Guides Celebrate 100th Birthday of Girl Scouting
Girl guides all over the world celebrated the 100th birthday of girl scouting on April 10. In Estonia, the occasion was commemorated with family day activities across the country.
By international agreement the anniversary is being celebrated throughout three consecutive years with festivities begun in April 2010. The theme of the first year's birthday was "Planting," followed by "Growing" in 2011, ending with"Sharing" in spring 2012.
Some girl guide units interpreted this year's theme by making preparations for planting a clover-shaped flower bed, which is an international symbol of guiding. Others brought their family and friends to their organization events to acquaint them with girl scout customs.
The girl guides movement began in England in 1910, when girls became intersted in the leisure time activities of boy scouts. Within a three-year period, girl scout groups started appearing all over the world. In 1920 the first association was founded in Estonia. By 2011, scouting and guiding together had attracted over 41 million members in 216 countries.
Estonian Guides Association is a nonprofit youth organization based on international principles by which skills and values necessary to life are taught through activities and games. By 2007, there were seven guide units in Estonia and Estonian representatives also in Canada and the US.