Happy World Thinking Day!
Happy World Thinking Day to our sister Girl Guides and Girl Scouts around the world! World Thinking Day is a chance for us to connect with 10 million Girl Guides and Scouts across the globe.
What is World Thinking Day?
Each year on February 22, World Thinking Day, girls honour their sister Girl Guides and Girl Scouts by taking time to give thanks for their international friendships and remember that Girlguiding UK is part of a global community—one of nearly 150 countries with over 10 millions girls who are members of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS). The theme for 2021 is Peacebuilding. Peacebuilding is at the heart of Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting and is as vital and relevant today as for the last 100 years.
History of World Thinking Day
In 1926, delegates from around the globe met in the USA and agreed that 22 February would be known from then onward as a special day for Girl Guides and Girl Scouts all over the world. Conference attendees agreed that year that there should be a special annual day when Girl Guides and Girl Scouts around the world think of each other and express their thanks and appreciation for our international Movement. This was called Thinking Day. The delegates chose 22 February as the date for Thinking Day because it was the birthday of both Lord Baden-Powell, founder of the Boy Scout Movement, and his wife Olave, who was World Chief Guide. Much later in 1999, at the 30th World Conference in Dublin, Ireland, delegates from around the world decided to change the name of the day from Thinking Day to World Thinking Day, to better emphasis the international aspects of the day.
Celebrating at 1st Waddington (RAF) Brownies
Usually we would celebrate World Thinking Day at the weekend with a District event and then again at our weekly meeting. Sadly, due to current COVID-19 restrictions there is no District event to attend but we will talk about it at our weekly meting this week. We’ve also uploaded lots of activities and links for our Brownies to join one of the many virtual Thinking Day events happening round the country.
Pass the Promise
Let’s celebrate being a part of the global guiding community, especially at this time when we can’t be together in person. One way to do this is to Pass the Promise by sharing a photo or video of you making promise. You can then pass it on by tagging a guiding friend to do the same. Use #PassThe Promise