World Thinking Day, All ages patch

Discover - Learn 1) what WAGGGS stands for, 2) the meaning of the symbol on the World Association Pin.

World Association of Girl Guides - WAGGGS is the world's largest voluntary organization for girls and young women, with ten million Girl Guides and Girl Scouts from 146 countries across the world. Through its Member Organizations and through working directly with girls and young women, WAGGGS delivers high quality non-formal educational programmes and international opportunities that provide girls and young women dynamic, flexible and values-based training in life skills, leadership and citizenship.

World Association Pin -

Connect - Learn about World Thinking Day. 1) When was it started? Why? 2) What do scouts and guides do on World Thinking Day?

Each year on February 22, World Thinking Day, girls participate in activities and projects with global themes to honor their sister Girl Guides and Girl Scouts in other countries.World Thinking Day is part of WAGGGS Global Action Theme (GAT) based on the United Nation's Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which aim to improve the lives of the world's poorest people.

History of World Thinking Day - Thinking Day was first created in 1926 at the 4th World Girl Scout Conference. Conference attendees decided that there should be a special day for Girl Scouts and Girl Guides from around the world to "think" of each other and give thanks and appreciation to their "sister" Girl Scouts.

Delegates chose February 22 as the date for Thinking Day because 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.

Take Action - Learn about the Juliette Low World Friendship Fund.

Since birthdays usually involve presents, a Belgian delegate at the 7th World Conference suggested that 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.

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