From July 11–15, over 100 Girl Guides and Girl Scouts gathered in Chicago to brainstorm solutions to global issues, while also making lasting international friendships. Through a series of workshops, events, and group work, the girls focused on three of the United Nations' Millenium Development Goals (MDGs): gender equality, environmental sustainability, and poverty reduction, with a goal to create sustainable action plans to use and implement in their hometowns.
We started off with Erin Chant, a Girl Scout Ambassador from Indiana, talking on our ForGirls site about the Girls' World Forum planning process
. The next day, the excitement was palpable in first-day reporting
from San Diego Girl Scout and Gold Award recipient Andrea Quintanar, who shared a day filled with happy meetings, swaps, and attempts to navigate language barriers. Maintaining similar enthusiasm (and a live-coverage blog
) were Girl Scouts Jennifer and Caroline from the Texas Oklahoma Plains council. Their amazing blog is a who's who and what's what of all the fun that was had, visually detailing an International Night
, scavenger hunts, trips, and presentations from an assortment of speakers.