This weekend is Thinking Day, when scouts and guides all over the world think about each other, and the worldwide scouting movement. It is also the mutual birthday, February 22nd, of Lord and Lady Baden-Powell, the founders of Boy Scouting and Girl Guiding. Yes, they had the same birthday!
As a young girl, I was a Girl Scout and have many happy memories of Thinking Day activities. One year, as an adult Girl Scout leader, our family stayed at Pax Lodge in London and attended the Thinking Day ceremonies at Westminster Abbey. You can read all about that trip at my Thinking Day blog post from 2011 at this link: http://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2011/02/february-22-thinking-day.html
As both a Girl Scout and as an adult leader I collected badges. Some were official badges earned toward ranks in scouting. Some were just for fun from activities, camporees, and swaps As a girl I earned the "First Class", which is the equivalent to today's Girl Scout Gold Award or Boy Scout's Eagle Scout rank. Below I'll post the photos of my old badges and my daughter's badges, which I have saved in my hope chest.
My sash from Cadette Girl Scout Troop 920 in Holden, Massachusetts
As an adult leader I collected unofficial badges through swaps
or gifts from the girls in the troop. I sewed them onto this
shirt to wear to meetings and camporees.
My daughter earned many, many badges and pins as a Girl Scout.
She swapped many international badges while at Pax Lodge and at Girl Scout camp.
These fun badges, not earned, were sewn onto the back of her vest.
You can see some from Australia, England, Italy, and Japan.
She earned so many badges that these from her last year of scouting
didn't fit on her vest. We've saved them in my hope chest along with her vest.
These are leftover badges I never sewed onto my shirt, but had saved for swaps.
Does anyone want to swap some badges!
As a Cadette Girl Scout in Massachusetts I had a pen pal who was a
Girl Guide in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. She sent me lots of swaps and badges,
and I've still saved them after all these years.
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