England seems to be a natural choice for World Thinking Day celebrations, and not just because we share a common language. The roots of Girl Scouting – the Boy Scouts – began in the United Kingdom, and one of four (soon to be five) WAGGGS World Girl Guiding Centers, Pax Lodge, is in London. Each year, World Thinking Day is celebrated at Pax Lodge, with one of its highlights being a ceremony at Westminster Abbey.
Girl Guiding UK is made up of four age levels:
- Rainbows (ages 5-7 years)
- Brownies (ages 7-10 years)
- Guides (ages 10-14 years)
- Senior Section (ages 14-26 years)
You can be an adult leader from the age of 18 and a member of the Trefoil Guild too.
You can download an unofficial guide to Girl Guiding in the United Kingdom in this e-book on Amazon. Geared for the “Senior section,” topics in this book include badges, camping and history of the Girl Guiding movement in England.
Famous former Guides include children’s author J.K. Rowling; Helen Sharman, the first British woman in space; and Queen Elizabeth II, who I learned was quite the active Girl Guide as princess of England! (Check out How the Girl Guides Won the War to find some interesting ancedotes about her.)
Some books to get you started on your Thinking Day journey through England – because sometimes there’s nothing better than flipping through books.
Order Not For Parents London: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know (Lonely Planet Not for Parents London).
Order Cultural Traditions in the United Kingdom (Cultural Traditions in My World).
Order A Visit to United Kingdom.
A couple of English games you can play:
- Pass the parcel
- George and the Dragon Game
Choose one person to be George and one to be the Dragon. All the other players stand with linked arms in groups of three. George has to chase and capture the Dragon, but the dragon can hide by linking arms with ones of the groups. This makes the player at the other end of the chain the dragon. If George captures the dragon, then the roles are reversed and the game continues.
A couple of British recipes you can try with your girls:
- Liquorice Allsort (from the Pax Lodge website) Get directions.
- Coronation Chicken recipe
Fish and chips swap:
I love these swaps about the Queen’s guard:
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