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Founders' Day/World Thinking Day is celebrated on February 22, the birthday of Robert Baden-Powell, (born in 1857), the founder of Scouting, and coincidentally also of his wife Olave Baden-Powell (born in 1889).

We all remember the Scout & Guide Spirit Flame back in 2007. The Flame that was enlightened on February 22th at the grave of Robert and Olave Baden-Powell in Nyeri, Kenya, by ISGF, was brought through nine countries to the World Scout Jamboree in the UK in 2007. 

Many National Scout and Guide Fellowships (NSGFs) and also some National Scout and Guide organizations got excellent media coverage and that resulted in raising the total memberships. Especially in Kenya and Ethiopia the Scout & Guide Spirit Flame was a breakthrough in the interest in Scouting/Guiding.

From Kenya Scout Association as well as from Kenya Girl Guide Association the reports are telling about a positive situation: The associations do not have enough trained leaders to match the numbers of children who want to be Guides or Scouts so they have established waiting-lists! Furthermore there has been an interest from adults to become members of ISGF. In September 2010 seven adults decided to start Nyeri Scout and Guide Fellowship and together with the 27 individual Central Branch members in Kenya they will work on being a recognized NSGF.

 

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Ethiopia Scout Association (ESA) decided back in 2007 that the route of the Scout & Guide Spirit Flame should be as long as possible in Ethiopia and they succeeded in having the Flame out in 90% of the country. With all that focus on Scouting the number of boys and girls in ESA has raised with 7.000! So Scouting is now represented in all 9 regions within Ethiopia.

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# National President NSGF MalaysiaTajinder Sohanpal 2011-03-08 07:23
More than 40 members and friends of BP scout Guild Kuala Lumpur celebrated Founders Day on the 5th March 2011 at the Royal Selangor Club located in the center of the city. One of the aims was also to introduce the guild to new young members and this was quite successful. The celebrations were as just after the guilds 32 Annual General Meeting. We had guild members from Meleka who are trying to restart their guild there.
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# Belle Journee de la Pensée 2011 à tous de laFranceMartine Levy 2011-02-25 08:53
Présidente du Comité mondial de l\'AISG en février 2007, j\'étais accompagnée au Kenya par Rigmor et Mario, tous deux membres du Comité mondial, et nous avons eu l\'immense joie et l\'insigne honneur d\'allumer la Flamme de l\'Esprit Scout et Guide à Nyeri le 22 février. Nous avons eu l\'occasion de rencontrer la Branche centrale du Kenya et de présenter plus à fond l\'AISG, et lors de mon passage en Ethiopie, j\'ai pu expliquer l\'AISG à tous les anciens Scouts et Guides rencontrés.Dans chacun des pays, c\'était un travail préliminaire. L\'équipe Afrique du Comité mondial 2005-2008 et celle de celui élu à Vienne en 2008 ont gardé les contacts et ont poursuivi le travail.Je ne peux que me réjouir de constater que les efforts ininterrompus ont porté leurs fruits et je suis très heureuse que le Kenya et l\'Ethiopie soient sur le point d\'entrer dans la grande famille des Amitiés Nationales Scoutes et Guides. J\'adresse mes plus vives félicitations à l\'Ethioie et au Kenya mais aussi au Comité mondial. Enfin, j\'attends avec impatience la Conférence mndiale de septembre 2001 pour retouver ces amis et les accueillir au sein de l\'AISG.
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# National President NSGF CyprusPhotis Mammides 2011-02-22 17:01
To all brothers and sisters in Scouting and Guiding, my thought is with you.
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# Chairman NSGF CuracaoVerna Lopez 2011-02-22 07:08
Dear Brothers and Sisters,Today we not only celebrate the birthday of Lord and Lady Baden Powell, but we are also celebrating the international day of friendships in a global community. We of Copernicia (Former Scouts and Guides of Curacao) feel blessed having you as our brothers and sisters. The Board of Copernicia wishes all our members and friends all over the world a blessed and friendly day. Make someone happy today and feel special
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# International Secretary NSGF PortugalAna Rodrigues 2011-02-22 07:07
Dear friends, The Associação de Associação de Antigas Guias sharing with friends from around the world the Centenary of Guiding, wish everyone a Happy Thinking Day

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# Greetings from National President NSGF New ZealandMary Crane 2011-02-22 07:07
I wish to send all of you Thinking Day and Founders Day Greetings. I hope that you all have a great day and that the memories of past camps, events, trainings and people come to mind.
With Guiding and Scouting thoughts and memories,
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# Chairman World Committee 1996-1999Miles Kinchin - UK 2011-02-21 15:16
As many will know my wife, Ann, died last October so I send this Thinking Day message in her memory. We had so many happpy times in UK Scout Fellowship and IFOFSAG/ISGF that I just wanted to thank you. And of course to wish you all many happy days Scouting and Guiding in 2011.
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# Scouts de corazón, Montevideo, UruguayLuis DAndrea 2011-02-21 15:14
Queridos hermanos Scouts,Quiero en este día memorable, no solo recordar y conmemorar un aniversario mas del nacimiento de nuestro guía natural,sino reafirmar lo que nos ha enseñado en el cumplimiento cotidiano de la Ley y Promesa Scout. “Gracias B-P por todo lo que significa ser Scout,enseñado por ti con tu ejemplo singular”. Convoco a todos que en este día usemos algún distintivo quesea visible para decir con orgullo que somos “Scouts de corazón”.
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