At the end of October it was announced that Guiding Mosaic 2016 would be held at Camp Woods in Sylvan Lake, Alberta. As a member living in Edmonton, I was excited that this accessible location would mean a lower cost. What most excited me though was that I would get to go back to Camp Woods for another large event like Mosaic.
This summer Scouts Canada had their Canadian Jamboree 2013 (CJ13) at Camp Woods. I was able to attend as an Offer of Service (OOS for short). It was a great event and fun was had by all participants and OOS’. On the Wednesday of the Jamboree my OOS coordinator informed me that because I was one of very few Girl Guides acting as an OOS, they needed my assistance in touring five Guiders around the next afternoon. I was thrilled to find out the next day that they were part of the committee planning Guiding Mosaic 2016 and were considering Camp Woods as a potential location. I spent the day with these ladies as the camp director of CJ’13 gave them the grand tour of the site. It was one of the most fun assignments I had over the week.
Although I don’t know what Girl Guides has planned for Guiding Mosaic 2016, I can assure you it is a great piece of land. You get a feel for all parts of Alberta: from the flat farm fields just outside the camp gates, to the tall trees that fill the camp, and the lake where all the water activities will take place. I thoroughly enjoyed my time there with the Scouts and I cannot wait to go back there with Girl Guides.
By guest blogger Megan Lamothe. Megan is a third-year Ranger in the 64th Edmonton Rangers and received her Chief Commissioners Gold Award. She loves volunteering at camps and traveling, and went on an international trip to Kenya this past summer. Don’t forget to read her previous posts for GirlGuidesCANBlog: My Summer of Guiding, and The Outsider Girl Guider.