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Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup – More than just a cleanup!

Bridging, having fun, exercising leadership, making a difference and making an impact are the outcomes of our neighbourhood units’ participation in the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup. In 2009, as part of the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup (Shoreline Cleanup) and Ottawa’s … Continue reading

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What’s next on your volunteering bucket list?

As you scroll through Guidepost, Twitter and Facebook, have you ever been intrigued by the national volunteer postings? If you’re like me, you might think to yourself, who can volunteer for a national position? Do you need many years of … Continue reading

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Engineering some excitement

“Hi I’m Rose and I’m a mechanical engineer, and my job is really cool!” That’s how I started every ‘Mission to Mars’ and ‘Don’t Wake Mom!’ workshop I facilitated this March for National Engineering Month 2015 – with the aim … Continue reading

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Opening the Vaults – Warning! Cute animal alert!

In honour of Archives Awareness Week we are once again opening the vaults to share some of our favorite pictures. Back in the day, the Guiding Law included “A Guide is a friend to animals.” In the same way that we … Continue reading

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Guide friends, Girl friends, Mom friends

Writing about friendship is tricky. The first time I took a crack at writing this blog post, I started writing about my daughter Karley’s transition through Brownies, with the end paragraph talking about how she made this new awesome best … Continue reading

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The votes are in: Alberta Girls’ Parliament for the win!

Alberta Girls’ Parliament (AGP) is an annual event for Girl Guides to flex their political muscles and develop their public speaking and debating skills – and have a lot of fun, too! The parliament is a hands-on way for girls … Continue reading

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It’s never too late

It’s never too late.  No matter what you want to do, aspire to be, or where you want to go.  It’s never too late to try something new. When my daughter was 10 and in her second year of Guides, … Continue reading

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Captivated by the Drum

The Ardrossan Alberta Sparks and Brownies had the amazing opportunity to participate in a group event that hosted one of Canada’s acclaimed speakers and First Nations grass dancers, Jason E. Skani. Growing up in what he calls “Cree Country” Alberta, … Continue reading

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Heritage and History Around Us

Sometimes you read through the badge requirements and find a badge that really “fits” your unit. This is what happened with my Guide unit when we worked on our Heritage badge. The Guide Heritage badge is generally about learning of … Continue reading

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Guiding the way to STEM

When I tell people that I am a Science Communication graduate student, I get many of the same questions as I get when I tell people that I am a Girl Guide leader: “What’s that?” “How is it relevant in … Continue reading

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Inviting Rangers to the conversation

In Quebec, one of our most anticipated Guiding events is the Guider Symposium in January. Adult members from all over Quebec gather in one place for a day of training, networking, and an all around great time. In the past, … Continue reading

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Girl Guides Make their Case

“All rise! Girl Guide Court of the Northwest Territories is now in session.” Those words opened one of the most unusual court sessions ever seen North of 60 — or maybe anywhere — as girls aged 9-11 were selected as … Continue reading

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Putting Words in Action into…Action!

Did you know there are Literary Agents to help Unit Guiders bring Words in Action to their unit? Of course, a Guider’s first step should be to review the Words in Action website for service and activity information. If you run into … Continue reading

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Going far with Guiding

30 Years of Girl Guide Scholarships GGC’s National Scholarship Program recently opened for 2015, and this year we are celebrating 30 fabulous years of awarding scholarships to our members. In 30 years GGC has proudly awarded GGC members 427 scholarships, … Continue reading

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Capturing Guiding in action

As the old saying goes, “a picture is worth a thousand words.” I take pictures of my girls so that one day they can look back at them and remember all the fun things that they did with their Guiding … Continue reading

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Opening the Vaults: World Thinking Day

As we approach World Thinking Day 2015 on February 22, this edition of our Opening the Vaults blog series shines a light on Canadian Guiding’s strong tradition of celebrating our global Guiding connections. Thinking Day (now World Thinking Day) was … Continue reading

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Girl Greatness Awards – Put Yourself Out There

This post first appeared on our blog on July 2, 2014. I’ve been in Girl Guides of Canada for about four years. So far, it’s been an amazing experience. This was my first time applying for a Girl Greatness Award. … Continue reading

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Girl Guide fun + chocolate = the perfect Valentine’s Day

