Celebrate World Thinking Day 2021

We may be apart, but World Thinking Day brings us together - here's how our countries and regions are celebrating

20 January 2021

Every year on 22 February, as part of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS), Girlguiding members join 10 million Guides and Girl Scouts around the world to celebrate World Thinking Day.

Although units can’t be together in person to mark this year’s World Thinking Day, we can still stand together, sharing in activities and events and joining with Guides and Girl Scouts across the globe.

This year’s theme is Stand Strong, Stand up and Stand Together for peacebuilding. On World Thinking Day, and in the days before, members across the countries and regions will be marking the day with different activities.

We’ve compiled all that’s happening in every country and region so it’s easy for you to find out what’s going on and get involved. And don’t forget to share what you’re doing on social media using the hashtag #WTD2021


Members in Anglia can join an interactive Facebook session on 24 January to introduce the region’s 50th birthday challenge. The theme international explorer will include World Thinking Day activity ideas. And on World Thinking Day, you're invited to share your guiding lights on social media.

British Guiding Overseas

BGO units will be able to meet each other virtually or exchange messages to celebrate World Thinking Day.

To take part, units are asked to register by 23 January. You'll then be put in touch with other leaders from two or three units before 5 February, so you can arranage a your joint meeting and plan activities.

You can register your interest with this form.


The Festival of LaSER is taking place virtually on 20 February with an exciting programme of activities. Head over to Girlguiding LaSER’s YouTube channel on the day to get involved.


Smile is the theme of Girlguiding Midlands’ virtual World Thinking Day event on 20-21 February. International-inspired activities for all girls, leaders and Trefoil Guild members will include:

  • Sleeping somewhere different or in the style of another country
  • Making music or a craft on an international theme
  • Imagine you are... join a session to be transported somewhere different
  • Learn something new about a country or a world centre
  • Experience international culture - learn a dance or try some new food
  • And finally, remembering our promise, do a good turn to make someone smile

A promise renewal is also happening on World Thinking Day.

North East England

The Postcards from North East England event will celebrate World Thinking Day and 50 years of the region. The virtual event from 19-21 February will be packed full of activities and international themed sessions. Places are limited so book now to secure your place.

North West England

A virtual time capsule event will mark World Thinking Day and Girlguiding North West England’s 50th birthday.

Units and members are invited to get creative and send their submissions for the time capsule by 14 February. This can be a picture, video, email, or something else to show the fun of guiding to those opening the time capsule in 50 years. As an extra challenge, units are being encouraged to create their own time capsules. For more information, check out Girlguiding North West England’s website.


Girlguiding Scotland will be running a fun digital World Thinking Day event for all sections, adult members and members of the Trefoil Guild on 21 February. The event will take place on Facebook and there will be activities throughout the day. More details will be available on Girlguiding Scotland’s website.

South West England

For WTD@Home, girls and volunteers can experience an international trip from their own home during a virtual sleepover from 20-21 February.

The event, for all sections, will check in with the five WAGGGS World Centres. Activities will include cooking local food, playing traditional games, building models of famous landmarks and quizzes. 

The weekend will start at 10am on Saturday 20 February. Activities will run until 8pm when the day will be rounded off with an international campfire and stories. Sunday starts with a renewal of the promise at sunrise and concludes at 11am with a closing ceremony.

Leaders can register their units or members can join in individually.


In Ulster you can join in World Thinking Day and international themed activities on the new virtual hub. The activities will be available soon and for anyone to do at any time.


The virtual World Thinking Day event Travelling Together is set for 20 February where you're invited to explore the world centres. There'll also be the chance for everyone to renew their promise. The day will wrap up with a virtual campfire and stories. Activities will be available on the day on Facebook and YouTube. To find out more visit Girlguiding Wales.

Get involved

Share what you’re doing on social media using the hashtag #WTD2021

Thank you

On this World Thinking Day we would like to thank players of People’s Postcode Lottery for supporting Girlguiding’s work across the country and helping girls make the world a better place.