Our Theme of the Week is World Thinking Day, which falls on Thursday 22nd February. World Thinking Day is a day of international friendship. It is a day for 10 million Girl Guides and Girl Scouts around the world to think of each other, to speak out on issues that affect young women and to raise money. World Thinking Day is a movement of the Word Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, the only movement in the world for each and every girl.
In 1926, Girl Guide and Girl Scout delegates from around the globe met in the USA for the 4th World Conference. Among other decisions, they agreed that there should be a special annual day when Girl Guides and Girl Scouts around the world think of each other and express their thanks and appreciation for the international Movement. This was called Thinking Day. The delegates chose 22 February as the date for Thinking Day because it was the birthday of both Lord Baden-Powell, founder of the Boy Scout Movement, and Olave Baden-Powell, who was World Chief Guide.
Six years later in 1932, the 7th World Conference was taking place in Bucze, Poland, when a Belgian delegate pointed out that a birthday usually involves gifts and so girls could show their appreciation on Thinking Day by offering gifts to our international Movement by fundraising or making a donation.
Olave Baden-Powell wrote a letter to all Girl Guides and Girl Scouts later that year to tell them about this idea and to ask them to spare a penny to help support Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting around the world.
Much later in 1999, at the 30th World Conference in Dublin, Ireland, delegates from around the world decided to change the name of the day from Thinking Day to World Thinking Day, to better emphasize the international aspects of the day.
The fundraising aspect of World Thinking Day continues to be an important funding mechanism for WAGGGS (World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts) today.