Harrington Park Girl Scouts celebrate and learn about World Thinking Day and Forever Green

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On Wed March 14th Harrington Park Girl Scouts celebrated the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouting in the USA with a birthday dinner and award celebration at the Colonial Inn in Norwood. 130 Girl Scouts and adults (leaders & mothers) were in attendance. After the pledge of allegiance, everyone recited the Girl Scout Promise and Law:

Promise:
On my honor, I will try:
To serve God* and my country,
To help people at all times,
And to live by the Girl Scout Law.

Law:
I will do my best to be

honest and fair,
friendly and helpful,
considerate and caring,
courageous and strong, and
responsible for what I say and do,
and to
respect myself and others,
respect authority,
use resources wisely,
make the world a better place, and
be a sister to every Girl Scout.

During the program I spoke about how the 60 girls in attendance are part of a global sisterhood and how their actions and the actions of their 10 million sister Girl Guides and Girl Scouts in 145 countries around the world…to use resources wisely and make the world a better place…can really make a difference.

There are 120 current Girl Scouts in Harrington Park, 32,000 Girl Scouts in our northern NJ Council (GSNNJ) and 3.2 million Girl Scouts in the USA.

Each year on 22 February, Girl Guides and Girl Scouts all over the world celebrate World Thinking Day. This special day was first created in 1926 for Girl Scouts and Girl Guides all around the world think of each other and give thanks and appreciation to their “sister” Girl Guides and Girl Scouts. The World Association of Girl Guide and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS chooses a theme for Thinking Day and each World Thinking Day theme lasts all year. Since 2009, each World Thinking Day has been themed on the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. http://www.un.org/millenniumgoals/index.shtml

The theme for World Thinking Day 2012 is girls worldwide say “we can save our planet.” http://www.worldthinkingday.org/en/home

Excerpted from the WTD website:

The poorest people in the world are the ones who will most feel the effects of environmental degradation and climate change. Ensuring environmental sustainability is a critical foundation for ending this poverty. Girls and young women of all ages around the world are also differently and disproportionately affected by the consequences of environmental degradation and climate change.

The aim of the 2012 Theme-“we can save our planet”- is to raise awareness of the environment and the impacts our lifestyles and choices have on it, so together we can, as one Movement, speak out and take action to save our planet.

The WAGGGS WTD 2012 Badge has a green tree growing into a larger tree, helped by the Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting Trefoil… which shows how the activities of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts around the world can help save our planet.

The GSUSA World Thinking Day 2012 Patch has a leaf touching water…

http://www.girlscouts.org/who_we_are/global/world_thinking_day/

I ended my speech talking about the Girl Scouts Forever Green. This  100th Anniversary Take Action Project of GSUSA (see the 3/12/12 posting), is a global effort to improve the environment and protect natural resources. “Honor our Founder, Honor Earth, Honor our Powerful Sisterhood and Be Part of Something Bigger than Yourself”.

I encouraged the adults to look at the website

http://www.girlscouts.org/gsforevergreen/ , go online to take the pledge, and to consider doing one or more of the three take action projects- Rain Garden, Earth Hour and Reduce Waste- as a family or as a troop.

Think globally, act locally.

Mary Ann Schran, Leader Troop 702 and former HP SUM

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