In the lead up to World Thinking Day
2023, the No.1 Kingstown Girl Guides Company hosted its annual Inter-Patrol Debating and
Reading Competitions at the St. Vincent Girls’ High School on Friday, 3rd February 2023. The
theme for this year’s World Thinking Day activities is “Our World, Our Peaceful Future: The
Environment and Peace”.
In the debating competition, the statement for debate was “Global warming is a myth and Girl
Guides all over the world should focus less on climate change advocacy and campaigns for
climate resilience”. All contenders took an opposing view to the statement. Topping the charts
for the competition was O’rhanna Brewster of the Starfish Patrol with Leah Nanton from the
Dragonfly Patrol in second place and Annaliese Mapp of the Daisy Patrol in 3rd place. The other
contenders included Isabella Sam representing the Butterfly Patrol, Kiana Bailey representing
the Daffodils Patrol, Ariann Constance representing the Daisy Patrol, Ananda-Le Henry
representing the Parrot Patrol and Leanique Balkaran representing the Rose Patrol.
There were also eight contenders in the Reading Competition. The passage centered on
bringing balance to development with limits on deforestation. Kuba Francis of the Rose Patrol
placed 1st with Tyler Matthias of the Daisy Patrol placing second and in third place, Raine Jack
of the Starfish Patrol. The other competing girl guides were Osanna Sprott from the Bumblebee
Patrol, Samara Haynes of the Butterfly Patrol, Miah Scott of the Daisy Patrol, Keveisha Simmons
of the Dragonfly Patrol, and Juliandra Sterling of the Parrot Patrol.
All across the globe, 10 million members in the 152 countries of the World Association of Girl
Guides and Girl Scouts will work together to create a more peaceful and secure future for
citizens everywhere. Activities for World Thinking Day 2023 will build an understanding of the
role climate change plays in disrupting global peace and security and help members to learn
from the environment to create a balanced and peaceful world.