Centenary 2010-2012

Join our centenary celebrations 2010 to 2012!

In 1909 several girls demanded a place for girls at the Crystal Palace Boy Scout Rally. These girls were, in fact, the very first advocates for the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts - speaking out and challenging the norms and gender conventions of the time. This was the start of the Guiding Movement.

For 100 years, approximately 250 million Girl Guides and Girl Scouts have been changing lives and building a better world through leadership development, community action, service to others, peer education and advocacy.

To honour our history and to build for the future, the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts will celebrate the centenary of the international Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting movement over three years, from 2010 to 2012.

As part of the centenary celebrations, WAGGGS has launched its Centenary Appeal - The Global Girls Fund. This will provide girls and young women around the world opportunities to grow and to contribute to the a better world.

You can keep up to date with all the latest centenary news and information on the WAGGGS’ website centenary section.

ant-001.jpgWhy a three year celebration?

We will be celebrating 100 years of changing lives over a three-year period to incorporate many of our Member Organizations and their own centenary celebrations.

1910 saw the first Girl Guide groups 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

Centenary Celebration Days: 10 April, 100th day of the year

Every year on 10 April, the 100th day of the year, we invite our members to celebrate with us! Activities will focus on the theme for the year, Plant (2010), Grow (2011) and Share (2012), and they will include the four elements: Good deed, International, 100 and Party.

The 'Plant' activity pack is available with suggested activities and ways to celebrate. Let us know what you are doing to celebrate by emailing centenary@wagggsworld.org or adding your activity to the WAGGGS’ website.

Young Women’s World Forums

The World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts will celebrate 100 years of changing lives with a series of unique events. For the first time ever young women from around the world will participate in a Young Women’s World Forum, one taking place each year of the centenary celebrations. The first Young Women’s World Forum 2010 takes place in the United Kingdom from 19 to 24 October 2010.

The Young Women’s World Forum 2011 will take place at the World Centres and will be open to 20 to 30 year old young women from WAGGGS’ Member Organizations. The second phase deadline for applications has been extended to 19 November 2010, so send in your registration forms to make sure you don’t miss out on this great opportunity to celebrate the centenary and develop international friendships!

During the Girl Scouts Centenary in 2012, the USA will host the final Young Women’s World Forum.

Centenary merchandise

An exciting range of centenary merchandise is available through the WAGGGS’ online shop, including t-shirts, pins and badges. More items will be added regularly.