Each year, World Thinking Day is celebrated by Girlguiding members and Girl Scouts across the world on 22nd February. It is a day of international friendship and solidarity, which also marks the joint birthdays of Scouting founder Robert Baden-Powell and his wife Olave Baden-Powell, who was World Chief Guide.

Girlguiding groups from Oldham West Division, ranging from Rainbows to The Senior Section, gathered at St Margaret’s Church to celebrate World Thinking Day as one. The theme of this year’s World Thinking Day was ‘Let’s Grow’ encouraging girls at all levels of guiding, from local groups to global guiding communities, invite more girls and young women around the world to experience what it means to be part of the Guiding Movement.

Sections from the Division joined to think about guiding around the world, singing songs and using readings to celebrate. The focal point of the event was the renewal of Girlguiding promises; each section took time to retake their promise together and light a candle for other guiding members.

Poppy, 6, from 43rd Oldham Rainbows said ‘I really enjoy Rainbows, every week we do something different. I really liked our sleepover, eating pancakes and playing games!’

Caitlin, 6, also from 43rd Oldham Rainbows said ‘Thinking Day is really good. We get to see what other Rainbows are doing all around the world. We also got to give food to those in need, guiding is full of sharing and kindness.’

Alongside this, guiding members also brought offerings for Oldham Foodbank which were collected together. Once received, Oldham Foodbank confirmed that a total of 80kgs of food was collected, which equates to 100 meals for any in need.

Girlguiding gives girls and young women a space where they can be themselves, have fun, build brilliant friendships, gain valuable life skills and make a positive difference to their lives and their communities. If you want to get involved, visit www.girlguiding.org.uk.

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