Local Girl Scout troops celebrate World Thinking Day

Area troops in the Girl Scouts of the U.S. of America of New Mexico Trails gathered Saturday at the Memorial Building to celebrate World Thinking Day, a day to explore different countries around the world, according to organizers.

World Thinking Day is Friday.

Each troop picked a country to represent through food, clothing, pictures, facts and diagrams, and countries as varied as Madagascar and England were presented by the scouts.

Jillian Holbert: Portales News-Tribune

Girl Scouts of the U.S. of America of New Mexico Trails celebrate World Thinking Day, a day to explore different cultures and countries from around the world. Troops each picked a country to represent through pictures, clothing, diagrams, and facts.

"It gives the girls an opportunity to look at Girl Scouts globally, not just in their local little troop," said Terra Wong-Williams, the Series Outreach Manager for the Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails.

At the England presentation, there was a miniature model of the Tower Bridge over the River Thames, a painted drawbridge to the Buckingham Palace, to go with rice pudding, tea cakes, and cheddar cheese.

For their SWAPS (Special Whatchamacallits Affectionately Pinned Somewhere), the troop used the Crown jewels.

"These are the Crown jewels of England," explained Zayla O'Brien, a Cadette from the England exhibit, "and they're basically scepters, orbs, or jewels that are passed down from one generation to the next."

Cadettes are seventh- and eighth-graders.

Brownies (second and third-graders) Alexandria Guiffre and Jovanna Whorton spoke on behalf of Madagascar and offered brownies, rice, beef stew and salati (fruit salad) to fellow scouts while wearing lambas, the traditional Madagascan dress. As each girl entered a new "country," they got their passports stamped and continued their travels through the rest of the countries.

Ultimately, though, the day was about getting everyone together for a community activity.

"My favorite part," said Angela Smedley, a Cadette "is that we had to do it together."

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