Badge: Explore WAGGGS

WAGGGS_04URLThe World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) is the largest voluntary organization for girls and women worldwide.





WAGGGS stands for the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts. In the United States, we are known as Girl Scouts, but most of the world are Girl Guides. Learn about the history and mission of WAGGGS.

2. WAGGGS online.

The WAGGGS site is available in English, French and Spanish to help cover its international presence. The link above is the English version. Explore the site.

3. WAGGGS on YouTube.

On WAGGGS channel, you can find news, girls’ videos and more. Watch a few videos to see how the organization brands itself and learn its values.

4. Country members.

Not only are there 146 member countries, there are also countries with pending membership. Find out more about one of the member countries on the site, exploring it at the library or by connecting to girls in that country.

5. Opportunities.

Learn about international opportunities and events that you can participate in through WAGGGS. In addition, look into the leadership aspects of WAGGGS.

6. World Thinking Day.

WAGGGS has a special site for World Thinking Day. Explore the site to find out more about the holiday or look at the Enrichment Project badge program for this holiday.

7. Four world centers.

WAGGGS runs four world centers that provide programming and more. Explore one or more of the world centers. These centers are:

  • Pax Lodge in London
  • Our Cabaña in México
  • Our Chalet in Switzerland
  • Sangam in India

8. Global Action Theme (GAT).

This program allows girls to change the world together. This program started in 2008. It is based on the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals to end extreme poverty by 2015. This was broken into eight different steps.

  • MDG 1: Poverty and Hunger
  • MDG 2: Primary Education
  • MDG 3: Gender Equality
  • MDG 4: Child Mortality
  • MDG 5: Maternal Health
  • MDG 6: HIV and AIDS
  • MDG 7: Environment
  • MDG 8: Global Partnership

Check out the curriculum and try a few of the activities for this program.

9. WAGGGS badges.

Other than the GAT badge, you can also earn badges for Climate Change, Surf Smart, Games and AIDS badge. Look through the requirements of a WAGGGS badge. Find one you think you might want to work on with your girls.

10. Stop the violence.

Girls are speaking out against violence. Check out the issues, blogs, actions and resources available to encourage girls to be aware of what violence is and how it affects girls worldwide.

11. WAGGGS Advocacy.

WAGGGS not only encourages girls to advocate for change, but provides a toolkit to help girls identify and create their own advocacy projects. Download and review this free resource. Can you use this with girls? How can you empower them to change their world?



Supplements Available


SUPP_2009_About WAGGGS.pdf

  • Information about WAGGGS


  •  Word find with the countries that made up WAGGGS in 1928


  • Word find with the countries that made up WAGGGS in 2009

NOTE: Supplements listed above can be found with Girl Scout supplements.



Sites to Explore


See links in the steps above.


To download a PDF of this badge program, click here: EP_Explore WAGGGS

Badge: World Thinking Day

WTD_04URLWorld Thinking Day is an annual day of celebration for Girl Scouts and Girl Guides. Some boy-associated organizations also celebrate it. It takes place on February 22. Girls are encouraged to learn about other cultures, issues shared by women and global impact of the organization.





1. February 22.

The day celebrates the birthday of Robert Baden-Powell, the founder of both Scouting and Guiding. His wife, Olave, also shared his birthday. Though it is “World Thinking Day” for this badge program, it is also called “Founder’s Day” or “B.P. Day”. Learn about Lord Baden-Powell, his wife and their influence on the world through scouting.

2. History.

The idea of a day to celebrate internationally was first discussed in 1926 at the Fourth Girl Guide / Girl Scout International Conference. Explore how this discussion at the present day Edith Macy Conference Center started the holiday.

3. World Thinking Day Fund.

As part of the holiday, Lady Olave Baden-Powell asked girls to help donate to support the Scouting / Guiding movement. The monies collected help spread the program worldwide. Find more about the fund.

4. GAT themes.

Starting in 2008, the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS), started using themes to help bring issues such as empowerment, disease awareness and ending poverty / hunger. These Global Action Themes were based on United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals to end extreme poverty by 2015. Explore the materials online. Is this something that your troop would enjoy doing?

5. Traditions.

Here are a few traditions you might explore to celebrate this holiday:

  • Ceremonies
  • Campfires
  • Chat on “ScoutLink”
  • Pair with another troop and share activities
  • Send postcards and letters to other troops
  • Place a lit candle at dusk in the window
  • Explore WAGGGs through activities and games
  • Honor a country of your choice
  • Collect donations for the Fund


Currently, there are 146 countries that make up Girl Guides and Girl Scouts. This makes it the largest voluntary movement dedicated to girls and women in the world. Find out about the organization, volunteer opportunities and how it helps our girls to become more complete members of the world community.

