Annaly Area of North Longford, Longford and Ardagh Guides and Brownies came together last Thursday to mark World Thinking Day which has been celebrated by Girl Guides and Girl Scouts worldwide since
Members of North Longford, Longford and Ardagh Brownies, Guides and Senior Branch joined with 10 million Girl Guides in 150 countries to celebrate the impact of Guiding on their communities.
County Longford is a stronghold of Irish Girl Guides with 277 youth members participating in weekly meetings.
The girls have been celebrating the #IMPACT of Guiding to mark World Thinking Day, (Thursday, February 22).
World Thinking Day has been celebrated by Girl Guides and Girl Scouts worldwide since 1926.
It is an opportunity for girls to appreciate the international friendships they find in Guiding, to raise money to help grow and share Guiding with more girls and young women delivering life-changing opportunities for girls in underprivileged communities in developing countries around the world and join together to take action on global issues.
Funds raised this World Thinking Day will help raise money for new Guiding projects, for the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts’ Stop the Violence campaign and for grants for girls and young women to attend leadership development projects.
Another aspect of the Thinking Day meeting was a review of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals with girls considering how they can IMPACT on any one of the 17 SDGs.
Involvement in Guiding has a positive impact on girls, helping them grow in confidence, independence and maturity as they develop essential life-skills.
It also affords them opportunities nationally and internationally, with girls from Longford travelling abroad to represent Irish Girl Guides at conferences and events.
Carmel Keenan, Annaly Area Commissioner said, “Everything we do in Girl Guiding has an impact on our lives and the lives of the people around us.
“By taking part in relevant, exciting and fun activities, our members experience positive change within themselves.
“As they develop different skills such as communication, collaboration, creativity, commitment and citizenship, they get motivated to make a positive change in the community and wider world. Hence, Girl Guiding impacts individually and collectively.”
Irish Girl Guides has approximately 12,000 members.
Guiding started in Ireland in 1911 and operates throughout the 26 counties with 1,800 volunteer leaders providing an informal educational programme of fun and challenging activities that foster confidence and leadership skills in girls and young women, enabling them to develop to their full potential and to become responsible citizens.
Girls can choose to earn a wide range of badges, including Community Action, Cultural Diversity, Disability Awareness, Drug Awareness, Online Surfer, Science Investigator and Global Traveller.
Irish Girl Guides welcomes new members from age 5+ and volunteer Leaders from age 18+, girls aged 15-25 can undertake their Gaisce Awards through our programme.
To find out more, see www.irishgirlguides.ie, find us on Facebook or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact Carmel on 086 393 9513 to see how you can get involved.