World Thinking Day, celebrated annually on February 22, is dedicated to promoting international friendship and awareness among the youth. The day is recognised by the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) and the Boy Scouts International Federation (BSIF) as a time to reflect on the importance of the scouting movement and its impact on the world.
‘Our World, Our Peaceful Future’, the theme for World Thinking Day 2023.
The history of the World Thinking Day dates back to 1926 when it was first established as a way to honour the birthday of Lord Robert Baden-Powell, the founder of the scouting movement. The day was originally called the ‘Thinking Day’ and was meant to be a time for scouts around the world to pause and reflect on the meaning of their promise and the global nature of their movement.
In 1932, the day was officially named ‘World Thinking Day’ and the focus of the celebration was expanded to include not just scouts, but all young people who wanted to participate. Since then, the day has been celebrated annually with a different theme each year.