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Guest bloggers, Zoe and Sam, give us the low-down on our World Thinking Day celebrations at Our Cabana. Celebrated since 1926, World Thinking Day is a day of international friendship, speaking out on issues that affect girls and young women, and fundraising for Girl Guides and Girl Scouts around the world.

So they say the only way is Essex but guest bloggers, Sam and Zoe, from Essex South East Guiding have learnt that there is more fun to be had when you mix things up to an international level. Even though World Thinking Day is the 22nd of February, today was Our Cabana’s official celebration for 2016. This meant that over 50 Guias de Mexico (Mexican girl guides) could participate with us and join the fun without missing school.

The morning started early for some with a trip to see the sun rise above the smoking volcano which is only visible from certain view points near Our Cabana. Some followed it with an early morning dip in the pool before welcoming the Mexican girls aged 3 (yes they do start that young) to 17.

Guiding is all about connecting with others and this was the theme of the four bases. We were team amerula (yellow) and were humbled by how confident the girls were and how good their English was. After a spot of lunch and some amazing fruit ice lollies, it was time for the international festival. We boarded Cabana Airlines and set off across the countries represented at the world centre this weekend. We had presentations, songs, dancing and even a pantomime!

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It was an afternoon of eating too as tables were set up with tasters from various countries, including blueberry jam from Maine, Jersey fudge and Scottish shortbread to name a few. Then came dinner before the evening programme which was the inaugural lighting of the immense new fire pit. Starting with tradition by singing ‘Campfire’s Burning’, we then heard songs from Mexico as well as old favourites like ‘Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes’ and ‘Alice the Camel’. The fire tradition ended with s’mores and lots of happy girl guides, young and old.

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We had a great day and are proud to say that the Mexican guides are part of our guiding family.

Photo credit to Sam!

Written by Zoe and Sam.