Category Archives: Global Guiding

How a Girl Guide trip helped me find my #globalgirlsquad

Travelling as a teenager to another country can definitely be a little bit scary – but also super exciting and amazing at the same time. This summer, I was part of a Girl Guide trip to Ireland and it’s no … Continue reading

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Lost and found in translation

I recently went on a two-week long B.C. Girl Guide trip to Peru. We toured over a dozen towns in Southern Peru as well coastal cities such as Lima and Paracas. We hiked Machu Picchu, explored the floating islands on … Continue reading

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An investment in girls is an investment in our future

This summer I took my nine-year-old daughter, Helen, to Kenya for the African Regional Conference of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS). While in the capital of Nairobi, Helen met Brownies and Guides and young leaders … Continue reading

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Going green and going global with Guiding

This past March, I had the amazing opportunity to attend the Helen Storrow Seminar (HSS) at Our Chalet in Switzerland. HSS is a WAGGGS leadership development event that focuses on the environment. It’s all about young women leading for a … Continue reading

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Girl Guide night in Qatar

It was important to me to enrol my daughter in Brownies to help her learn about all of the great things girls can do. I was pleased to see that participating in Brownies was one of my daughter’s favourite activities. … Continue reading

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Because it’s 2016… Girls’ and women’s rights

I was recently a delegate with the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) to the 60th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) at the United Nations in NYC. I’ve been trying to sum up … Continue reading

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Dream. Dare. Do.

When I attended the Juliette Low Seminar at the Sangam World Centre in India, I went  with the expectation of learning  about India, leadership in Guiding, and finding out more about the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts … Continue reading

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How a vivid journey to the bottom of the sea led to my future

There comes a time in every teenager’s life when they have to make a decision on what they want to do or accomplish with the next few years of their life. For some, this decision is made over a long … Continue reading

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Challenging ourselves – and lending a hand – in Mexico

When we saw that there was a Guiding trip to the Sea of Cortez in Mexico, we knew it would be something that we’d never experienced before. It looked like a great adventure where we’d learn so many new things … Continue reading

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How I met my best friend on a Girl Guide trip (despite starting off with a sarcastic comment…)

In 2002 I was one of 10 youth members, aged 15 to 17, chosen to represent Girl Guides of Canada on the nationally-sponsored trip to the Ma-Buyu Youth Forum and Commonwealth Games Camp in Manchester, England. We all met at … Continue reading

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Opening the Vaults: World Thinking Day

As we approach World Thinking Day 2015 on February 22, this edition of our Opening the Vaults blog series shines a light on Canadian Guiding’s strong tradition of celebrating our global Guiding connections. Thinking Day (now World Thinking Day) was … Continue reading

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How one District’s Thinking Day event became a pretty big deal

Ten years ago I was a brand new, wide eyed Brown Owl of a group of 36 Brownies! I had been in Brownies as a girl myself but was new to the whole ‘leading’ thing.  I had no clue what … Continue reading

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Moving Oceans: Working together to stop violence against girls

When Morgan Boyer, a Ranger in St. John’s, was invited to the Girls Speak Out at the United Nations for International Day of the Girl, she spoke out on the realities girls face in Canada. Morgan was invited after writing … Continue reading

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Hanging with the Hong Kong Girl Guides

We arrived in Hong Kong after an 18-hour flight with our family, to a much warmer, much busier atmosphere then we are used to living in rural Ontario. Knowing we were missing the beginning of the Girl Guide year at … Continue reading

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Making new best friends in Peru

Imagine meeting a whole group of Pathfinders and Rangers for the first time at an airport. In a few short hours you will be  travelling to Peru as part of Girl Guides of Canada’s Peru Adventure 2014. Up until now, … Continue reading

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Bringing the Sangam Spirit to your Unit: Ideas for a Sangam-themed Meeting

Drinking chai…  Learning to take a rickshaw to the market…  Sharing stories with Girl Guides and Girl Scouts from India, the UK, Australia and Brazil… I came home from my time as a Sangam World Centre volunteer last December with … Continue reading

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What I got from my trip to the Sea of Cortez

This summer, I was fortunate to be able to participate in the Girl Guides of Canada Sea of Cortez trip. The trip description promised an exciting week aboard a ship in the Sea of Cortez with a patrol of Mexican … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Making the global Guiding connection

