World Thinking Day

World Thinking Day, February 22, celebrates the birthdays of the founder of the worldwide Guiding and Scouting movement, Lord Robert Baden-Powell (1857-1941) and World Chief Guide, Lady Olave Baden-Powell (1889-1977), who served for many years as the World Chief Guide.

Thinking Day was first created in 1926 at the fourth Girl Guide/Girl Scout International Conference held at Girl Scouts of the USA's Camp Edith Macy (now called Edith Macy Conference Center). Conference attendees decided that there should be a special day for Girl Scouts and Girl Guides from around the world to celebrate diversity and international understanding; to "think" of each other and give thanks and appreciation to their "sister" Girl Scouts.

Thinking Day celebrations often include activities about the food, culture, native dress, and songs or games from countries outside your own. Countries celebrated are traditionally countries that are members of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS).

In the United States, Girl Scouting grew out of the friendship between Juliette Gordon Low and Lord Baden-Powell and his sister, Agnes, who began Girl Guiding. World Thinking Day celebrates that friendship and the sisterhood of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts around the globe. The day is also a time to donate funds to the Juliette Low World Friendship Fund.

In 1932, at the seventh World Conference, held in Poland, a Belgian delegate suggested that since birthdays usually involve presents, girls could show their appreciation and friendship on Thinking Day not only by extending warm wishes but by offering a voluntary contribution to the World Association. This is how the World Association's Thinking Day Fund began. The fund helps offer Girl Guiding/Girl Scouting to more girls and young women worldwide. Girl Scouts of the USA, through its Juliette Low World Friendship Fund contributes to the World Thinking Day Fund.

To emphasize the global aspect of Thinking Day, members at the 30th World Conference, held in Ireland in 1999, changed the name from Thinking Day to World Thinking Day.

How do we celebrate Thinking Day?

Thinking Day is the perfect time to give Daisy Girl Scouts (or any new Girl Scout) the World Trefoil Pin.

Brownies and Juniors should learn what each part of the pin represents. They might want to play games from around the world, make special origami Thinking Day peace doves, WAGGGS friendship knots, do an international craft, plan a special ceremony, or attend a Girl Scout Community event that includes these activities. Girls may want to have a “pounding” by donating a coin for every pound they weigh or a Silver Tea by donating nickels, dimes or quarters to the Juliette Low World Friendship Fund.

Girls ages 11 to 17 may want to embrace Thinking Day on a deeper level by planning a special service project that would benefit children living in another country.

To learn about this year's World Thinking Day focus, visit the World Association Web site.

For more information about the Juliette Low World Friendship Fund, email Jackie Dineen or call 1-800-248-3355 ×1026.

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