Greetings to all Girl Guides and Scouts on World Thinking Day! What is it? Every year on the birthday of Lord and Lady Baden Powell**, TEN MILLION Guides and Scouts all over the world think about each other, and about how we, together, can made a difference in the world. Each year WAGGGS (The World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts) chooses a theme and invites girls to learn about a problem and think about how they can help. Past themes have included stopping the spread of infectious diseases, expanding access to clean water, and other important causes. This year's theme is CONNECT!
Each year WAGGGS creates activity packets for all age levels of girls. Well do I remember setting up 5 gallon buckets of water in our church parking lot and challenging my Cadettes to see how far they could carry them, to emphasize how important it is to women and girls and families to have access to clean water. Many girls spend their whole day, every day, searching for water and carrying it long distances to their families. I remember setting up a cot with a mosquito net, and demonstrating to 60 Brownies how a simple net can stop the spread of malaria - and raising money with the girls to donate nets to someone in Africa. I hope all the girls remember those activities too!
This year, WAGGGS has gone back to the beginning of the tradition (90 years ago in 1926!) and invites us you to explore and celebrate the meaningful connections that
make our lives better, whether to the people closest to us, to a place
we care about, or to a Girl Guide or Girl Scout friend on the other side
of the world.
Here are website links with more information for you. You can get the activity packs and use them with your troops and scouts! Here's a photo of this year's patch. AND NO YOU HAVEN'T MISSED IT JUST BECAUSE IT'S NO LONGER FEBRUARY 22ND, many of the activities are designed to take more than one day to complete, especially for older girls - so WTD can be any and every day!
**Yes, they both were born on February 22nd. And that's why that day was chosen.