As part of our World Thinking Day celebrations, we ran a competition for all units to join in the fun, and win an international-themed party!
As a group, the girls had to write about guiding on a global scale, and explore what it means for them to be part of an international organisation. We selected four fantastic units for their superb answers, and each won all of the essential party items for their World Thinking Day celebrations.
Each year on the 22nd February, we celebrate World Thinking Day along with the other thousands of Girlguiding members and Girl Scouts across the world. It is a day of international friendship and solidarity, which also marks the joint birthdays of Scouting founder Robert Baden-Powell and his wife Olave Baden-Powell, who was the World Chief Guide.
4th Heywood St Luke’s Brownies
4th Heywood St Luke’s Brownies kicked off our World Thinking Day celebrations with their American-themed party. The girls were joined by two very special guests, Bekky Ashmore, Assistant Region Chief Commissioner and Nicola Grinstead, the chair of WAGGGS. The girls had a great time, eating American sweets and taking selfies in their American-style photobooth.
Eve, one of the Brownies, said: “I had a super time at the World Thinking Day party, I had fun doing the Rock n’ Roll cheerleading, but my favourite part was the sweeties!”
2nd Rainford Rainbows
Next to celebrate was 2nd Rainford Rainbows who were joined by Julie Bell, Region Chief Commissioner for their Australian themed party. The girls tried something new with their indoor surfing session, as well as enjoying some Australian cupcakes!
Sylive, aged 6, said: “I had lots of fun at the party. I am very proud to be in guiding as a Rainbow. It's the nicest thing ever.”
14th Southport Guides
Julie then joined 14th Southport Guides for their World Thinking Day party – which had an Icelandic twist! The girls had fun on their ‘Frozen’ bouncy castle, as well as dipping their toes into their very own Blue Lagoon (paddling) Pools.
Molly, 11, a member of 14th Southport Guides said: “I had such a fun time at the World Thinking Day party. I’ve only just joined guides and I love it! My favourite thing about guides is the badges – I enjoy them as you get to choose exactly what you want to do.”
Mellor Hob Nob Rangers
Last but not least was Mellor Hob Nob Rangers, who celebrated World Thinking Day with an African-themed Jungle party. They went on their very own safari with Mel Price, Assistant Region Chief Commissioner, and had a terrific time with their elephant piñata and trying out some tribal print on tote bags.
Tessa, 15 said: “I had a great time at our World Thinking Day party. Being part of a Senior Section unit gives me so many opportunities and valuable life skills.”
Julie Bell, Region Chief Commissioner said: “I’ve had such a great time meeting our girls, young women, and volunteers to encourage them to think beyond their group, to the wider world of Girlguiding.”
The theme of this year’s World Thinking Day was ‘Let’s Grow’ encouraging girls at all levels of guiding, from local groups to global guiding communities, invite more girls and young women around the world to experience what it means to be part of the Guiding Movement.