WTD: GS can earn "foreign" GS/Girl guide awards!
- Want to do something different for World Thinking day?
Did you know that Girls Guides/Scouts can earn and be awarded
recognitions from Girl Guides/Scouts of another country – what a special
way to learn about Guiding around the world. For about ten years, a
group of GSUSA volunteers have arranging this through a Yahoo group.
Orders are due in October with the goal of delivering the actual award
before World Thinking Day in February. These recognitions usually go on
the back of a GSUSA vest or sash although some councils allow them on
the front. The optional participation patch is worn on the back.
Sometimes older Girl Scouts get a participation patch after helping a
younger troop earn an award.
We have been offering this to Parsippany Service Unit since at least
2006 or 2007 and the troops that participate have really enjoyed it. I
know some places have older girls (or volunteers) run an event or a
workshop to help younger girls/troops earn their awards. Even with a
January or February (closer to 2/22 World Thinking Day), the ordersa re
due in October; there is only one order each year. In our SU, we add a
little bit to the price of each award to cover postage. Sometimes there
is a tiny refund to troops, and I have been known to throw in a $1 for
postage if I mis-estimated or wanted to round the numbers. Some service
units will cover the cost of postage for the girls, and some order as a
troop and handle their own costs.
This year Girl Scouts from 5-14 years old can earn UK interest badges
through that Yahoo group. The group’s ordering deadline for World
Thinking Day 2014 is 1 November. (I set an earlier deadline for my
service unit so that I can collate the order.) Every year the Yahoo
group membership is closed from mid-October until all ordering is
complete when it will be re-opened.
To order for your troop or community, or to get more information, you
must be a member of
>http://groups.yahoo.com/group/BadgesforThinkingDay . Visit to join andlearn more! I do not know them personally - but have worked with them
for years and it's been good.
If you are a tiny service unit, you can email me directly to work on
joining my order, although I would really rather you hosted it
yourselves, maybe with the towns next to you. (in part since my dd is a
high school senior...) But if you are small and really can not, you
would need to get me a check on time and then (probably in January)
either pick up the awards in Parsippany or pay for me to mail them to
you. I am less than a mile from the 80 and 287 intersection. Robin at