Friday, February 22, 2013

Why Do Girl Scouts and Girl Guides Celebrate World Thinking Day on February 22?

World Thinking Day and the History Behind the Day that Girl Scouts and Guide Guides Around the World Celebrate. 

World Thinking Day is Februar 22, 2013 - Together Girl Scouts and Girl Guides Can Save Children's Lives

Every year, on February 22, Girl Scouts and Girl Guides all over the world celebrate World Thinking Day.  We honor our sister Girl Guides and Girl Scouts by taking the time to give thanks for our international friends and to remember that Girl Scouts of Nassau County isn’t the only group of Girl Scouts out there; that we are part of a larger community of Girl Scouts and Girl Guides. But, what is the history behind World Thinking Day

In 1926, at the 4th International Conference, held right here in New York at the Girl Scouts of the USA's Camp Edith Macy, Girl Scout and Girl Guide delegates chose February 22nd as Thinking Day with the thought that there should be a special day to “think” about our sister Girl Guides and Girl Scouts; circling the globe with a chain of thoughts of international friendship and world peace.  The date February 22 was chosen because it is the mutual birthday of Sir Robert and Olave Baden-Powell. The first Thinking Day was celebrated in February 1927. In 1999, at the 30th World Conference, Girl Scout and Girl Guide delegates voted to change the name of the day from Thinking Day to World Thinking Day to emphasize the importance of global thinking among Girl Scouts and Girl Guides (USA, 2005).  

Girl Scouts of the USA's 2013 World Thinking Day Award
2013 World Thinking Day Award
In 2013, your Troop can celebrate World Thinking Day with a ceremony and multicultural activities which revolve around this year’s theme of girls' worldwide say "together we can save children's lives,” which focuses on issues that affect the lives of other children. There are two ceremonies typically done on World Thinking Day, the World Trefoil Pin Ceremony and the Thinking Day Friendship Flame Ceremony. Girl Scouts in the USA can also work towards earning the World Thinking Day Award for their level. 

Click on your troop level for details:

GSUSA, (2005). World Thinking Day. Retrieved February 2013, from

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