Girl Scouts celebrate international friendship through multicultural event

Pictured (Left to right) Maddie Bourse, Nicole McDonald and Quinn Huffaker from Cadette Troop 41865, dressed for Belize, shared their Mayan Temple made with Girl Scout Cookie boxes!
Girls from Cadette Troop 431 represented Greece and shared Tzatziki with 300 participants in this International Event.

Over 300 local girl scouts and their leaders crowded into the Cafeteria of Unionville High School to celebrate World Thinking Day. This Multicultural friendship event is in its 14th year for the Brandywine Valley Girl Scout Service Unit.This World Fair featured 20 Countries . The Girl Scouts in each troop studied the country for several months, created an exhibit about the country, chose a food to share from that country and made souvenirs or offered crafts from their chosen country. Each Girl Scout was provided a passport, a “traveling bag” for their souvenirs and a list of questions to answer about the countries whose food, culture and crafts they “visited.”

This year the girls were treated to a Turkish bazaar as well as Turkish Delights, a beautiful display of a Mayan Temple and a tropical smoothie from Belize, homemade scones from England, sticky rice from Thailand, Tzatziki and carrots from Greece, Irish potatoes from the “Emerald Island,” Marshmallow from Egypt and Croissants from France. Brazil’s display demonstrated the four layers of the Rainforest and

Iceland had an “exploding” volcano. India entertained the entire group with a well executed traditional folk dance and Japan sang “Make New Friends” in Japanese.

World Thinking Day is celebrated in different ways by Girl Scouts everywhere. This distinct program was brought to this local Service Unit through a Girl Scout Gold Award Service project in 2001 by Lesley Anne Bernasconi, a graduate of UHS(2001), The event is a way of reaffirming Girl Scouts’s commitment to International friendship and solidarity.

The Brandywine Valley Girl Scout Service Unit serves over 700 girls in the Unionville-Chadds Ford and Kennett Square School Districts. For more information about joining Girl Scouts contact gcurcio@gsep.org.

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