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Did you know that gummy bears were invented in Germany? Or that in ancient Egypt, when a person died, they were buried in a tomb with their favorite foods and possessions? These are a few facts that Delta County Girl Scout troops learned about during their World Thinking Day celebration recently.

Eight Delta County troops, comprised of about 60 Scouts, gathered to celebrate World Thinking Day on April 8. World Thinking Day has been celebrated since 1926, and is organized by the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts. Girls around the world participate annually in the event, to expressly think about Scouting across the globe, and give thanks and appreciation for the international movement of Girl Scouting.

Locally, each troop selected a country it wanted to learn about.The Scouts spent several meetings preparing for the event by learning the history and culture of their selected country, as well as current cultural norms, language, population, geography and other fun facts. Troops also learned how Girl Scouts in their chosen country operate -- many share similarities, but all are a little different. The troop which selected China, for instance, learned that the government does not allow the Girl Scouts organization to form in that country. Other troops learned about Sweden, Madagascar, Italy, Egypt, Ireland and Germany.

Scouts showcased what they learned at the event by showing photos, maps, books, souvenirs and other objects to highlight their country. Each troop made a snack from their country. Some troops performed a song or dance from their country, and other troops taught the group how to say a few words in the language of their country. Each troop exchanged "swaps" with small tokens of friendship. For instance, the troop that learned about Sweden made small Swedish flags out of beads, which they gave to other Scouts.

"World Thinking Day is a really great event for our girls to learn about life outside of Delta County," said Kami Collins, a troop leader in Delta. "It gives the girls the opportunity to know that there are other little girls all across the world, and that through Girl Scouts, we are all connected."

Delta County has several active Girl Scout troops. Girls who are not involved in Girl Scouts but who want to learn more or who want to join a troop can either visit GirlScoutsOfColorado.org or "Girl Scouts of Delta County" on Facebook.

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