mexico Girl Scouts celebrated the annual World Thinking Day on February 24, 2018. A gathering of Troops 3564, 10684 and 111 from Taos, Troop 3222 from Angel Fire, and Troop 10578 from Pecos, all attended this annual Girl Scout event for the first time in many years at the St. James Episcopal Church.
World Thinking Day is an event that not only gives Girl Scouts the opportunity to meet and greet other troop members in their community, but it also expands their awareness of different cultures from around the world. Each troop chose a country that they would represent and learn about, and they provided a sample of food from that country to share with the others. As they visited each table, representing the countries of France, Germany, England, Korea, China, and Mexico they got a “visa stamp” in their souvenir booklet, and a taste of a food of that country.
The day began at 10 a.m. with Ambassador Girl Scouts Taylor and Madison Tomashot of Taos Troop 3564 each presented to the younger girls their community projects that resulted in them both earning the Gold Award: the highest award a Girl Scout can receive. Taylor teamed up with a Taos Boy Scout to build an outdoor shade structure at the Stray Hearts Animal Shelter, which will keep dogs out of the elements for years to come. Madison made a community campaign to prevent texting and driving, to heighten the awareness of all who are at risk. Both also help Habitat for Humanity and Women's Build. They have inspired many of the younger girls to take the necessary steps towards their future dreams of becoming Gold Award recipients. After the presentations, the girls perused like tourists, and exchanged SWAPs(trinkets or items that can be pinned on the sash or vest that the girls exchange when they meet someone from another troop).
When asked what she liked the best about World Thinking Day, Noelle of Troop 111 replied, “I like trying all the different foods from each country”. Brandy of Troop 10684 excitedly stated that she, “...liked the food from each country, and the SWAPs too.” Both of these Juniors represent the two Taos Girl Scout troops at that level.
Discover your inner G.I.R.L (go-getter, innovator, risk taker, leader) with Taos Troop 10684. Interested girls from Kindergarten through 7th grade can contact Troop Leader Elaine Taylor at 520-322-5419, or come to a troop meeting at Taos Valley Baptist Church, 320 Camino del Medio, Taos, NM, 87571 every other Tuesday.
Girl-focused, girl-led, girl-centric? Yep! We got that!