Did you know that 22nd February is a special day for all Girl Guides and Scouts across the world?

It is known either as Thinking Day (Guides) or Founder’s Day (Scouts). 

There are over 41 Million Scouts and Guides across the world in 210 countries. That is a great many young people all working towards a common goal.

Every year on 22nd February, Scouts and Guides take some time to commemorate the history of their organisations and thank the volunteers who make it possible.

Why volunteer?

Volunteering is a fantastic way to make your mark on a cause that you care about, and to learn new things along the way. There really is a volunteering opportunity for everyone; whether sport or music is your thing, if you want to travel far and wide or help out closer to home, there will be an opportunity that’s just right for you.

In addition, volunteering teaches you useful new skills – things like communication, teamwork and decision-making – which will help make you stand out from the crowd when it comes to getting a job or an apprenticeship.

And you do not have to wait until you are an adult; both the Scouts and Guides have young leaders’ schemes that you can start when you are 14, and many schools and other youth groups offer the Duke of Edinburgh Award.

And remember, once schools and youth groups reopen there will be lots of opportunities to help out supporting younger students or running clubs.  

Why not check out how you can volunteer and help build up your skills?

The following national and local organisations might help provide you with some ideas:

The Duke of edinburgh's award

Achieving an award will give you skills, confidence and an edge over others when you apply for college, university or a job.

do it

Find the perfect volunteering opportunity just for you, from over 10,000 opportunities nationwide!


Spark somerset

Spark run the volunteer service in Somerset and can help you to find your ideal volunteering opportunity.

young bristol

Young Bristol is a youth-driven charity that works to offer a choice of opportunities and experiences for all young people.


Voscur aim to support, develop and represent Bristol’s Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector.