|Guiding Badges - The Trefoil, World GG Association Badge, |
Patrol Badges, and accomplishment badges
What are these values? It starts with our Guide Motto: "Be Prepared". Guiding teaches the skills for Guides to use in various situations. But the instincts - of looking ahead, thinking, planning for contingencies and preparing for success - is embedded in this simple motto.
Guides are also exhorted to "do a good deed every day". It teaches us to be proactive in looking out for and helping others, to be unselfish and to think of others besides ourselves.
Every Guide must know the Guide promise - the threefold promise - in order to get to wear the Trefoil (the three leafed badge). The promise goes:
"I promise to do my best,
to do my duty to God.
To serve my country, and help other people,
And to keep the Guide Law".
Indeed a challenge for each of us to live up to, every day.
Today is World Thinking Day. In my day, it was just "Thinking Day", but the word "World" was added in front to reflect the international movement of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts. Indeed a time for us to think about the international sisterhood and brotherhood we all share, Guides or not, and maybe also to think about whether we are living up to the values that Guiding sought to inspire in us.