Thinking Day, a Girl Scout tradition developed by scouting proponents Lord and Lady Powell in 1926, is alive and well in West Windsor and Plainsboro in 2005. This year’s event, held at High School North on February 27, attracted more than 1,"000 participants who viewed the creations of some 500 Girl Scouts from more than 50 troops in the two communities.
The Thinking Day committee, led by Marilyn Steidel, included Liz Boyle, Troop 1607; Elizabeth Carnevale, Troop 1500; Theresa Chao-Bergman, Troop 1836; Anne Clifton, Troop 1018; Cheryl Corbett, Troop 1987; Jan Costantino, Troop 1480; Natalie Devlin, Troop 1606; Lorraine Fisch, Troop 1985; Pat Helck, Troops 207 and 208; Louisa Ho, Troop 677; Mary Ann McKiernan, Troop 1184; Colleen O’ Cone, Troop 1896; and Evelyn Turney, Troop 206.
Thinking Day 2005 featured displays representing more than 50 countries. After choosing a country to represent, the individual troops do research to develop activities, information displays, a game, a craft to do or sell, and foods to sell, which are representative of their country.
The girls, wearing costumes of their country, tour the booths at Thinking Day and get their “passport” stamped at each booth. The girls also “swap” small items representative of their country with other Girl Scouts.Games included the Elephant race in India, a skiing race in Iceland, a marble mining game in South Africa, a pearl diving game in Aruba, Find the Shamrock in Ireland, Buried Treasure in Mexico, and the balance beam challenge in Rumania.
Food for sale included empanadas, Chinese dumplings, greek salad, fried rice, almond cookies, chocolate fondue, cream puffs, cupcakes, and brownies. Items for sale included beaded bracelets, refrigerator magnets, paper flower hair clips, Japanese hair sticks, fairies, and a senet game. Craft activities ranged from color your own finger puppet to paint your own greek vase, decorate a tile, and decorate a paper fan.
“Thinking Day is special because it is the only event we do that is an international celebration of girl scouting around the world with girls, their leaders and their families,” says Steidel. “We kick off the event with a parade of nations, with the country flags and the girls in costumes for their country. The girls love touring Thinking Day, getting their passports stamped, buying food, playing games, and making crafts. It’s a real thrill to see the really young girls (kindergarten aged Daisy Scouts) visiting Thinking Day for the first time. It is such a pleasure to see them enjoy Thinking Day.”