Local Girl Scout troops will celebrate 2017 World Thinking Day with an event from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11.  

The Potowatomi Service Unit of the Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois is sponsoring the annual event. Its purpose is to raise awareness of the world around us. It is open to the public as well as to all Girl Scout troops, their families and friends.

The theme of this year’s event is “Grow: Make new friends, Share the fun, Plant a tree.”

Each troop is in charge of researching its country and making a display with information about the country and its Scouts.

“Each troop which represents a country creates its own craft or activity a girl can do at the booth,” said Troop 292 leader Kim Olandese. “Last year our troop represented Australia, so we encouraged girls to make their own didgeridoo to take home.”

The local troops and their assigned countries are: 236, United Kingdom; 292, France; 1880, Ireland; 763, Greece; 1184, Argentina; 614, Iceland; 1730, Slovakia; 309, Egypt, and 1300, Madagascar.

The event will take place at Prairiewood Elementary School, 3215 Hercules Road. The cost is $2 per person at the door. It includes a passport, food samples, crafts, games and activities.  A few booths may charge a small additional fee for supplies.

“We would like to use this event to educate the girls who attend about scouting and how fun it can be and encourage them to join Girl Scouts,” Olandese said.

For information, contact chairperson Janey Welch via private message at https://facebook.com/bunkykid.

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