World Thinking Day is a day of friendship, advocacy and fundraising for 10 million Girl Guides and Girl Scouts around the world.
On 22 February each year, Girl Guides and Girl Scouts around the world celebrate World Thinking Day by:
- Learning about their international sisters in designated focus countries for the year.
- Doing fun and educational activities based around an advocacy theme for the year.
- Fundraising for the World Thinking Day Fund.
- Earning the World Thinking Day badge.
Girl Guides and Girl Scouts have been celebrating World Thinking Day since 1926.
How does your troop or group celebrate Thinking Day? Every year the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts chooses specific countries to represent each of the geographic regions of WAGGS. The 2013 countries are Ireland, Malawi, Venezuela.,
How does your uniform compare to the uniforms in Pakistan?
What about Malawi?
One of my first memories of being a Girl Scout was as a Brownie at our celebration on Thinking Day. The mother of my good friend Thao was at our party. This was unusual because Thao’s mother rarely came to anything. You see Thao was from Vietnam. As a child I did not know what that meant, all I knew was that Thao did not look like the rest of us and that when her mother was there, she spoke in words I did not understand.
Now here she was sitting in front of us as our leader was arranging us in a circle. It turned out that the words I did not understand were actually spoken in the language of another country! As a girl from a small town this was quite intriguing to me. Thao’s mother smiled at us and in halting English began to tell us stories from when she was a girl in Vietnam. I remember the fascination my entire troop had that day as our leader helped Mrs. Nguyen with her stories of what she wore, what she ate, where she lived and especially what she did for fun. We had so many questions for her!
I don’t know where Thao and her mother are today. I feel quite sure that had it not been for World Thinking Day it would have been some time before this small town girl learned that it is a large and fascinating world out there.