MORRISTOWN, NJ – Girl Scouts spanning the globe celebrate World Thinking Day on February 22nd every year since 1926. The World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, of which Girl Scouts USA is a member, is comprised of over 10 million members in 146 countries. This year, the Morristown Girl Scouts held an event on Sunday, February 26, 2017, attended by over 100 girls from 15 troops to celebrate this international day of friendship. That Sunday afternoon, at the Sussex Avenue School gymnasium, Girl Scouts donned passports around their necks and traveled to 13 different countries.
Each troop hosted a country and provided information, an activity, and/or food from their chosen country. The girls enjoyed tasty cuisines from many nations, including Belgian waffles, French macarons, Irish soda bread, Mexican tamales, Nigerian meat pies, and Philippine polvoron as well as crafts from Canada, Greece, Italy, Jamaica, Poland and Portugal. A big hit was India’s art of henna tattoos! At every station, each girl learned a little more about the countries of their sister Girl Scouts.
Frelinghuysen Middle School sixth graders Lauren Watson, Angelissa Gutierrez, Micaela Cassidy, and Caroline Sensenig Represented France. Representing Jamaica from Unity Charter School was fifth and sixth graders Lily Cicero, Elise Montes, Madasyn Dowman, Elizabeth Van Sciver, Amira Steele, Laura Endres, Kayla Abboud, and Aaliyah Steele. Representing Nigeria from Frelinghuysen Middle School were eighth graders Charlotte DeLeon, Emma Rosenkilde, Elizabeth O’Brien, Madison Silver and Madeline Beavis.
To enhance their international experience, the girls watched “Living on One Dollar”, a documentary about 4 friends who lived on a dollar a day in rural Guatemala. This was followed by a discussion led by Cadette Troop 4923, the organizers of the event.
While it would take a lot more time to actually travel to these countries, the Morristown Girls Scouts spent a few hours on a beautiful afternoon sharing a little piece of the parts of the world they hope to visit someday.