Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove, Lincolnshire, Twin Groves School District, Wheeling
VISTA 2 International Fair
Sunday, February 21, 2010 - 1-5 p.m.
Stevenson High School, One Stevenson Drive, Lincolnshire, IL 60069 Drive (on Rt. 22/Half Day Road, west of Milwaukee Ave) Parking Lot B, entrance 1 and 2
The VISTA 2 International Fair is Coming!
Your troop may attend as visitors or help out by running a booth. Girls may travel through the fair and visit different countries at booths run by VISTA 2 troops. Booths need to be about countries that are members of the World Association of Girl Scouts and Girl Guides. Please download the attached pdf document for a list of countries. (You will not be able to print the document, it is read only.) The deadline to register your troop to run a booth is Feb. 8.
Troop 40358 is the event coordinator. All registrations and questions should be directed to them. If you need contact information for troop 40358, you may request it here: V2_IntComAmb@gsvista.org. (We're sorry, but this information can only be released to adults registered with Girl Scouts VISTA 2.)
Purpose: To remind us that we are an international family of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts. Also give the girls an opportunity to learn the costumes, games, crafts, and Girl Scouting activities of their sister Girl Scouts in other lands.
Proceeds: “Together we can end poverty and extreme hunger” is the theme of the 2010 World Thinking Day. In honor of this theme, proceeds from the event will be donated to Heifer International. This organization provides livestock and agriculture to lift families out of poverty and toward self-reliance. Each scout will receive one token to “vote” on their favorite donation – pigs, llamas, honey bees, goats, chickens, etc.
SWAPS: Special Whatchamacallits Affectionately Pinned Somewhere
Swaps, the tradition of Girl Scouts exchanging keepsakes, started long ago when Girl Scouts and Girl Guides first gathered for fun, song, and making new friends. Create about 10 “swaps” for each girl in your troop. At days’ end, they will come home with 10 different swaps on their vest. The swaps can reflect your country, or scouting in general. Visit http://www.scoutingweb.com/scoutingweb/program/craftsswaps.htm or http://www.scoutswaps.com/thinkingday.html for ideas and inspiration.
Cost of event: $5 per participant (includes patch)
Troop Preparation and details
- Select a country from the list of member organizations of WAGGGS – World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts
- Select a craft, food item, or game that reflects the history, customs and uniqueness of your chosen country. Please keep in mind that over 400 girls may be in attendance.
- Create about 10 “swaps” for each girl in your troop.
- Troops may consider making either a free standing display to put around the table or behind it. The display may include pictures, articles, crafts, maps, flags, or anything of interest about the country. Each troop will be assigned space and will be provided with a table, seating, and approximately 15 sq. ft. of space. Please indicate on the RSVP if you need electrical outlets or additional space.
- Girls and leaders should either dress in uniform or costumes of the country they represent.
- Please bring a plastic garbage bag for disposal of garbage at your tables. All garbage and fair debris must be removed from the floor and walls. Your troop is responsible for making sure your area is clean and that all garbage bags are tied securely.
- Troops may want to provide paper bags for their girls for carrying their crafts. Write the name and troop number on them in case they are misplaced.
- One or two leaders and 2 – 4 girls should be available for set-up at 12:30. No other girls or adults will be allowed to enter until 1:00.
- Have a kaper chart set up with 3-4 girls in a booth at a time. Ask parents if necessary to assist you. Assign parents and troop members clean up responsibilities after the fair.
- Make a cloth/paper flag of your country, and assign 1 troop member the task of marching in our Parade of Nations/Flag ceremony.
12:30 - 1:00 Troops set up booths
1:00 – 1:30 Welcome, Flag Ceremony, Girl Scout Promise
1:30 – 4:30 Booths open
4:30 – 5:00 Clean – up