History

…of World Thinking Day

Each year on 22 February, Girl Guides and Girl Scouts all over the world celebrate World Thinking Day. World Thinking Day was created in 1926 at the 4th Girl Guide/Girl Scout International Conference, hosted by Girl Scouts of the USA at Camp Edith Macy (now called Edith Macy Conference Centre). Conference attendees agreed there should be a special day when Girl Guides and Girl Scouts around the world think of each other and give thanks and appreciation for the international friendship they find in our Movement.

The delegates chose 22 February as World Thinking Day as it was the mutual birthday of Lord Baden-Powell, founder of the Boy Scout Movement, and his wife Olave, who served as World Chief Guide. At the 7th World Conference in 1932, held in Poland, a delegate suggested that since birthdays traditionally involve presents, girls could show their appreciation and friendship on World Thinking Day, not only by extending warm wishes to each other, but also by offering a voluntary contribution to the World Association to support Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting in other countries.

Olave wrote to all Girl Guides and Girl Scouts asking them to donate just one penny, and so the World Thinking Day fund was formed. Since then, funds you raise at any point during the whole year and send to WAGGGS’ World Thinking Day fund support the development of Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting around the world. Funds ensure the delivery of non-formal education programmes, assist Member Organizations with their projects, support young women to develop leadership and advocacy skills and help grow and share the Movement with more girls and young women around the world.

Since 2009, each World Thinking Day has been themed on the Millennium Development Goals. Focusing on the Millennium Development Goals raises awareness of the theme and encourages girls, young women and members of all ages to make a personal commitment to change the world around them. Each World Thinking Day theme lasts all year and Girl Guides and Girl Scouts can earn a World Thinking Day badge at any time during the year by completing educational activities on the respective theme.

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