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It's All About Doing Some Thinking on This Very Special Day

02/21/2013 05:03 pm 17:03:10 | Updated Apr 23, 2013

Today is a special day on the Girl Scout calendar. It's World Thinking Day, and while it's not a holiday and it isn't as well known as, say, Valentine's Day, those of us in Girl Scouting know all about World Thinking Day. One of the great things about being in an organization like Girl Scouts is that it's a worldwide network. You can go just about anywhere in the world and find Girl Scouts (or Girl Guides as they are known in many countries) and immediately there's a connection -- a bond.

So World Thinking Day is like a big shout out. It's the one day that American Girl Scouts and tens of millions of their sisters around the world think about each other and the special bond they share by being part of the Girl Scouting Movement.

World Thinking Day has been around a long time, since 1926, when it was established at the fourth Girl Guide/Girl Scout International Conference held at Girl Scouts of the USA's Camp Edith Macy (now called Edith Macy Conference Center) in Briarcliff, New York. The delegates chose February 22 as the date because it was the mutual birthday of Lord Baden-Powell, founder of the Boy Scouts, and his wife, Olave, who served as World Chief Guide.

Many people don't know but American Girl Scouts get to travel the world and that's a very good thing, as the more we can expose our young people to other cultures, the better off we'll be in this increasingly globalized environment. We even have "twinning" projects in which Girl Scout councils partner with Girl Guide organizations around the world. Twinning is just one example of how Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting are truly something "for all the girls of the world."

So Happy World Thinking Day! ¡Feliz Día Mundial del Pensamiento! Bonne Journée Mondiale de la Pensée!