Centenary Celebrations of World Guiding
100 years of changing lives
Guides of the world celebrated the centenary of their movement from year 2010 to 2012. The centenary theme girls worldwide say “100 years of changing lives” was announced at the 33rd World Conference in South Africa.
Centenary Celebration Day
To add to the fun and activities a Celebration Day took place on 10 April from 2010 to 2012. It’s the 100th day of the year and members are encouraged to address the Celebration Day elements (party, good deed, 100 and international) in their celebrations.
The Centenary Celebration Days had the following themes for each year of celebration:
WAGGGS announced a theme for each year. The theme for the year 2010 was Plant; the 2011 was Grow and the 2012 was Share. On April 10th, 2010 Guides celebrated the seeds of change which are being planted through global action theme projects. In 2011, they celebrated the growth of their Global Action projects, and in 2012 they shared their achievements with community, other non-governmental organizations, the media and fellow Guides.
Why three years?
In 1910 the first Girl Guide groups were started in the UK by Robert and Agnes Baden-Powell. By 1912, Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting had been introduced in many countries around the world. We will celebrate the birth of our Movement over three years – from 2010 to 2012.
Many countries founded Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting between 1910 and 1912:
Founded in 1910: Canada, Denmark, Finland, New Zealand, Poland, South Africa, Sweden, United Kingdom
Founded in 1911: Australia, Bangladesh (then part of India), India, Ireland, Netherlands, Pakistan (then part of India)
Founded in 1912: Cyprus, Italy, Norway, United States of America, Zimbabwe