Our spring cookie season is ramping up, a tasty tradition that started in 1927 when girls in Regina sold cookies to raise money for their uniforms and camping equipment. Many visitors to our archives are drawn to the vintage cookie boxes that remind them of their time as girl members. The most powerful of these images seem to be uniforms, program books and cookie boxes. We hope you enjoy seeing these historical cookie boxes from our collection.
A cookie box from 1960 when we celebrated the 50th anniversary of Guiding in Canada.
Cookie box from 1967.
A 1968 box, when the hat was still a part of the uniform and prior to Canada
switching to metric in 1970.
Our 1985 75th anniversary box. This image was also used for
a special-edition 75th anniversary cookie tin.
A box from 1991 showing some of experiences a girl could have in Guiding.
From 1998, one of the earliest boxes for chocolaty mint cookies.
The classic cookie box from our 100th anniversary in 2010.
See some of the previous posts in our Opening the Vaults series from our national archives: Cookie selling; 1920s and 1930s Campfires and Cookbooks; Warning! Cute Animal Alert!; Our Chief Commissioners; The Maple Leaf Forever.
I remember the 67 and 68 cookie boxes and of course the uniforms I wore the guide uniform and wore a one piece dress with a brown folded tie that was folded and knotted and then tied behind the neck and under the collar and the pixie pin went on the tie. Then remember the boxes in 91 when my daughter sold them as a brownie and now I have 2 granddaughters one finished her 2 years in Sparks and starts Brownies in Sept and her sister starts Sparks in Sept. So we are a 3rd generation of Guiding. Also I was a Brownie leader and Asst Dist Commissioner for Guides and a Beaver, Cub and Asst Dist Commissioner for Scouting and my daughter was a Spark and Brownie leader. So we are happy to be a part of Guiding. Also my granddaughter learned through role play in Sparks about conflict resolution and used these skills in her grade 1 classroom to diffuse many situations were a girl was acting out with her classmates and she stepped up and found a solution to everyone. Her teacher commented this to me at the end of the year. Son is a single Dad and has been raising these girls with my help for the past 5 years. So guiding has had a positive effect on my granddaughter.