World Thinking Day: How Are You A Leader?

On February 22nd, Girl Scouts around the world will celebrate World Thinking Day—a time when girls come together and help change the world. This year’s theme is leadership and Girl Scouts are encouraged to do activities that promote girls’ leadership qualities and allow girls to reflect on who they are and who they want to be. Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors will explore different leadership positions and learn about Girl Scout Promises and Laws from other countries, while the older girls (Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors) will speak out on issues they care about and connect with their sisterhood.

However, even if you’re not planning on joining in on the World Thinking Day activities, the celebration is a great time for self-reflection. Think about how you’ve been a leader in your own life. How have you grown in the following year? And how has Girl Scouts aided you in your growth?

Personally, Girl Scouts has given me the confidence to explore other aspects of myself and get involved in things I might not have before. It has assisted me in understanding that leadership isn’t always about having control and leading a group—leadership can be leading yourself too. I’ve become a better leader in my own life, taking charge of my dreams and seeking out opportunities to improve myself. Writing this blog post is one great example! Another is creating an American Sign Language Club at my school. I’ve taken risks and have been supported by my Girl Scout family the whole way through.

I’ve also become a leader that listens—I rely on my troop for input and advice, learning from everything they say. They’ve taught me that being a good leader means knowing how to follow and support too, and, thanks to their advice, our troop has been involved in some great service projects. We’ve participated in Honor Flight events and have taken the time to sit down and listen to talks about mental health with the National Alliance on Mental Health.

Like many girls, Girl Scouts has allowed me to foster my sense of self around others like me, and it’s thanks to the support and wisdom offered by my troop that I’ve become the leader I am today!

Katie Grierson was born in Las Vegas, NV, and attends Bishop Gorman High School. She has been a Girl Scout for nine years, and is currently an Ambassador in Troop 77. Presently, she is working on her Gold Award, the highest honor in Girl Scouting.

3 Comments

  1. Congratulations Katie on your first blog. Over the yrs I’ve had the pleasure of watching you in the Girl Scout community at several events. I’ve enjoyed seeing you host a table, and represent the GS in uniform at the annual Veteran Honor Flight welcome homecoming. Thank you for using this platform to delight us in your vision from your girlscout experiences.

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  2. Katie is an outstanding example of the best a young woman can achieve. Through the outstanding example of her parents and grandparents, she grows daily in her love and consideration of her fellow humans. With the guidance and support of the Girl Scouts, she has sought to establish and learn of her own strengths and talents. Proud to say I know this amazing young lady, and her supportive and loving family. She will achieve whatever goals she pursues in life, and be a shining example for those around in her orbit.

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  3. Congratulations ! Katie
    I am so happy and excited for your first blog. Be proud of your hard work and achievement.
    Completely
    Totally
    Proud of You ,
    You Did It . 👏❤️

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