The local Girl Scouts of Laramie planned and hosted their Annual Thinking Day at Linford Elementary School on Saturday Feb. 22.

Thinking day is a day where the Girl Scouts pick a country to learn about different troops around the world, and how they vary from our local troops, both in how they operate, and what they sell.

“The Girl Scouts pick a country, usually its one big country, this year was a little bit different, we did it kind of like the Olympics, so every Girl Scout troop had its own country. And you just talk about the girl scouts from that country. What they do, how they’re different, how they’re the same,” Ambassador Scout Maddie Appelhans said.

Every troop picked a different country, and they all came together to teach each other about their country at Thinking Day.

After they pick a country, they pick a craft, food, or activity from that country.

The experience helps these younger Girl Scouts to learn about other cultures and how different places around the world are different.

“It’s a cultural thing, and helps us connect with Girl Scouts from other countries,” Appelhans said.

Appelhans said that the Cadette, Senior and Ambassador scouts were stationed at certain tables to teach the younger scouts about the country that they picked.

One of the stations that the older Scouts had was a food station, that had cultural foods that were prepared by all of the participating scouts.

One of the treats they had made, was a New Zealand sweet called Hokey Pokey. It is made from sugar, a molasses like substance and baking soda, and appears to look like peanut brittle.

All levels of Girl Scouts, from the kindergarten “Daisies” to the high school Junior and Senior “Ambassadors” are encouraged to participate in this yearly enriching cultural activity.

Appelhans’ troop, 1207, picked New Zealand for this year’s Thinking Day.

“Some [other country’s Girl Scouts] sell other things [than cookies]. For example, my group picked New Zealand. And they do sell cookies, but instead of having other flavors like they do here, they have one cookie [type],” Appelhans said.

She described the only cookie type from New Zealand as a cookie biscuit with chocolate over it.

Thinking Days usually involve time an effort going into the crafts.

Appelhans talked about previous Thinking Days where her troop painted a photography backdrop of the Great Wall of China that took four weeks to complete.

After nine years of participating in Thinking Day, Appelhans still believes that it is a good learning experience about other cultures around the world, and would continue to encourage it, especially for the younger Scouts.

Appelhans mentioned that cookie booth sales outside of stores begin in April, and that is what the Girl Scouts are focusing on now.

They usually sell their cookies outside of Safeway, Walmart and sometimes Ridley’s.