World Thinking Day
Every year, Girl Scouts and Girl Guides around the globe celebrate World Thinking Day on 22 February.
The Girl Scouts and Girl Guides created Thinking Day out of a desire to spend a day reflecting on and appreciating the worldwide spread of these movements. Since 1926, Thinking Day is observed every year. It was established over 90 years ago.
The day started when delegates from Girl Scout and Guide organizations around the world attended the 4th World Conference. It was then decided that the day would be established and held on Lord Baden-Powell‚Äôs birthday, who is the founder of the Girl Scout Movement and Guide movements.
The 7th World Conference in Poland suggested that birthdays often mean gift-giving, many years after the day began. The idea was that girls could help fund the movement by giving or buying gifts for others who were part the movement.
Olave Baden‚ÄìPowell wrote a note to all Girl Guides, Girl Scouts, and asked them to donate a penny to support Girl Guiding and Girl Scout movements across the globe.
Thinking Day was launched in 2005 and has been a great way to support Girl Guiding across the world. It allows Girl Guides and Scouts from different countries to connect and get to know each other.
Thinking Day aims to bring together young people around the globe – almost 150 countries have signed up to participate in the celebrations. It is a way to share international fun and friendship as well as raise funds and help focus on the year‚Äôs global theme.
Every year, Thinking Day’s theme changes. This year’s theme is “Diversity Equity and Inclusion”. It’s about accepting other people as they are. This year’s theme is to treat everyone equally, regardless of race, religion or ability.
Girl Scouts and Girl Guides are a global organization that has 10 million members spread across 150 countries. They have girls from diverse cultures and backgrounds. The Thinking Day celebrates the amazing diversity of the movement.
Thinking Day is usually a focus on one country. The goal is for Girl Guides and Scouts around the world to spend time researching a country’s culture, living conditions, and other aspects of the world in order to gain a better understanding of how others live.
One country is chosen to be the focus of the study. This helps the community to better understand how other cultures and communities live and function every day. You will also gain an understanding of different religions and their impact on the way communities function and live around the globe.
Each member is asked to donate 1p for projects that help Girl Scouts and Girl Guides in member countries.
Thinking Day is a key day in Girl Guiding’s calendar. The event encourages members to reflect on larger issues that impact them and their communities, as well as those located around the world.
The previous Thinking Days dealt with difficult issues like poverty and inequality based on gender, sustainability, and the environment as well as accessing education around the world.
Most Girl Guiding groups plan many events to celebrate this important day. The day’s theme this year is diversity, equity and inclusion. The goal of Girl Guiding is to help celebrate diversity locally and globally.
The celebrations are largely the responsibility of each Scout or Guide pack.
Some packs celebrate this day with bake sales or sports days. Others choose to take on challenges to raise funds for Girl Guiding or Scouting.
Packs often celebrate by participating in larger events hosted by Scouting and Guiding communities. These events include weekend campout events, which include a hike for a certain number of miles along with other challenges.
Many older Girl Scouts and Girl Guides participate in endurance challenges. Some are held in their own country while others are hosted in other countries. There are many ways to celebrate: Trekking along difficult trails, climbing smaller mountains, or participating in races that allow the girls to use their map-reading skills.
Some groups may choose to host special events such as sleepovers, parties and other activities. Girl Guides and Scouts may choose to walk together to a point of interest to watch the sunrise. Some packs choose to celebrate Thinking Day in this way. The time at sunrise is dedicated to the year’s theme.
Thinking Day gives Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting the chance to reflect on others and look at the larger issues that affect the Scouting and Guiding communities.