Hundreds of girls and young women from Girlguiding Lancashire South East have marked one of the most significant dates in the global Guiding calendar – World Thinking Day – with an international themed celebration.
Rainbows, Brownies, Guides, members of The Senior Section and their leaders gathered on 22nd February at the Oasis Academy in Oldham, for the ‘Around the World… in an Afternoon’ event.
Thinking Day is celebrated globally by 10 million Guides and Girl Scouts in 145 countries, and the diversity of guiding’s global membership was certainly celebrated at this event – with a whole host of international activities including craft sessions making Japanese fans, Dutch windmills, Venetian and Maori Masks, Tribal necklaces, Chinese lanterns, as well as Scottish, African and French dancing, pilates and bootcamp fitness sessions, a traditional campfire, and much more!
Savannah Relf, 5, from 41st Rochdale Rainbows said: “This has been the best day EVER!”
Isabel Ainsworth, 7, from 12th Ramsbottom Brownies said: “I’ve had a fun day. The best thing was dancing and see how many other girls were Brownies too!”
Ellice Hanlon, 10, from 32nd Rochdale Guides said: “World Thinking Day was great fun – it was interesting thinking about Guides in other countries and what they are doing too. My favourite activity was the pilates.”
Jordan Fishburn, 14 from Heywood Senior Section said: “It’s been great fun celebrating with everyone from all over the County. We’ve laughed so much and made some happy memories!”
Michelle Wood, Brownie Leader and one of the event organisers said: “World Thinking Day is a really important occasion for Girlguiding members. It’s a wonderful chance for us to reflect on the fact that we’re part of something huge that gives millions of girls, young women and adults a space to be themselves, have fun and make a positive difference, no matter where they come from.”
World Thinking Day takes place each year on 22 February – the birthday of both Lord and Lady Baden-Powell, the founders of Guiding and Scouting.