On World Thinking Day, February 22, residents of the Inland Empire learned that even the littlest Daisy can make a big difference. Five Daisy Scouts from Troop 16 came together at Wildwood Park in Yucaipa, CA, to clean up a favorite neighborhood locale.
Four adult volunteers and three additional kids joined to help with the pick-up. Shannon McLaughlin, leader of Troop 16, coordinated the clean-up after the girls expressed a wish to work together, rather than do independent projects to earn their 2012 World Thinking Day patch.
All Girl Scouts of the USA honor their sister scouts and guides around the world on this globally recognized holiday. The theme of World Thinking Day 2012 was for all girls to declare, "We can save our planet!"
The Daisy troop's assistant leader, Tricia Murphy, stepped-up to the challenge and led the scouts and volunteers in the park project.
"It went great and we had a lot of fun," said Murphy.
Sydney, a Daisy scout, after 45 minutes of removing rubbish, refused to throw her collection bag away. Her mom says, "she wanted to keep picking up trash!"
All the girls showed an equal amount of enthusiasm for their work. After they cleaned up, the girls enjoyed snacks and took advantage of the sunny day to climb some trees.
As a community project, the girls reached out to local residents who could see firsthand their commitment to the environment. In addition, some girls also completed work at home.
One Daisy in particular researched endangered animals, prompting her to learn more about green sea turtles and how we, as responsible citizens of the planet, can help save them.
This year's World Thinking Day theme also corresponds with the Girl Scouts' 100th Anniversary Take Action Project - Girl Scouts Forever Green - where girls challenge themselves to reduce waste and develop creative conservation projects. Rain gardens and recycling programs are just two development missions suggested by Girl Scouts USA.
The girls honored their founder, Juliette Gordon Low, who was herself an avid lover of nature and the outdoors, with their hard work and dedication. By doing their part to care for the Earth, the scouts recognized their powerful sisterhood around the globe and made a difference in their community.
Troop 16, we thank you for your service.
by Katherine Li
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