World Thinking Day: February 22
World Thinking Day, first created in 1926, offers
a special day for Girl Scouts and Girl Guides from around the world to
“think” of each other and give thanks and appreciation to their sister
Girl Scouts. February 22 is the mutual birthday of Lord Baden-Powell,
founder of the Boy Scout movement, and his wife, Olave, who served as
World Chief Guide.
Today, girls honor World Thinking Day by earning the World Thinking Day award,
which focuses on an annual theme selected by the World Association of
Girl Guides and Girl Scouts. They also show their appreciation and
friendship on World Thinking Day not only by extending warm wishes but
also by contributing to the Juliette Low World Friendship Fund, which helps offer Girl Guiding/Girl Scouting to more girls and young women worldwide.
Ceremonies play an important part in Girl Scouts and are used
not only to celebrate accomplishments, experience time-honored
traditions, and reinforce the values of the Girl Scout Promise and Law,
but also to encourage girls to take a short pause in their busy lives
and connect with their fellow Girl Scouts in fun and meaningful ways.
Many examples of ceremonies—for awards, meeting openings and closings,
and so on—are sewn right into the Journeys, including ideas for new
ceremonies girls can create.
Girls use ceremonies for all sorts of reasons. Here’s a brief
list, in alphabetical order, so that you can become familiar with the
most common Girl Scout ceremonies:
- Bridging ceremonies mark a girl’s move from one grade level of Girl Scouting to another, such as from Junior to Cadette. (Note that Fly-Up is a special bridging ceremony for Girl Scout Brownies who are bridging to Juniors.)
- Closing ceremonies finalize the meeting,
with expectations for the next. A closing ceremony may be as simple as a
hand squeeze while standing in a circle.
- Court of Awards is a time to recognize girls who have accomplished something spectacular during the Girl Scout year.
- Flag ceremonies can be part of any activity that honors the American flag.
- Girl Scout Bronze (or Silver or Gold) Award
ceremonies honor Girl Scout Juniors who have earned the Girl Scout
Bronze Award (Cadettes who have earned the Silver Award; Seniors or
Ambassadors who have earned the Gold Award), and are usually held for a
group and combined with council recognition.
- Girl Scouts’ Own is a girl-led program that
allows girls to explore their feelings and beliefs around a topic (such
as the importance of friendship or the personal meaning they get from
the Girl Scout Promise and Law) using the spoken word, favorite songs,
poetry, or other methods of expression. It is never a religious
- Investiture welcomes new members, girls or
adults, into the Girl Scout family for the first time. Girls receive
their Girl Scout, Brownie Girl Scout, or Daisy Girl Scout pin at this
- Opening ceremonies start troop meetings and can also begin other group meetings.
- Pinning ceremonies help celebrate when girls receive grade-level Girl Scout pins.
Rededication ceremonies are opportunities for girls
and adults to renew their commitment to the Girl Scout Promise and Law.
For more about ceremonies, visit www.girlscouts.org/program/gs_central/ceremonies.
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