This year’s theme is peacebuilding.
When it comes to making the world a better place, peacebuilding is as relevant today as it has ever been. World peace is something we can all support by learning, reflecting, and taking action that inspires positive change.
On February 22, 2021, over 10 million Girl Guides and Girl Scouts around the world will do their part to call for and create peace in our lives and in the world. And you can be a part of this global movement!
What Is World Thinking Day?
Celebrated since 1926, World Thinking Day is a day of international friendship. Girls speak out about issues that affect them with support from 10 million other Girl Guides and Girl Scouts in 150 countries.
It all started when girls met at Girl Scouts of the USA’s very own Camp Edith Macy (now Edith Macy Center) for the fourth World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts World Conference. The delegates agreed that there should be a special day every year when Girl Scouts and Girl Guides think of one another and celebrate global sisterhood. They decided to call it Thinking Day and chose February 22 to honor the birthdays of Girl Guide founders Lord and Lady Baden-Powell.
In 1999, at the 30th World Conference in Dublin, Ireland, delegates wanted to make sure the day reflected the Girl Scout Movement’s international nature, so they changed the name to World Thinking Day.
Every year since, World Thinking Day has called on Girl Scouts and Girl Guides to unite and take part in activities that change the world for the better.
How You (and Your Troop) Can Participate
Download the World Thinking Day 2021 Activity Pack and complete the activities to earn this year’s World Thinking Day Award. You only have to complete one activity in each step to earn the award, but don’t let that stop you—try as many as you like! (And don’t forget to purchase your World Thinking Day 2021 Award from the Girl Scout shop!)
Share what you’re doing to encourage your community to explore the issues and actions that can lead to conflict and those that lead to peace; understand the link between discrimination, exclusion, and peace; and take action to create a more welcoming and peaceful society. Then tell us all about it on social media using the hashtag #WorldThinkingDay. We’ll be sharing stories of Girl Scouts who are making the world a better place.
You can also donate to the Girl Scouts to honor and contribute to the diversity of our global sisterhood. The fund makes it possible for Girl Scouts and Girl Guides to take part in international travel and projects.
Join us, and let’s make the world a more peaceful place!