Happy Birthday, Lady Baden-Powell!

Girl Scouts and Girl Guides in 146 countries celebrate February 22 as World Thinking Day. They learn about their counterparts in other countries and study one theme worldwide. For 2018, the theme is “Impact.”

Impact World Thinking Day square 2018Thinking Day was established in 1926 as part of the Fifth World Conference held at Camp Edith Macy in New York state.


Macy VIPs

The Baden-Powells and Juliette Low at the Fifth World Conference




The date was chosen because it was the birthday of Robert Baden-Powell, the founder of Boy Scouts, and his wife, Olave Baden-Powell, the world chief guide. (Different years, though; they were born 32 years apart!)

I recently learned that between 1930 and 1970, Lady Baden-Powell flew 487,777 miles across the globe. That’s a pretty impressive feat, and I’d definitely like some of those frequent flyer miles!

These trips included the opening ceremonies for Our Chalet, Our Cabana, and Sangam, as well as to Washington DC for the 50th anniversary of Girl Scouting celebration in 1962.


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This Thinking Day greeting card, from 1968, seems particularly appropriate for this enthusiastic ambassador of Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting.


1968 WTD Card

Thinking Day card from 1968 (Girl Guide History Tidbits)


Happy Birthday to Lady (and Lord) Baden-Powell!

©2018 Ann Robertson

2 thoughts on “Happy Birthday, Lady Baden-Powell!

  1. I have pictures of her visit to Camp Andree Clark (across the road from Edith Macy), probably on 1965 or 1966. She shook each of our hands. I don’t know if I can post a photo for you on this site.

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