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"World Thinking Day" with Portland Guadalajara Sister City Association


By Pascaline Umulisa

On March 21, 2015, Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington will celebrate World Thinking Day at the Portland Service Center, under the theme “Peace through Global Partnerships” to honor their sister Girl Guides and Girl Scouts in other countries.

Our celebration will help connect girls with this year’s theme by bringing a little bit of international perspective and awareness. Through fun activities, girls will learn about another culture with the Portland Guadalajara Sister City Association, a non-profit organization dedicated to creating and strengthening partnerships between the City of Portland, Oregon and the City of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. PGSCA focuses on raising funds and supporting educational opportunities for Hispanic youth in Oregon, as well as cultural exchanges, the arts, and more.

Girls will have the opportunity to prepare a special traditional Mexican recipe, make crafts, discover poetry and acting with “Teatro Milagro (Miracle Theater),” and play games led by high school age exchange students from five different countries on scholarship with AFS (American Field Service). After these activities, each girl will earn a World Thinking Day participation patch and will have the opportunity to win other small prizes.

Space is still available for this event! To register, call Alexa Gaynor at 503-977-6806. Cost is $7.25 per person.

World Thinking Day was first created in 1926 at the fourth Girl Guide/Girl Scout International Conference held at Girl Scouts of the USA's Camp Edith Macy (now called Edith Macy Conference Center), and is typically celebrated on February 22. This date was chosen because it was the mutual birthday of Lord Baden-Powell, founder of the Boy Scout movement, and his wife, Olave, who served as World Chief Guide.