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February 15, 2013

Girl Scouts event planned

NORMAN — An estimated 400 local Girl Scouts and family members will celebrate World Thinking Day on Saturday with displays representing 29 countries. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to noon at McFarlin Memorial United Methodist Church, 419 S. University Blvd.

“World Thinking Day is a time when we think about our sister Girl Scouts and Girl Guides around the world and learn about each other’s countries and cultures,” said Brenda Wheelock, leader of Troop 241, which is co-organizing the event. “Each troop learns about and prepares a display about an assigned country. It’s a wonderful opportunity to gain appreciation for cultural differences while recognizing the common experiences — like Girl Scouting — that children share all around the world.”

Each participating Girl Scout will receive a passport to have stamped as she travels around to visit other “countries,” Wheelock said. Many of the troops will have international food samples to share.

The official World Thinking Day is celebrated on Feb. 22, marking the joint birthdays of Lord and Lady Baden-Powell, who founded the Girl Guiding movement.

During Saturday’s event, troops will have an opportunity to contribute to the Juliette Low World Friendship Fund, which extends Girl Scouting and Girl Guiding to new members in many parts of the world, particularly Third World countries. The fund, which is named for the founder of Girl Scouts U.S.A., promotes international friendship through services projects, training events, and exchange visits.

For more information on Thinking Day, call Wheelock at 620-1305. For information on Girl Scouts-Western Oklahoma, visit www.gswestok.org.

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