World Thinking Day


On 22 February each year, Guiding members and Girl Scouts across the world think of each other and of their commitment to international friendship and understanding. This is World Thinking Day.

The theme for World Thinking Day 2017 was #LetsGrow - a chance for us to invite more girls and young women into our incredible worldwide movement.

Ways to get involved

Here are some ways that you can explore the themes and history of World Thinking Day all year round. 

  • Download the WAGGGS activity pack - bursting with ideas for how you can explore the idea of growth in your meetings – through treasure-hunting, dancing and film-making.
  • Learn the history - did you know World Thinking Day began over 90 years ago? Find out the rich history of this important event.
  • Get fundraising - from providing training to advocates on girls' rights, to supporting educational programmes on health and well-being, the WAGGGS World Thinking Day fund enables girls and young women across the world to reach their fullest potential. Find out more. 

A message from our Chief Guide and International Commissioner

We’re so excited to share this day with over half a million girls and volunteers across the UK, thousands of you in our branches and overseas groups, and our 10 million guiding sisters across the world. Both of us have a passion for the international opportunities open to members of our amazing organisation, and we’re committed to growing this and unlocking them for even more girls in future.

Whatever you’re doing to celebrate, have a great World Thinking Day. Look out for announcements about our big 2018 plans on email and social media later in the year. We’ve loved looking back at the special moments that we – and girls from all over the UK - have experienced in some of the 146 countries where Guiding and Scouting exists.

Valerie Le Vaillant, Chief Guide, and Charlotte Makanga, International Commissioner

Global celebrations

On 22 February 2017, our members took part in a wave of celebrations across the world - sharing memories of international adventures and lifelong friendships, and taking part in activities to mark this key date in the guiding calendar.

Here's what we got up to.