February 22nd is an important day for all Scouts Canada’s members. Our founder Lord Baden-Powell was born on this day and each year we honour him by wearing our uniforms. This year, Pink Shirt Day is the same day as Baden-Powell’s birthday — February 22! To show our support for Pink Shirt Day, and BP’s birthday, were asking all of our members, staff, family and friends to wear a Pink shirt with their Scouting neckers!
Pink Shirt Day is an initiative that was started in Nova Scotia by two young and incredible high school students. Upon seeing a new Grade 9 student bullied for wearing a pink shirt to school, they protested against this harassment by wearing and distributing pink t-shirts to all of the boys in their school. This campaign quickly turned into a nationwide movement.
‘I learned that two people can come up with an idea, run with it, and it can do wonders,’ stated Travis Price (founder of Pink Shirt Day), while speaking with the Globe and Mail.
Bullying is a major problem that often occurs in schools, extracurricular activities and over the internet. In protest, Scouts Canada would like you to practice kindness and acceptance. To help prevent bullying you can head to social media to show your support! Take a selfie in your pink shirts and neckers at your Baden-Powell celebrations and use the downloadable poster with the hashtag #PinkShirtDay. You can share your selfie on Instagram, Facebook, SnapChat and Twitter using the two official hashtags of the campaign: #PinkShirtDay and #PinkitForward — join the worldwide campaign to end bullying.
To learn more about this important initiative visit, pinkshirtday.ca.
Will you join the conversation on February 22nd, 2017?Pink Shirt Day Poster