The Quebec Chocolate Challenge! What’s more fun than making and eating chocolate? Sharing, of course! The 1st Valois Brownies created an event called “Chocolate Wonderland” to complete the Quebec Chocolate Challenge and in the spirit of sharing, invited the Valois Sparks in order … Continue reading

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Opening the vaults: The Maple Leaf Forever

On February 15, 1965, the maple leaf flag was first unfurled and raised across our country as our nation’s official flag. Designed by George Stanley, the beautiful red and white design  is based on the flag of the Royal Military … Continue reading

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What I learned as a girl, stays with me as a Guider

I Promise to share and be a friend. It’s the fundamental principle we teach our youngest girls, Sparks. The ability to share items, tasks and feelings with each other can be a scary thought for any member in Guiding no … Continue reading

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How one District’s Thinking Day event became a pretty big deal

Ten years ago I was a brand new, wide eyed Brown Owl of a group of 36 Brownies! I had been in Brownies as a girl myself but was new to the whole ‘leading’ thing.  I had no clue what … Continue reading

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Reading – a pastime, a passion, and a way to take action

Reading is one of my favourite things to do. I would probably say that I’m a bit of a fanatic about always having a hard-covered book to read. I have tried e-books (I commend everyone who can master that technology) … Continue reading

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Getting Dirty and Why it’s Important

Sure, we’re in the bone-cold middle of January, but who says you can’t daydream about spring and summer? Why not keep the winter blues away by working with your unit to plan a tree planting project for this spring or … Continue reading

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Gone (winter) camping!

  GirlGuidesCANBlog will be taking a bit of a break over the holidays. See you again in the New Year, with more great Guiding stories!

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The More We Get Together…

I recently had the opportunity to attend Ontario Council’s Guide Super Program weekend in Toronto in my capacity as National Program Adviser.  My purpose in attending the event was two-fold: to see how Guiders and trainers are working with the … Continue reading

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Wreaths Across Canada: Remembering our soldiers, and a dedicated Guider

Earlier this week, members of the 1st Dorothy Crocker and 1st West Ottawa Wanderers (WOW) Trefoil Guilds had the privilege of volunteering with Wreaths Across Canada. Ceremonies were simultaneously held at Ottawa’s National Military Cemetery at Beechwood Cemetery, Mount Pleasant Cemetery in St. John’s, … Continue reading

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Guiding Mosaic, here I come: Getting your group on

Travelling is exciting – travelling with Girl Guides is amazingly exciting.  Planning for Guiding Mosaic 2016 (GM2016, July 9-17, 2016) can seem daunting, exhausting and terrifying.  Don’t panic, take up the challenge and enjoy the experience. Enjoy the view and … Continue reading

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Friday Night Guiding!

When people find out I run a Guide unit on Friday nights, I often hear similar comments. “On a Friday? Really? Are you not tired at the end of the week”? Truth is, there are many advantages to running a … Continue reading

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Moving Oceans: Working together to stop violence against girls

Earlier this fall, Morgan Boyer, a Ranger with the 1st St. John’s Ranger unit in Waterford Valley, St. John’s, Newfoundland, attended the 2nd Annual Girls Speak Out summit in celebration of International Day of the Girl, at the United Nations … Continue reading

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Calming the Camp Nerves

We at Brownies know how stressful a first camp can be! Nerves and anxiety everywhere. To help, I’ve made a list of my top ways parents and Guiders can help to calm homesick and anxious campers. For Parents: Don’t transfer … Continue reading

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The Hair Petition

The World Centres are something you talk about in Guiding from a young age. You learn where they are, what they’re called, what kind of food they eat and what games they play in the countries where they are located. … Continue reading

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Opening the vaults: Embarrassing moments

Ever have one of those moments where you find your old journal or a box of letters you wrote? Yeah, it can be kind of embarrassing. So imagine Guider Sarah Govan-Sisk’s surprise when a letter she wrote almost 20 years … Continue reading

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We will remember them

Remembrance Day – November 11, 2014 My earliest memories of Guiding are going to my Sparks meetings in a little church hall, on the Canadian Forces Base in North Bay, Ontario. I was excited to continue a family tradition. My … Continue reading

