FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS – Local Girl Scouts from O’Fallon, Shiloh, and Fairview Heights received a global view of their organization on Saturday as Service Unit #201 took part in a World Thinking Day event.
According to organizer Mae Scott, World Thinking Day acknowledges that there are Girl Scouts in hundreds of countries.
“Each troop chose a country. They researched about the Girl Scouts, or similar component that is part of the world association of Girl Scouts, and they learned about the country, the food, the customs. They learned what it is like to be a Girl Scout in other countries,” said Scott.
The Scouts traveled through a world showcase, this year set up in the gymnasium of Illini Elementary School in Fairview Heights.
“The girls will learn a little bit about each country without having to leave the building,” Scott said.
This year’s event featured 35 countries and more than 350 Scouts from 37 troops took part. The girls ranged in age from five to their teens.
“Its an event for all of our girls. Its neat to watch them learn and experience the other nations, along with watching them teach each other what they’ve learned,” Scott said.