world thinking day message 2017

from the State Commissioner and her Deputy


On behalf of Girl Guides NSW & ACT, Larissa and I would like to wish you a Happy World Thinking Day! 

On February 22 every year, on the joint birthdays of our founders Lord and Lady Baden Powell, Girl Guides and Girl Scouts from 146 countries around the world celebrate World Thinking Day. Each year the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) sets a theme, In 2017 the theme is grow.

A day of local and international friendship, World Thinking Day has been celebrated since 1926. Girl Guides and Girl Scouts globally, mark World Thinking Day by speaking out on issues that affect girls and young women, and celebrating traditions old and new.

Donating to the World Thinking Day Fund has been a tradition since 1932. Every cent we collect goes directly to the World Thinking Day Fund, which helps fund WAGGGS activities. The fund is used where the need is greatest in our global Movement.

Another great tradition is to wear your uniform to work and school. On this page, there are letter templates for you to download to request permission for Guides to wear their uniform to school and to tell people a bit more about what World Thinking Day is.

In 2017, WAGGGS would like to grow the World Thinking Day celebrations, and invite more girls and young women around the world to experience what it means to be part of the Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting Movement.

The World Thinking Day Challenge set by WAGGGS for 2017  is a journey of growth, supporting Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting groups as we introduce our Movement to new members.

Another way to celebrate is by planting a tree! Celebrate World Thinking Day and mark the beginning of a new friendship when you plant a tree, and share a photo with others by posting on social media and using the hashtag #LetsGrow.

For the first time ever, one of the activities a Guide needs to complete in order to finish the World Thinking Day challenge and earn the badge is an activity that a Guide herself creates! Encourage your Guides to complete WAGGGS’ online form and share their activity ideas.

This year WAGGGS has also developed a World Thinking Day communications pack with everything you need to promote World Thinking Day and help us grow our movement.

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Sarah Neill
State Commissioner
Girl Guides NSW & ACT