The Dominica Girl Guides Association observed Thinking Day 2019 under the theme ‘Leadership’.
Thinking Day is celebrated on the 22nd of February every year as it is the birth date of the founder of Scouts, Lord Robert Baden Powell and his wife Lady Olave Baden Powell.
The World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts selects an important international issue as the theme for each year’s World Thinking Day.
Girl Guides and Girl Scouts use these themes as an opportunity to study and appreciate other countries and cultures, and equally increase awareness and sensitivity on global concerns. Donations are collected for the Thinking Day Fund which supports projects to help Girl Guides and Scouts around the world.
This year the Girl Guide Association (GGA) hosted an event at the St Martin Primary School where the students were advised on: how they can become better leaders, advocacy against violence and abuse for girls, healthy choices, self-confidence, raising their voices and accepting challenges and standing in solidarity against cyber bullying. Also the GGA held a mass at the Fatima Cathedral in Newtown last Sunday in celebration of Thinking Day.
This year’s thinking has been dedicated to the founders of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts in 1909. The group of girls who founded the Girl Guide movement in 1909,did so by demanding Lord Baden-Powell create ‘something for the girls’because at that time there were boy scouts troop but no girl scouts.