Girlguiding Cambridgeshire East have marked one of the most significant dates in the global guiding calendar, World Thinking Day, with a selection of events over the 22-23 February.
Rainbows, Brownies, Guides and members of The Senior Section gathered at venues across the County for the annual event, which gives 10 million Girl Guides and Girl Scouts around the world the chance to find out about life for girls and young women in other countries, raise awareness of the issues that affect them and celebrate the diversity of guiding’s global membership.
This year’s World Thinking Day saw members of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) in 145 countries focus on raising awareness of the number of children and young people worldwide who do not have access to education.
Two coach loads of our members joined nearly 8,000 Girlguiding members from all over the UK at one of London’s most iconic landmarks for an extra-special World Thinking Day celebration. The girls, all aged 7 to 26, from March in the north of the County to Cambridge in the south traveled to Alexandra Palace for Celebrate – a huge action-packed day of daring activities, workshops, performances and games. The historic venue underwent a spectacular transformation for the girl-only event, organised to mark the annual day of friendship, advocacy and fundraising for 10 million Girl Guides and Girl Scouts worldwide. Activities included a roller disco, ten-pin bowling and workshops in photography, circus skills, fingerprinting and slimy science, alongside zorb racing, an inflatable assault course, bungee trampolining and games of human table football for thrill-seekers.
Melodi, aged 7, said it was a really fun day and she hadn’t realised there were Brownies all over England and the world.
County Commissioner, Jean Verney, said: “World Thinking Day is a really important occasion for members of Girlguiding. 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 on 22 February – the birthday of both Lord and Lady Baden-Powell.