The West Windsor-Plainsboro Girl Scout Service Unit celebrated Thinking Day to celebrate international friendship on February 5. Each troop presented information, a craft, game, food, or items for sale associated with one country.##M:[more]##

The annual event, held at High School North, was attended by close to 1,"000 participants including 500 local Girl Scouts, from more than 50 troops.

The Thinking Day committee, chaired by Natalie Devlin, leader of troop 1606, included Pat Helck (troops 207 and 208), Evelyn Turney (troop 206), May Rowland (troop 217), Pat Hoge (troops 619 and 1518), Becky Grant (troop 1490), Stacey Simanovsky (troop 580), and Christine Zelnick (troop 672).

“It was especially fun to swap and stamp passports for brownies and daisy scouts, says junior scout Rebecca Van Dyke.

“One of my favorite parts of Thinking Day was watching the girls proudly marching in the opening ceremony while holding the flag of their country,” said Cheryl Corbett, co-service unit director and leader of troop 1987.

“It takes a lot of volunteers to run an event like this. In addition to an active event committee, we had older Girl Scouts run the welcome table, organize leaders dropping off their materials, and lead the parade,” said Natalie Devlin, chair of Thinking Day Committee and leader of troop 1606. “Also, Isha Vora, as part of her Girl Scout Gold Award Project, had a table to build community awareness about diabetes.

“Thinking Day is our “big event” of the year, says Louisa Ho, co-service unit director and leader of troops 677 and 1866. “It takes an amazing amount of time and creativity to prepare troops for Thinking Day.