Wallingford Girl Scouts to host first ‘World Thinking Day’ since start of pandemic



By Jessica Simms

Record-Journal staff

WALLINGFORD — After being canceled for two years due to COVID, the Girl Scouts’ “World Thinking Day” is back, scheduled for this evening in Moran Middle School’s cafeteria from 6 to 7:30 p.m. 

World Thinking Day is a Girl Scout holiday, said Terri Arsenault, service unit manager for Wallingford. 

“It’s always had that international theme to it, so each troop will select a country and then put a display up and then the girls will visit the different displays and maybe learn something about the different countries because Girl Scouts is part of an organization that’s international,” Arsenault said. 

The idea is to show what the troop has learned about the country they select. 

“They can do anything from food to learn a song, learn a game, do a craft, all that kind of stuff from their country,” said Crystal Butler, leader of Troop 60262. 

Butler said the event is like an expo.  

“The people just visiting, like the troops that are not hosting, but just wanting to walk through, they stop at each table and they can view everything on Iceland and then move on to let’s say Italy,” Butler said. “It’s kind of like you’re doing a world tour.” 

Troop 60262, a cadet troop, is hosting tonight’s World Thinking Day, with the theme “Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.” The troop will have three booths dedicated to the theme. 

“They were supposed to be hosting it the year COVID happened so they didn’t get a chance to host,” Butler said. “That is why they are hosting it this year … They made games, crafts and something to help explain to the younger ones what it’s all about, what Girl Scouts is all about.” 

Since this troop was scheduled to host in 2020, the girls had started preparing two years ago. 

“We saved all that stuff, luckily,” Butler said. 

Recruitment

The World Thinking Day event will also be used for recruitment. Arsenault and another volunteer will talk to girls interested in joining. 

“With the pandemic, it’s been exceptionally difficult to recruit because Girl Scouts have been so limited in the activities that we can do,” Arsenault said. “It’s been very difficult to get girls engaged.” 

Walter Schwartz, one of the troop 60262 leaders, was the leader of a troop from Moses Y. Beach Elementary School that disbanded due to logistical difficulties and COVID precautions. 

“... we couldn’t meet in person, Zoom wasn’t working for the leaders or the girls,” Schwartz said. 

After not having the event for two years, Arsenault is excited to see the girls gatter in person.

“They’re always so enthusiastic,” she said. “They’re just fun.” 

Reporter Jessica Simms can be reached at jsimms@record-journal.com.



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