The story of scouting is one of the great success stories in history. Starting in 1908, this adventure in friendship with a spiritual and educational foundation that is based on good will and service rapidly spread around the world.
Sir Robert Baden-Powell began the Boy Scout movement in London, England. A year after its founding 11,000 Boy Scouts attended a Scout rally in 1909 and many of their sisters showed up at the rally too. Agnes Baden-Powell, sister of Lord Baden-Powell became the first Girl Guide Commissioner in 1910.
Lord Badden Powell met Olave St. Clair Salome who also had a passion for young people, travel, the outdoors and music. After the two were married Lady Olave Badden-Powell embraced the scouting movement. She worked to develop Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting as a worldwide movement. She became the first “World Chief Guide”. She traveled all over the world and even visited Kentucky’s Wilderness Road Council attending a World Friendship Day Celebration at UK’s Memorial Coliseum in 1966.
February 22 is the birthday of both Lord and Lady Badden Powell. This date has been celebrated as Thinking Day, when Girl Guides and Girl Scouts all over the world think of each other and of what Guiding and Scouting mean. Thoughts are translated into action by participating in international activities and contributing money to assist Girl Guide and Girl Scout organizations around the world.
Our founder, Juliette Gordon Low was a close friend of the Badden-Powells and very much believed in international friendship. To honor Juliette’s love of traveling, experiencing new cultures and making new friends, GSUSA created the Juliette Low World Friendship Fund. The purpose of the fund is to extend Girl Scouting and Girl Guiding to girls around the world as well as support international friendship through service projects and training events.
Girl Scouts have the opportunity to earn the World Thinking Day award. Each year there are new activities to complete to earn the patch and each year’s patch is different.
The theme for World Thinking Day 2014 is girls worldwide say
"Education opens doors for all girls and boys." It is especially focused on making sure girls get an education.Join other Girl Scouts in the USA by celebrating Thinking Day and contributing to the Juliette Low World Friendship Fund.