7. Countries.

One way to celebrate World Thinking Day is to explore one or more of the 146 countries where fellow scouts also participate. If you go on Pinterest, you’ll find all sorts of ways people explore other countries. Some ways might include:

  • Geographical location on a map or globe
  • Natural things that make the country different (land-locked, mountainous, weather, etc.)
  • Political landscape
  • Economic policies including export and import of materials
  • Listen to stories from people in your community that used to live in the country
  • Explore customs and ideals of the country
  • Learn songs / dances
  • Holidays they celebrate and how
  • Crafts and / or art
  • Recipes and foods enjoyed there
  • Modes of dress (cultural and modern)
  • Popular games and sports
  • Museums or other historical buildings
  • Famous men and women of that country

8. Sharing.

As part of learning about the countries, you can also show others what you learned about your country. For many years, my service unit hosted an event for each troop to bring information from their country as well as tastes (small samples of food), crafts and even entertainment. Need some ideas? Here’s some things my troop has done or seen done by others.

  •  Ireland / Irish dancing presentation
  • Egypt / cartouche with girls writing names in heiroglyphics
  • Russia / troop displayed matryoshka dolls they painted
  • Kenya / wore clothing the people there would
  • Germany / played a game where layers were unwrapped until chocolate was found inside
  • England / served tea
  • Any / SWAPs

9. Booth.

Creating a booth is more than having an activity, sharing food or exchanging SWAPs. A booth allows you to share what you learned so others can get a glimpse of your country. Your booth can include:

  • Plastic tablecloth — makes clean-up easier at the end of the event
  • Display board or poster with information
  • Country’s flag
  • Examples of crafts traditionally made — whether or not you intend others to make them
  • Attire that might be worn or displayed from your country — traditional or modern
  • Uniforms Girl Scouts / Girl Guides wear in that country
  • Props from the country including money / coins, souvenirs, postcards, postage stamps, newspapers, masks, jewelry, etc.
  • Food samples — request an area with electricity if you want to keep food hot
  • Drink samples — often overlooked
  • Plates, cups, napkins, plastic silverware or other items to distribute your tastes
  • Games you can play
  • Stamp / ink for passport
  • Container to collect money for tastes, etc.
  • Garbage bags and wet wipes to clean your area
  • Water for those working the booth
  • Camera for pictures of your girls at the event

10. Experience it.

Find other troops, areas or service units which have hosted a World Thinking Day event. This might be images online or visit in-person. See what others have done and take notes about the things you like.

11. Do it.

You can start small with only your troop or do this as a large event for multiple troops. Get help setting it up, brainstorm with others and make this event a reality!



Sites to Explore


To download a PDF of this badge program, click here: EP_World Thinking Day

Grab ‘N’ Go: Word SWAP

Word SWAPPick a word that means something to you. Now, let’s make a SWAP to represent you!



  • Scissors


  • Cording
  • Glue
  • Letter beads
  • Mini pony beads



Select beads – Pick the beads you need to spell your word. Then four to six mini pony beads.

Cut cording – Cut a piece of cording 6″ long.

String beads – Lay your beads out like you’re going to string them. Start with 2-3 mini pony beads, then your word and last 2-3 mini pony beads. When you’re happy with the layout, put them on the cording.

Finish – Knot the ends together so you create a circle. Add a bit of glue to keep the knot secure. Add a safety pin.


To download a PDF of this Grab ‘N’ Go sheet, click here: GnG_WordSWAP_lrl
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Our Vanishing Camps

Realignment took the number of Girl Scout councils from over 300 to a bit over 100. The idea was to provide better programming for the girls and consolidate the resources / volunteers. We understood we’d be in for longer drive times and larger events. What we were unprepared for was the loss of many things we held dear. One of these is the loss of our camps.

Councils ended up with many camps after realignment. The cost of maintaining multiple camps is high, or so we’ve been told.

Some camps are within a short distance of one another. In my current council, two were within a few miles of each other. So, one was sold.

Some camps are too far from the main council office and they don’t want to deal with them. This camp was shut down with no one allowed on the property. Tents didn’t come down in the winter. Hot water heaters froze. It was left to be destroyed by the weather.

Camping is one of the things Girl Scouts are known for and our camps are vanishing.

The hardest part is the emotional attachment. Camp feels like home after you’ve been at day camp every summer. Your feet know all the paths. You recognize the buildings, trees and waterways. You are part your camp. And it’s a part of you.

While we can’t seem to stop the trend of camps being sold, we can celebrate our camps. We can enjoy and share them.

So, for this week, our badge programs focus on one of our most treasured possession — our camps.

Explore My Camp goes beyond visiting. Learn the stories and history as well.

Share My Camp helps you discover ways to share your information and stories with others.

Even if your camp is gone, you can keep it alive in the your heart and the hearts of others.


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