The 31st Rensselaer County Girl Scout International Fair

by Sandra Foyt on March 13, 2011

in Enrichment Ideas

flag_paradeThe Rensselaer County Girl Scout International Fair is an annual tradition during Girl Scout Week that honors the origins of Girl Scouting by bringing families from all over the Capital Region to learn about the cultural traditions of people around the world.

Originally, the International Fair was hosted at alternating schools in Rensselaer County until the event outgrew those venues and was moved to The McDonough Complex at Hudson Valley Community College fifteen years ago. And now, the event has expanded once again to include Girl Scout troops from Greene and Columbia Counties.


Girls and adult volunteers start planning for this event early in the school year when they enter the lottery to get the chance to represent the country of their choice.  Throughout the year, they work together to learn about their countries and to plan a booth where they will share what they learn. Many girls choose to wear the national costume and to provide indigenous foods.


Some of the booth entries can get very elaborate, which can be a challenge for the adult volunteers because they have to provide guidance while letting the girls do things themselves. But even the youngest Daisy Girl Scouts are able to contribute and partake of the international flavors!


The International Fair is a fun, family event that reminds everyone not only of the foundation of Girl Scouts, but of the commitment to make the world a better place.


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Click on the link for the Rensselaer County Girl Scout International Fair Photo Album on the Albany Kid Facebook Page to find the entire collection of photos.

| Sandra Foyt is a storyteller, photographer, and road trip junkie. A veteran of six cross-country road trips, she drove Route 66, the Lincoln Highway, the fossil freeway, the extraterrestrial highway, and even “the loneliest road in America.” Find her on, an award-winning destination guide to extraordinary travel in and from Northeast USA, on her portfolio site at, and in freelance gigs on Family Travel 411, Minitime, Huffington Post, and Matador Network. Email:, Twitter @SandraFoyt.

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