Brownies and Guides in Henley joined together to celebrate Thinking Day on Wednesday this week. Thinking Day is the birthday of founders of Scouts and Guides; Lord and Lady Baden Powell on their birthday each year, 22 February. It is a day when both Guides and Scouts celebrate and think of other members all around the world.
This year 1st and 3rd Henley Brownies and 1st Henley Guides got together and took up the the World Association of Girl Guiding and Girl Scouts ‘Grow’ Challenge which was themed around growing a tree with different activities for each part. The ‘Grow’ challenge was devised to encourage and invite more girls and young women around the world to experience what it means to be part of the Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting Movement.
The girls enjoyed planting seeds, a treasure hunt to find leaves, fun games which are played by guests visiting the Girl Guiding centre in Switzerland, Our Chalet which included building a flood shelter, a balancing challenge and teamwork elephant game. Each girl then created her own hand print leaf, writing on it what they would like to see in the world before adding it to the large painted tree.
Traditional shiny pennies were brought in by the girls to donate to the World Thinking Day fund which this year will help members grow in new countries such as Algeria, Albania, Ethiopia, Laos, Mozambique and Tajikistan.
Jess Bishop, Henley District Commissioner said, “It was really great to celebrate altogether on the actual day this year. The girls were put into mixed Brownie and Guide groups and it was lovely to see them all working and enjoying the activities together. I was delighted to be able to present them with a special Thinking Day badge too at the end of the evening.”