KENNETT SQUARE— The International festivities of Girl Scout Thinking Day delighted a crowd of over 200 participants and volunteers from the Brandywine Valley Service Unit.

This event, in its 19th year, provided Girl Scouts a World Tour of 15 countries from six continents. Each troop chose a country to study then created exhibits, distributed food and drink and offered an activity to engage the girls. The Girl Scouts, ages 5-15, equipped with a passport, a traveling bag for their "souvenirs" and a questionnaire to complete, traveled to each country trying food such as Pelmeni from Russia . kugelis from Lithuania, scones from England and Pocky from Japan while absorbing all of the amazing information about each country.

The program commenced with Brownie Troop 4210 from Chadds Ford Elementary, representing England, sharing the many rules of English Royal etiquette, then Junior Troop 4241, also from Chadds Ford Elementary, performed a captivating skit about the animals, agriculture and culture of Madagascar and initial portion of the program concluded with an exquisite rendition of traditional Russian dance executed by beautifully attired Girl Scouts from Junior Troop 4780 from New Garden Elementary.

The 15 countries and one Refugee station offered a plethora of activities for the girls. In the Polish tent, the Girls learned "How the Girl Guides Won the War." Each girl had to decode a secret message and earn a key to join the Girl Guide Resistance, in Morocco they learned the skills necessary to make a tassel, in South Africa they got their hands in the dirt for "Dig4Gems" activity, in China they created beautiful lanterns, in Russia they made their own Faberge Eggs and in Madagascar they made Baobab trees.

At the Refugee station, the girl discussed and drew what they would pack in their suitcase if they had to leave suddenly due to war, famine or persecution. After they traveled the world, the girls than wrote thank you notes to military personnel overseas. These notes will be going with the Girl Scout cookies the Brandywine Valley Service Unit will sending to military personnel overseas. This event is a precursor to the many International trips the Girl Scouts go on when they reach High School This year Girl Scouts in our Service Unit are headed to Japan and Europe.

If interested in Girl Scouts contact Karen at kdagusto@aol.com or membership@gsep.org The Girl Scout program offers outdoor adventures including archery, camping, kayaking, hiking, rock climbing etc., the leadership opportunities are varied ,as well as, challenging and the STEAM programs are diverse and wide ranging.

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