Local Girl Scouts learned aspects of a variety of cultures on Sunday, March 11 as they participated in their celebration of World Thinking Day.

Scouts of the Black Diamond Girl Scout Council representing Troop 5163 in Smithers and Troops 1880 and 3369, both in Oak Hill, visited with students from WVU Tech’s International Student Organization at the Tech Center Ballroom over the weekend.

According to Debby Kemmerling, membership development coordinator with the Girl Scouts of Black Diamond Council, the Scouts celebrate Thinking Day every year either as troops or an event such as the one at Tech.

“It’s all about discovering the world our sister GS/GG live in throughout the world,” she said. “We are so appreciative of the work they (the Tech students) did to put this event on.

“I really admire these students for doing this.”

On Feb. 22, Girl Scouts and Girl Guides around the world celebrate World Thinking Day. Through the Girl Scout Leadership Experience they joined together, uniting in the 2012 theme, “We can make the world a better place.”

Jerome Wauchope, president of the Tech student group, said, “It’s been a privilege” to take part in the Scouts’ event.

He said the student organization, which features 30 to 40 members, was participating in its first outreach program.

“It was a fun thing, and it was good to be able to work with the kids,” he said.


Below are some Girl Scout areas of importance, as provided by Kemmerling:


-- We couldn’t do what we do without the help of so many talented volunteers.

-- Over 3500 volunteers are actively making a difference in the lives of our girls.

--Volunteering for Girl Scouts is fun and flexible. You don’t have to be a troop leader. We have so many opportunities  —  from sharing your expertise and passion for something one time, to helping local troops get regular publicity for their community service and activities. You could help plan and run events. Administrative volunteers run the business of Girl Scouting on a local level.  Whatever time you have, it can benefit girls.

Girl Scouting/Girl Scout Leadership Experience

-- Girl Scouting has changed some over the past few years. We’re modernizing our program, updating the curriculum, the look and feel; girls no longer have to wear a uniform. And these are all based on what girls say they want.

-- The Girl Scout Leadership Experience now offers different pathways or ways for girls to participate. Girls can just go to camp, or just go to special events. If she wants, she can just do council travel trips or work with a like-minded group on a special interest project. Before long some girls will be even doing Girl Scouting virtually.

-- We’re more accessible to girls and adults, because of these changes.

-- Girl Scouting is about leadership. We focus on what girls need to thrive and lead in a changing world — science & technology, financial literacy, healthy living, environmental leadership and global citizenship.

-- There are three keys to leadership: discover, connect, take action.

-- Activities in Girl Scouting are girl led. She learns by doing and the learning is cooperative, not competitive.

-- Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place.

Cookie sale

-- Cookie season is in full swing right now.


On March 12, 1912, Juliette Gordon Low founded the Girl Scouts of the USA. The Council’s celebration of the 100th anniversary is being celebrated starting last fall with the new membership year and will continue throughout 2012.  It is being celebrated with parades, Jamborees, concerts, fairs, rallies, and more.

For more, visit http://www.bdgsc.org.

— E-mail:skeenan@register-herald.com


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