I've gotten to take my oldest daughter to her Girl Scout troop's Thinking Day celebration the last 3 years. Until this year (even though I attended the whole event the past 3 years) I really didn't know the history behind it. I knew that each troop selected a country or two to represent. They would create a poster board to tell facts about the country they were representing as well as display books, toys, or any other items that were representative of that country. Oh yeah, and they had food items you could sample for $0.25...of course my favorite part.
I decided to do a story this year because my daughter's group did Haiti. It's not one of the normal countries that get selected like Australia or Ireland, etc. It also happens to be a country I've visited 4 times. I had my Haiti baseball cap in my car so I wore that in support of her group's booth.
My assumption about thinking day was it was something the Girl Scouts did to promote global awareness. Sort of a 'Big Blue Marble' moment. My daughter didn't know (remember) the particulars so she basically just agreed with my assessment when I asked. That's where trying to use my camera to tell stories helps me learn things.
I did a bit of research prior to doing this little write up and found that I was right in part. Thinking day had a much longer history than I imagined though. The day actually had it's origin in 1926. The 4th world delegation of Girls Scouts decided that Feb. 22nd would become an annual 'Thanksgiving Day' for girl scouts to show their appreciation for the global girl scout movement.
Thinking Day was an educational way to spend a couple hours with my daughter on a Sunday afternoon.