Robert Baden Powell (founder of Guiding and Scouting) and Olave, his wife, shared their birthday. He was born on 22nd February 1857 and she made her appearance on 22nd February 1889. In 1926 the Girl Guides and Girl Scouts of the world decided they's like to share that special day too and so Thinking Day was born. Each year on 22nd February Girl Guides and Girl Scouts are encouraged to think about their fellow guides and scouts throughout the world.
When I was a little girl we used to join up with about twelve Brownie Packs for an evening of activities reminding us of Brownies throughout the world. There was always a parade of world uniforms, always decorated biscuits to eat and there was always a collection of Thinking Day Pennies. These pennies had to be polished for the occasion and they were laid out on the floor in the form of a Guide trefoil badge. Later all our pennies would be gathered up and sent to Brownies overseas to help with the development of guiding and scouting.
Today I shall be meeting up with fellow members of the Trefoil Guild and together we will have a bring-and-share lunch and there will again be a collection but I think that most of us will give rather more than a penny!
So, greetings to everyone who has ever been involved in Guiding and Scouting, wherever in the world you may be!