A letter from the world chief guide
A february 22nd Penny to the “World Captain”
1st november, 1934
Dear Guides and girls scouts,
This is a most exiting letter to write as it is the first time that I have ever written to my whole family of Guides and Girls Scouts all over the world, and as I write I am trying to picture in my mind where this letter will get to, how it will be read – in wich language I mean – by whom, and where !
But wherever it is I hope that all of you who read it will take it as being written to each of you personnally, as it contains a little idea which I want you to think about, if you will, all to yourself.
You Guides have heard from your Captain, now and again I expect, something about this wonderful sisterhood of ours which was invented by the Chief Scout about twenty-one years ago, soon after he had started the Scout Movement for boys.
The idea of playing the game of Guiding and Girl Scouting has been taken up by a million girls in many different parts of the world, and now there are girls like you in over thirty seven countries all doing the same sort of thing, wearing much the same uniform and badges, and living up to the same Law and Promise that you made when you first joined.
It is nice, isn’t it, to feel that such a gigantic family, tied together like a bunch of strong twigs of the great strong tree; and what do you think ties us together ? Interest in each other’s doings -yes; love for our fellow-players in the great game - yes. But there is an actual string that holds us together in the shape of a group, of older Guiders called the “World comitee” made up of Girl and Girl Scout Leaders from different countries.
Just as your captain or leader helps you and your company or troop to do Guiding or Girl Scouting and to have all the advantages and fun of it all, so these nine members of the World Committee are all helping this vast company of over a million girls scattered over the whole world.
Now a car does not run without a good supply of petrol and your company or troop does not run without having a little food and drink in the shape of “company funds” - just as you body requires food ans drink to keep it well alive.
Well, this World committee - or shall we call it your “Word Captain” - is at this moment feeling rather hungry and thirsty for a little support in her work of helping to encourage and direct the groth of her huge company.
So I have a suggestion to make you all; Quite soon-on february 22nd - we come to a day that has been named “Thinking Day” for us Guides and Girls Scouts.
It happends to be the birthday of the Chief Scout and myself, and on that day we turn our thoughts specially to the Guides of other lands, whom have never seen, but for whom we have a real affection as sisters in a great adventure.
Does thinking with us not usually lead to action, and wouldn’t it be nice if this year we could perhaps give some thing - as well as our thoughts- to help develop the world friendship which is growing slowly each year and which we hope to see growing larger and larger all the time. Could we not each on Thinking Day send a tiny gift to our World Captain to help her with her work ?
There are a million of us. I am not good at arithmetic and I will not make any calculations which may not come true. But a penny, or two cents, or four annas, or enough centimes or groshen or Heller or Filler or ore to make the same value, is not an immense amount, especially when it is perhaps saved or earned and given with a willing hand.
What a great help we should give the world’s Company Funds if -as I belive may happen- every Guide and Girl Scout will want to share in this Thinking Day offering this year. Then we should have to call it “Thanking Day” instead !
A Guider in Belgium thought of this idea and gave it to me to hand on to you. So I am talking to you as a Guide to a Guide, or a Girl Scout to a Girl Scout, and if you feel that you can spare just a tiny personal offering for your sister Guides and Girl Scouts of other lands, then give you penny, or your cents or centimes, straight away to your Captain or Leader and ask her to send it to the World Captain.
The thanks for the gift will not be sent in words at all but the amounts received will be shown in the World Captain’s quarterly magazine “The Council Fire” and the reward to you for your generosity will be that, in your heart, you will know that you have done a good turn and celebrated “Thinking Day” in the best Guide and Girl Scout way, by helping to give out Game to children who have not yet had the chance of enjoying it as we have.
Olave Baden Powell