Just returned from an International Fair hosted by my daughter's Girl Scout troop. What a terrific way to expose young girls to other countries and cultures! Each participating Brownie or Junior troop chose a country to exhibit with a poster board of facts and photos, some food or snack from that country, and a craft or costume. The event opened with a parade of countries, each troop waving their flag. Then, every girl had a "passport" and she could visit the exhibits, get her passport stamped, and sample the food. Later, each troop performed a native dance from their country or sang a song or recited facts.
I loved the little Brownies representing France, who wore berets with French poodle neck scarves and served a slice of baguette with a wedge of brie on red, blue and white paper plates. And I also admired the girls who chose Turkey, attired in head scarves and traditional dress, and the Englanders serving tea. I think lots of little girls left the fair today with more knowledge of the world, and that's such a good thing.