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Remembering our Guiding Roots on Remembrance Day

Remembrance Day is not just an opportunity to talk about peace, or what soldiers did during the First and Second World Wars or Afghanistan – it can also be a great opportunity to introduce our girls to our Guiding roots. … Continue reading

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Get your Tech On

With over 10 years as a Girl Guide leader, it’s not surprising that some things have changed since I started.  Here are some of my tips for using technology as a Guider. Email is your friend – I’m a big … Continue reading

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A Feast Fit for Zombies

Learning all about outdoor cooking doesn’t have to be boring! Mix together some creepy zombies, yummy food, and fun – it’s a great opportunity to engage older girls and practice important skills. Last weekend, West Coast Area hosted our annual … Continue reading

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Cookie All Stars – More Than Just a Laptop

How a Brownie became a Pathfinder, and turned her cookie goals into a laptop for school… When I was in my first year of Brownies, the Cookie All Stars program was brand new. I was really excited about the rewards, … Continue reading

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Hanging with the Hong Kong Girl Guides

We arrived in Hong Kong after an 18-hour flight with our family, to a much warmer, much busier atmosphere then we are used to living in rural Ontario. Knowing we were missing the beginning of the Girl Guide year at … Continue reading

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Opening the Vaults: Cookie Selling

The tradition of selling Girl Guide cookies goes back to 1927 when a Girl Guide leader in Regina baked and packaged cookies for her girls to sell as a simple way to raise money for their uniforms and camping equipment. … Continue reading

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Making new best friends in Peru

Imagine meeting a whole group of Pathfinders and Rangers for the first time at an airport. In a few short hours you will be  travelling to Peru as part of Girl Guides of Canada’s Peru Adventure 2014. Up until now, … Continue reading

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We are all heroes

International Day of the Girl, October 11, 2014 Hero. Such a simple word that can mean so much. In comic books and Hollywood blockbusters, super heroes have extraordinary talents and superhuman powers that they dedicate to helping protect the world. … Continue reading

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A ditty bag by any other name…

Every Girl Guide knows a mesh bag is essential at camp to do dishes, but what do you call it? A mess kit? A ditty bag? A mess sack? Every unit uses different terminology but generally within the same region, … Continue reading

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Bringing the Sangam Spirit to your Unit: Ideas for a Sangam-themed Meeting

Drinking chai…  Learning to take a rickshaw to the market…  Sharing stories with Girl Guides and Girl Scouts from India, the UK, Australia and Brazil… I came home from my time as a Sangam World Centre volunteer last December with … Continue reading

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What I got from my trip to the Sea of Cortez

This summer, I was fortunate to be able to participate in the Girl Guides of Canada Sea of Cortez trip. The trip description promised an exciting week aboard a ship in the Sea of Cortez with a patrol of Mexican … Continue reading

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Ready for some adventure?

The applications and fact sheets for the Girl Guides of Canada 2015 travel opportunities are now online, and if you are eligible I hope you apply!  I recently returned from the Newfoundland and Labrador Adventure 2014, my daughter has travelled … Continue reading

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One girl – and the difference Guiding made for her

When GirlGuidesCANBlog received this email from Guider Jeannette Thompson, we just had to share it with you:  My daughter is a Guide, and she has written about her experience in Guiding. This was an assignment that was given to her by … Continue reading

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Learning to Lead

I’m a big believer in life-long learning.  I think it’s really important to look for ways to improve my skills and abilities, while also being a great example for both my own daughters, and for the girls in our unit.  … Continue reading

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Girls Count… It Makes ‘Cents’

Last spring Girl Guides of Canada together with TD Bank Group piloted a new financial literacy program, Girls Count. Stretching from coast to coast and from Sparks to Rangers, 35  units together with 53  TD employee volunteers presented the pilot … Continue reading

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How do I slice a cucumber?

“How do I slice a cucumber?” “I need ¼ teaspoon but all I have is a ½ teaspoon measuring spoon – what do I do?” “Can we just make a box of macaroni and cheese?” Three years ago, those were … Continue reading

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Why math rocks

In elementary school I wanted to be a teacher because it seemed fun to work with kids and help them the way my teachers helped me. When I got to high school I wanted to be a doctor because I … Continue reading

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