All the Girl Guides and Girl Scouts celebrate World Thinking Day annually on February 22. It is a day when all Guides and Girl Scouts think about their “sisters” (and “brothers”) all over the world. It has been celebrated since the year 1926, therefore, recently there is a dedicated theme to it which speaks on an important international issue.
This day celebrates and honours international friendships and relationships. On this day, people discuss problems that young women face and to raise funds for Girl Guides and Girl Scouts across 150 countries.
It is also observed to appreciate girls’ involvement in Scouting and Guiding. So have a look at this article to know the theme, history and significance of World Thinking Day 2020.
Date and Theme of World Thinking Day 2020:
Every year the World Thinking Day is celebrated on February 22. Boy Scouts has also marked this day as Founders Day.
Theme: “Diversity, Equity and Inclusion”. World Thinking Day 2020 theme suggests respecting everyone, irrespective of their race, nationality, religion, age, ability, appearance, gender, identity or experience.
History and Significance:
The observance of World Thinking Day has been celebrated since the year 1926.
The delegates from the guide and girl scout organisations across the world met in the USA for the 4th world conference. It was decided to create a day for the Guides and Girl Scouts to celebrate the international movement. The birth date of Lord Baden-Powell, founder of the scout and guide movement was chosen to mark this day. So since 1926, ‘Thinking Day’ was born.
Six years later at the 7th World Conference in Poland, a delegate from Belgium pointed out that birthdays involved gifts. So they asked if girls could show their appreciation to the international movement by giving some sort of a gift or maybe help in fundraising. Olave Baden- Powell wrote a letter addressing all Girl Guides and Girls Scouts to just give a penny as support to Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting around the world. The ‘World Thinking Day’ was thus born.
Since then the World Thinking Day is used as a way to know and support all the Girls Guiding and Scouting. It is to get to know girls from around the world and connect with a group from a different country.