Sept. 11 brings Thinking Day closer to home

NEIGHBORS

February 22, 2002|By Lesa Jansen | Lesa Jansen,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

TWO HUNDRED GIRL Scouts from Mount Airy and Winfield will gather tonight as part of a worldwide effort to give the girls the opportunity to learn about world peace and international friendship.

Thinking Day is celebrated by Girl Scout troops worldwide in February. Traditionally, troops participate in activities researching the cultures, customs, food and dances from different countries.

This year, after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, the theme is centered on this country.

"Our community decided to approach Thinking Day differently because of what happened Sept. 11, so the whole community will be presenting information on states in the USA," said Ginny Centi, local coordinator of Thinking Day.

Sixteen local troops will showcase states including New York, Idaho and Hawaii. Each troop has spent many hours researching its state.

"We try to have them gather general information as well as researching the geography, people and history of their particular state," Centi said.

With a mile-marker post, each group will mark the distance from Maryland to their respective state. Girls will receive a travel log, which will include questions about the states. The girls can find the answers by visiting other booths.

"We hope that it will give them an appreciation for the people of the United States," Centi said.

Centi's troop will share information about New York state, complete with photographs, souvenirs, a rendition of the Erie Canal song and fun facts. The fun facts include tidbits such as the state beverage - it's milk. The troop will even share samples of the state muffin, the apple muffin.

"Yes, we couldn't find a state sport for New York but there is indeed a state muffin, the apple muffin," she said.

Each troop will offer a taste of its particular state. Idaho will have potato chips and Hawaii, which is the largest world exporter of canned pineapple, will have samples for tasting.

Many troops will wear costumes representing their respective states.

Thinking Day celebrates the birthday of Boy Scout founder Lord Robert Baden-Powell, whose wife, Lady Olave Baden-Powell, co-founded Girl Guides in England, the inspiration for Girl Scouts in the United States.

"Girl Scouts was founded as an organization for girls that would allow them to use skills learned to help others and experience different things," Centi said. "At Thinking Day, the older Girl Scouts organize many of the activities that the younger girls can learn from."

Cadette Troop 1494 will be presenting the closing ceremony with a patriotic theme, including the singing of "God Bless America" and a visit by the Statue of Liberty.

Thinking Day begins at 6:15 p.m. at Mount Airy Middle School.

Mount Airy food drive

Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts will canvass Mount Airy tomorrow to start their second annual community food drive.

"The goal this year is to collect 2,000 pounds of food for the Carroll District," said Daniel Kruhm, a member of Boy Scout Troop 460 and one of the effort's coordinators.

Tomorrow, more than 70 boys from Mount Airy Boy Scout Troop 460 and Cub Scout Pack 460 - with an army of parents as drivers - will distribute hundreds of bags to area residences.

"We're planning to knock on doors as we distribute the bags so that we can explain to people about the food drive," Kruhm said. "This is the second year for the drive and we're doing it as a way to get more involved in the community."

Scouts will collect the filled bags March 2.

World Mission classes

Calvary United Methodist Church in Mount Airy is offering a 15-week college-level course on World Mission.

Each "Perspectives" class will feature different missionaries presenting their perspective on World Mission.

Classes are open to the public to audit without college credit.

Information: 301-829-0358.

Lesa Jansen's Southwest neighborhood column appears each Friday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

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