World Thinking Day 22 February

10th February 2012 at 00:00

On World Thinking Day, Girl Guides and Girl Scouts reaffirm their commitment to international friendship. The theme this year is "We can save our planet". The five focus countries are Guyana, Japan, Ivory Coast, Russia and Tunisia. Visit for activity packs.


In 1909, a Boy Scout rally was held in London and Scout movement founder Robert Baden-Powell was taken aback when a number of girls attended. He decided they should have their own movement and chose the name Girl Guides after the famous corps of guides in India.


Famous former Girl Scouts include actor Carrie Fisher and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The Queen, model Kate Moss (pictured), actor Emma Thompson and MP Glenda Jackson were all Girl Guides. Use a resource from Mattiek to help children develop outdoor skills and a spirit of adventure.


In 1911, Girl Guides wore a dark blue blouse with pockets on the breast, a long dark blue skirt and a felt wide-brimmed hat and blue tie - very different from the uniform introduced in 2000, which includes a T-shirt, fleece vest, a rugby shirt and sweatshirt. And the girls can now opt for trousers. See a resource from HannahinCanada for a discussion on uniforms.


The trefoil, used on the world badge, is the unifying symbol of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts. The golden trefoil on a bright blue background represents the sun shining over children of the world; the three leaves represent the threefold promise; the base of the stalk represents the flame of the love of humanity; the vein pointing upwards through the centre of the trefoil represents the compass needle pointing the way; and the two stars stand for the promise and law. Today there are dozens of badges to be earned.

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