Girl Scouts Host A World of Fun and Friendship – Elizabeth Coombs

Jamaica Troop and the Dollar Dance- Photo by Nancy Shin
Jamaica Troop and the Dollar Dance- Photo by Nancy Shin

Dr. Paul Carlson Park was bustling like the United Nations on Sunday, Nov. 7, when Culver City Girl Scouts gathered for their annual World Friendship Day. Countries from all of the inhabited continents were represented as 21 troops ranging in age from five (Daisy level) to 18 (Ambassador level) shared samples of cooking, handicrafts and the performing arts from their chosen countries. The day started at 12:30 p.m. with the Parade of Nations, each troop garbed in handmade costumes and carrying national flags. Next came a food festival at which Girl Scout families and community members eagerly gobbled down portions of traditional main dishes and desserts. Mango chicken from Malawi, Canadian butter tarts, spaghetti with chickpeas and rice-stuffed grape leaves from Greece, Irish soda bread and mashed potatoes, Polish sausage and cabbage, Italian panna cotta and empanadas from Uruguay were among the homemade items that delighted the crowd. When everyone had eaten their fill, the troops entertained their guests with three-minute performances of songs, skits and dances, such as the Jamaican dollar dance performed by a Junior troop, a Daisy troop singing and rowing a Venetian gondola, and a pageant of women from Greek mythology.
Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) is one of 140 scouting organizations that make up the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts. The founder of GSUSA, Juliette Gordon Low, envisioned promoting international cooperation through Girl Scouting.

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