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Tea to celebrate Girl Scouts' 100th

March 12th, 2012 3:54 am by From staff reports

Tea to celebrate Girl Scouts' 100th

Contributed photoGirl Scouts at Saturday's International Tea will showcase the customs, clothing and food of countries around the world.

The Holston River and Warriors Path Girl Scouts will celebrate Girl Scouts World Thinking Day and the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouting at the annual Girl Scout International Tea, set for 1 p.m., Saturday, at the Armed Forces Building in Mount Carmel.

Each year, girls in local troops choose a country to represent and display at the Tea. Country booths offer visitors a glimpse into these other cultures in the form of food, crafts, music and dress. Tasty treats at each booth are offered to the public by ticket exchange from 1 to 3 p.m. Tickets are available at the door for 10 cents each. A cake walk will provide entertainment and treats for children.

For participating Girl Scouts, the event begins with a flag ceremony and a parade of flags at 12:30 p.m. Among the countries to be represented this year are Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, China, Greece, Italy, Japan, Mexico, England, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, Russia, Brazil, Ireland and the United States. More than 20 troops will participate.

Each year in the early spring , World Thinking Day is celebrated , with Girl Scouts participating in activities and projects with global themes to honor their sister Girl Guides and Girl Scouts in other countries. World Thinking Day not only gives girls a chance to celebrate international friendships, but is also a reminder that Girl Scouts of the USA is part of a global community — one of nearly 150 countries with Girl Guides and Girl Scouts.

World Thinking Day is part of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts Global Action Theme (GAT) based on the United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which aim to improve the lives of the world’s poorest people.

The theme for World Thinking Day 2012 is girls worldwide say “We can save our planet.” This theme is based on United Nation’s Millennium Development Goal 7 focused on environmental s u s t a i n a b i l i t y.

The World Thinking Day award activities are designed to complement the Girl Scout leadership journeys and reinforce the Girl Scout Leadership Experience (PDF).

Girl Scouts of the USA is celebrating the centennial of Girl Scouting in America today. On this day in 1912, Juliette Gordon Low of Savannah, Ga., started an organization for girls to help them be strong and resourceful Leaders. Today Girl Scouting is the premier Leadership experience for girls and women in the United States.

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