Girl Guides – New Brunswick Council is hosting an all branches provincial camp this summer called Bridging Friends Forever (BFF). Some people go to the beach or visit Paris on vacation … but lots of fantastic women (a lot of you, I expect) volunteer time and talent to pitch in at a summer camp as Guiders. If you’ve got the time or inclination, there are lots of different ways to help out at a camp near you – even for a day or two. It is so worth it.
I got hooked on Girl Guide camps two years ago when I went to the Nova Scotia Heritage 2011 Camp as a volunteer staffer. Everything was new to me, but familiar too, because it was a Guiding event. I was blown away by how much fun it was. I left thinking “I have to do that again” and I’m now looking forward to helping out at BFF (I booked my flights to NB last week – so exciting!).
I realize that volunteering at a summer camp isn’t for everyone, but there is a way you can help without leaving home.
The BFF Team is planning a Guinness World Record Attempt. They are going to try to make the World’s Largest Chain of Bracelets (their goal is 8,000) and Guiders and Girls across NB, PEI and Canada are working hard to make that happen. At last count, they had around 3,000 bracelets.
The instructions are simple… make friendship bracelets! Lots of them! There are so many different patterns on the internet (here’s a good tutorial).
But follow these rules from the Guinness World Record people:
- For the purposes of the record, a bracelet is defined as an “article of jewelry that is worn around the wrist.”
- The items in the chain must be of a size to be worn around the wrist only (no necklaces, ankle bracelets, etc.).
- DON’T link the bracelets together before you send them in! The BFF team has to link them together during the actual record attempt at camp. (Thanks to BFF Program Director, Faith Cormier, for the updated text!)
Mail them so that they arrive in New Brunswick before August 7, 2013
BFF 2103 Bracelets
c/o Girl Guides of Canada – NB Council
55 Rothesay Ave
Saint John, NB
E2J 2B2 (Canada)
When they’re done, bracelets will be donated to the WAGGGS Friendship Bracelet Project. Happy braiding!
By Cara Hicks – Community Guider, Brown Owl and Blogger. This was originally posted to Cara Hick’s blog Brownie Meeting Ideas. Read previous posts written by Cara on GirlGuidesCANBlog: Simple Flag Ceremonies, Junior Leaders: How to Make the Best Use of Their Generosity?, What I Would Tell a New Guider, Online Resources: Guiding in the Cloud, and Getting Started: What to do About Badges, and Key to Brownies: Getting to know you with a Beaded Bracelet