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 to Ecuador and to Churchill, MB on the Arctic Adventure, and one of the Rangers in my unit travelled to Sea of Cortez in Mexico this summer.  We all had to start in the same place – with the trip application.

Photo by  Krista Fjordbotten

Photo by Krista Fjordbotten

When you first look at the application forms, they may seem a bit daunting.  These suggestions may make the process easier:

  • Start by writing a couple of quick points in response to each question, whatever comes to mind that seems relevant to the question.
  • Set the application aside for a day. Reread the question and the points you have, and try to come up with a bit more.
  • Ask your friends and family for their ideas.
  • Now you are ready to write complete answers.

Things to remember:

  • Start early!
  • Take your time and give the best answers you can.
  • Respect the word limits.

Your Guiding experience: 

  • Keep track of your camping trips. What has your unit done?  Have you attended District, Area, Provincial or National camps?  What were the dates for each?
  • Use a computer file or keep a notebook – start now!


  • Choose people who know you well and can express themselves clearly. Be sure to select a Guider who has camped with you.
  • Read the reference form before you ask your references; think about who can give specific examples to support why you are an excellent candidate for this trip.

 “Trip Interest” question:

  • This is your chance to explain why this particular trip would be perfect for you, and to showcase what you bring to the experience.
  • Be honest, and don’t minimize your great qualities, skills or abilities.
  • The selection committee only has your application and references to go on, so let them see how truly awesome you are!

Remember that lots of people are available to help you. Your Guiders and District/Area International Advisers are great resources!

The trips are carefully planned, often in partnership with experienced companies or organizations. I am sure you will have a fantastic time – you will see wonderful places and build relationships with girls and adults from across Canada.  What an opportunity!  And all you need to do is apply!

By guest blogger Diane Fjordbotten of the 522nd Lethbridge Rangers. Diane has been involved with GGC for 20 years, first as a girl member and for the past eight years as a Guider.


Applications are now open for our 2015 travel opportunities!

  • North Vancouver Island
  • Ottawa/Montreal/Quebec City
  • Sangam World Centre
  • El Salvador
  • Sea of Cortez
  • Australian International Jamboree

Trip applications close November 9.

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