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 College of Canada. This February 15 marks the 50th anniversary of our flag. As we prepare to commemorate Flag Day, we’re opening the vaults of the Girl Guides of Canada archives to celebrate Guiding’s proud traditions with the Canadian flag.

B.C. Browines fly a Canadian flag in 1967. This photo appeared on our 2010 100th anniversary cookie box. (APH 100)

B.C. Brownies fly a Canadian flag in 1967. This photo appeared on our 2010 100th anniversary cookie box.       (APH 100)

 

The cover of the March 1965 issue of Canadian Guider introduced the new Canadian flag.  Members were given tips on displaying the flag, marching and hoisting the new Canadian flag, as well as ideas for respectfully retiring the existing Union Jack.

The cover of the March 1965 issue of Canadian Guider introduced the new Canadian flag. Members were given tips on displaying the flag, marching and hoisting the new Canadian flag, as well as ideas for respectfully retiring the existing Union Jack.

 

Since its introduction in 1965 the Canadian flag has been proudly raised by Girl Guides both at home and away.

Flag raising ceremony at the 1977 International Camp in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.  (APH 1271)

Flag raising ceremony at the 1977 International Camp in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. (APH 1271)

The Canadian flag flies onboard as girls explore the Sea of Cortez during a 2014 nationally-sponsored trip to Mexico. (Candice Lys)

The Canadian flag flies onboard as girls explore the Sea of Cortez during a 2014 nationally sponsored trip to Mexico. (Candice Lys)

Girl Guides of Canada has a rich history of including the flag and Canadian citizenship in programming, events and celebrations.

Canadian Heritage has put together some great information and simple suggestions for how to celebrate this special occasion.  Don’t forget that integrating these types of activities also helps girls complete core programming components!

  • Sparks: The World Around Me Keeper
  • Brownies: Key to My Community
  • Guides: Heritage Interest Badge
  • Pathfinders: Citizenship Certificate
  • Rangers: Community Connections #13
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