Ideas for Collecting for World Friendship Funds

This is from our Area Newsletter (no date):

The January 1975 Canadian Guider carried an article with ideas about how Guiders, Packs and Units collect pennies for the Canadian World Friendship
Fund. Here are some of those ideas:

  1. One Area Ranger Council held a "Box Social" and auctioned the boxes they had a qualified auctioneer help.
  2. Each Six or Patrol can collect pennies from different years perhaps as a competition.
  3. Another group charges 1 penny for each thing on each girl's uniform which is incorrect for the month of February.
  4. Another group fines adults and girls who are late for meetings for the month of February.
  5. An International potluck supper with dishes from other countries was held with Mothers invited. A charge of $0.05 per scoop was collected for Thinking Day.
  6. Another group makes a year round effort through the use of "International Dolls" made into banks. Use plastic soap bottles, etc. and dress in a native costume using scrap material, wool etc. Empty the bank once a month or in February.
  7. After Christmas the outline of the smallest Brownie was traced onto a large piece of paper. Pennies were glued to form the details of her uniform and to trace her outline.
  8. A hollow Brownie Toadstool was made of paper maché and filled with pennies.
  9. A map of the world was drawn and chains of pennies connected countries. (I have done this and it is a pain in the neck to get the money off to roll for the bank, but looks impressive.)
  10. Send something to a fellow Guider and ask them to make a donation to the WFF in lieu of paying you.
Contributed by:
Wendy Baker
Campbellford, Ontario, Canada

As a Brownie, I remember bringing in a penny for every inch of my waist measurement -- and being embarrassed that my mother rounded it up -- so I try to guide them away from those kinds of ideas.  One year they did it based on hair length, and last year I think it was based on height, but not before they went through some pretty silly patrol discussions!  One patrol's submitted suggestion was "Smell your feet and for every ew or yuck give 75 cents or a dollar"!  I had to laugh, but they were voted down in the circle meeting.  As you can see, we aren't trying to raise a lot here.  I try to emphasize to the girls and their parents that this is a gift from the girl, and should come from her allowance or chore money.  In most cases it still probably doesn't, but at least I said it!  We always collect it in our friendship circle at the end of our Thinking Day celebration.

This is the "short version" sheet I gave our patrols last year:

Juliette Low World Friendship Fund

The idea for a special day each year on which Girl Guides and Girl Scouts around the world think of each other with friendship started at the 4th International Conference (USA, 1926).  The date chosen was February 22, because it was the birthdays of both the Founder, Lord Baden-Powell, and the World Chief Guide, Lady Olave Baden-Powell.  At the 7th World Conference (Poland, 1932), a Belgian delegate suggested that all Girl Guides and Girl Scouts give "a penny for their thoughts."  The suggestion caught on quickly, and the Thinking Day Fund was started to help Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting wherever the need was greatest.  Here in the United States, we give to the Juliette Low World Friendship Fund, which is a living memorial to our founder.  Part of the money goes to the Thinking Day Fund, and part is used to send Girl Scouts to other countries and to bring Girl Guides to the United States. 
(adapted from Trefoil Around the World and The Answer Book) 

What will YOUR gift to the Juliette Low World Friendship Fund be?  It can be fun to take the "penny for your thoughts" idea and decide on an appropriate way to give.  Here are some suggestions to get you started, then talk it over in your patrol and write your favorite idea below. 

Give 50 cents or a dollar for every year you've been a Girl Scout. 

Measure your "hand of friendship" and give a quarter for each inch. 

Give a friendly "hug" - measure your arms stretched out and give a nickel for each inch. 

Contributed by:
Sharon Hickey
Junior Leader, Girl Scouts of Westchester-Putnam, New York

I like the idea of "a penny for your thought"!  Since I have a LOT of trouble keeping my girls focused during business meetings, this would be a terrific way to raise money for the JLWFF!  Each time they are called on to speak during the meeting, they must put a penny in the jar.  If they are out of pennies, they cannot speak (unless someone else pays for them).  We could have a meeting just filled with opinions, and a jar full of pennies!  At least it will all go to a good purpose!

Contributed by:
Linda St. George

Here is an idea that I did with my now Cadettes as Brownies.  Each year in January we made collection jars out of baby food jars.  We sent the jars home for 2-3 weeks before our Thinking Day Celebration.  The girls were to do good deeds (something beyond the norm).  Every time they did a good deed a penny was put into the jar.  We would have a discussion on things they could do to help - examples:  fold clothes, help mom with dinner, watch younger sibling or help with homework.  I cannot remember a year when the troop didn't at least deposit $10 or more.  Not to mention how much the parents looked forward to January and early February!

Contributed by:
Cindy Carnicom
Cadette and Brownie Leader, SU Treasurer, SU Fall Product and Cookie Manager, Recruiter and more, USA.

My favourite as a Brownie was to fill a map with pennies. We would draw a map of the outline of a country we were studying for Thinking Day and fill it with pennies (which we polished so till they sparkled). Sometimes we would have a small map each, other times a large one the whole unit used to do.

Another one we used to do is fill a smartie tube with pennies (smarties are types of sweets/candies similar to M&M's) .

Contributed by:
Jane Yeadon
Brownie Guider, London, UK.

This year (2000) to encourage the girls to remember loose change for CWFF, the Canadian World Friendship Fund, I photocopied a large Trefoil, and put one in each Patrol can with a film canister with their patrol name on it. Each Patrol put the change in the film canister for me to count later. For each dollar collected, they received a sticker of the World Logo to put on the Trefoil in their can.

Our Guide Company has raised an average of $7.10 for each girl and we still have 4 months to go! The girls look forward to getting stickers to put on the Trefoil!

Contributed by:
Teresa Jansen
Guider; British Columbia; Canada.

Do you have any other ideas for collecting for the World Friendship Funds? Contact The GuideZone Team with your comments or suggestions!

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