World Thinking Day gives perspective to local girl scouts

By Morgan Chesky - email

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WINONA, TX (KLTV) - In Winona Saturday, area girl scout troops met and made a strong case the girls in green aren't just about crafts and cookies.  Visiting 14 countries in a few hours, the Girl Scouts became foreign citizens, eating, dressing, experiencing life in another land.

"You can go to Japan, or then you can go to the Philippines, Germany, all the countries in one room," said girl scout Melanie Webb.  Nearly a hundred area girl scouts gathered for World Thinking Day.  Started in 1926, the day gives girl scouts a chance to learn other cultures through food, dress, and history.

"It's to help the girls develop courage, character, and confidence, and to become the leaders of tomorrow," said leader Angela Bass.  Webb wanted to be Phillipino Saturday, but ended up in Liberia, a small African country Webb found shares history with Texas.

"They're working for their freedom," said Webb.  "They became a republic in the same year Texas did."  The theme of the day, solving world disease, presented a global problem, a problem one Liberian girl has an answer for.

"You can pay $5.00 and send mosquito nets, and they last for five years, and they help to prevent malaria," said Webb.  World Thinking Day makes it easy to hop from Liberia to Columbia, just don't forget your passport.

In South America, Alexis Hood discovered Columbia is famous for its flower farms, but that's not all she learned.

"It distributes 90 percent of its cocaine to America, that's something I really didn't expect to see," said girl scout Alexis Hood.  Getting their passports filled with stamps, the girl scouts finished with good foreign food and friends.

"Not only will they walk away with the fun stuff, the crafts that they'll make, the games that they'll learn, how to play, but they're going to walk away with the knowledge of how they can make the world a better place," said Bass.

The girl scouts in Winona were not the only ones celebrating World Thinking Day.  Joining them were around 3.7 million girls in the United States and more than 90 countries, making it a global effort.