An international occasion took place in Carroll County the evening of Feb. 19.
That's when Girl Scout Service Unit 671, from the Finksburg/Gamber area, had its annual World Thinking Day event at Gamber fire hall.
Thinking Day is observed by Girl Scouts and Girl Guides in more than 150 countries to give girls the opportunity to think about and better understand the larger world so they can make it a better place.
Locally, each troop's members research a country and then share what they have learned with the other troops in the area in a fun and educational way. The troops set up displays to show the interesting facts they have discovered about the country they chose. They also share a taste of a food that their country is known for, and craft a small "swap" item that symbolizes that country for every Girl Scout attending.
Countries represented at this World Thinking Day event included Norway, Italy, Mexico, China, Israel, France, Germany, Nicaragua and Canada.
The event, which was hosted and organized by local Girl Scout Ambassador Troop 460, attracted more than 100 Finksburg/Gamber Girl Scouts, from kindergarten through high school. Each participant made a Thinking Day passport to help document their experience.
"I loved all the awesome good food from lots of countries, and collecting stamps and stickers in my Thinking Day passport," said Mabry Pirozzi, a Brownie in Troop 586.
Veronica Eurich, of Brownie Troop 1584, said, "I really liked meeting new Scouts." When asked why, she replied, "Because then I make more friends."
Tiffany Hofmann is a Senior Girl Scout who decided to do a booth as an individual this year. "I love doing Thinking Day because it gives the girls many ways to learn about the countries. My display was filled with information from all over Mexico," she said. "I chose Mexico because I was in Spanish class when I had to choose a country and I decided to do one that I had plenty of information on and could get help from teachers."
Daisy Girl Scout Clara Kemp said, "I enjoy learning about other countries in the world who have Girl Scouts/Girl Guides, and doing the research and learning about the country that my troop chooses to present each year."
Heidi Pirozzi, leader of Brownie Troop 586, said, "Preparing for World Thinking Day helped teach the seven- and eight-year-old Brownies in our troop how to research and discover new and interesting facts about Norway, the country they chose. I was impressed with how well they shared their new knowledge with troops of all ages at the event. The World Thinking Day event allowed the girls to learn a lot about many countries in just a couple hours of fun sharing among Scouts of all ages in our service unit."