Each year on 22nd February, Girl Guides and Girl Scouts all over the world celebrate World Thinking Day. It is a day to think about the meaning of Guiding and Scouting and about all your fellow Guides and Scouts around the world. Donations are collected for the World Thinking Day Fund which supports projects to help Guides and Scouts around the world. February 22nd was chosen as it is the joint birthday of Scouting Founder Lord Baden-Powell and his wife and World Chief Guide Olave Baden-Powell.
This page is specifically for people from other countries who plan to use Ireland as a theme for World Thinking Day. However, IGG Leaders will also find plenty of fun Irish-themed activities you can do with your Unit.
IGG currently has nearly 12,000 members across the 26 counties including 1800 volunteer Leaders. We are the largest voluntary organisation for girls and women in Ireland and we are also a member of WAGGGS (World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts) through the Council of Irish Guiding Associations.
The mission statement of IGG is ‘to enable girls and young women to develop to their fullest potential as responsible citizens of the world’ and this is done through a programme which teaches leadership and responsibility in the context of fun and friendship. Click here to learn more about IGG’s aims or IGG’s history.
There is a strong emphasis within the programme on the Outdoors and girls are encouraged to follow their own paths in terms of activities and badges that they would like to do. To learn more about the badges each age group can complete follow these links; Ladybird Badges, Brownie Badges, Guide Badges, Senior Branch Badges.
Click on the images below for a factsheet about the different Branches.
The international aspect of Guiding is very important and from a young age, girls are aware of being part of a large international organisation. When she becomes involved in Guiding, a girl quite literally gains 10 million friends. Each summer hundreds of Guides and their Leaders head off to camp all over Europe, the UK and further afield. These are organised by other Guiding associations and are a great opportunity for Guides and their Leaders to make life-long friends. For many members Guiding is a passport to see the world as there are lots of opportunities to visit and work at Guiding centres abroad.
Every year we get lots of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts world-wide who are looking for ideas on activities, games, crafts, songs, recipes, etc. to use with their groups around World Thinking Day.
Click on the images below to open up fun activity sheets full of Songs, Games, Crafts, Recipes and Irish language. We hope you learn a lot about Ireland and IGG by visiting these pages. If you would like to buy badges, programme books, uniforms or novelty items then you can visit our Guide Shop online or email our firstname.lastname@example.org and they would be happy to help you.
We also have a number of colouring templates that you can use if you’re looking for an easy activity to do with your girls.