Girl Guides of Canada (GGC) took to Hong Kong this past week to attend the 35th World Conference of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS). The conference is held every three years and is the primary … Continue reading

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Home is where I do Guiding

I have lived in three countries –  the U.K., the United States, and now Canada – and there is one thing I have learned and that is to get my priorities straight. To me Guiding/Scouting is up there with finding … Continue reading

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What I learned at Sangam

“How was India?”  “What did you do there?”  “Did you like the food?”  It has been almost two months since I arrived home from volunteering at Sangam. I had my answers all figured out: India? It was spectacular. Challenging. Captivating. … Continue reading

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Reflections from the UN Commission on the Status of Women

Saffina Jinnah, a Guider from Vancouver, is attending the UN Commission on the Status of Women, being held from March 10 to 21 at the UN headquarters in New York City My Brownie unit is the reason I wanted to … Continue reading

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Where will Guiding take you?

Stuck in the never ending cycle of Canadian winter weather, leaving on a jet plane for a far flung corner of the world seems like a pretty good idea right about now. As we celebrate World Thinking Day on February … Continue reading

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What I Learned from Going to Kenya

This summer I was fortunate enough to participate in the Kenya Adventure travel experience. I when I got the news in March that I was going I was so excited and everyone in my district was rooting for me to … Continue reading

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Back to Guiding Mosaic

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. … Continue reading

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Come In To Sangam: Being a Sangam Volunteer

Sipping chai, I flip through the Times of India. A gecko scampers across the window in front of me. I put down the paper and reach for my camera. Too late. He’s gone. That’s alright. It’s time to plan the … Continue reading

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Through Our Eyes: Two Girls, One Memorable Trip

Women Deliver 2013: Rukaiyah’s experience Attending the Women Deliver 2013 Conference in Malaysia granted me opportunities that I would have never been able to experience otherwise. Where else would I have been able to play a lead role in delivering … Continue reading

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Polar bears, beluga whales and Girl Guides

Girl Guides of Canada  sponsors a variety of domestic and international travel opportunities for girls and adults. Our travel program offers amazing experiences for members to explore their sense of adventure, develop new friendships and discover something new about themselves. Our trips … Continue reading

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The Best Things I Learned from Girl Guides

As an organization that loves camping, going places, and doing things, I can’t imagine that there’s a Girl Guide out there who hasn’t had to pack for a trip away. Packing is an experience that we all go through, and … Continue reading

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Be the Change

What does advocacy mean to me? I think for some perhaps, at first a red flag shoots into their mind, picturing the girls picketing the streets, but for me, I picture advocacy a little differently since my recent international travel … Continue reading

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I Travel Not to Go Anywhere, But to Go

We REALLY want your vote! It’s time for the 2012/2013 Big Deal Seal! We’ve ranked all of the 2012/2013 blog posts (posted May 1, 2012 – April 30, 2013), according to views on the day they were posted. Now we’re looking … Continue reading

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A Spirit Revitalized

In March 2012, I left my home in Calgary to spend a year volunteering with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) committed to social and economic change in developing nations. I chose to visit India on my journey because I felt it was … Continue reading

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Happy International Women’s Day

Ever since “I promise[d] to share and be a friend”, I wanted to help people.  And when “I promise[d] to do my best, to be true to myself, my beliefs and Canada…”, I knew I wanted to experience the United … Continue reading

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My ELLE Experience

Unlike many teens my age, I still actually check my emails on a daily basis. A few months ago I received an email from Girl Guides of Canada about something called the ELLE leadership training, and since I have been … Continue reading

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Traveling Abroad

As a student of international development I have always been passionate about exploring new cultures and meeting new people. In many ways it was this curiosity that inspired me to travel internationally, never realizing what existed in my very own … Continue reading

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Just the Beginning of a New Adventure

While attending Guiding Mosaic 2010 in Guelph, Ontario, I met two Irish Girl Guides with whom I became very good friends.  Along with the seven other Kanata Rangers, I built a strong friendship by the end of camp with Niamh … Continue reading

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The Traveling Guide’s Guide to Traveling. Part IV

Sophie Streleoff recently traveled to Adelboden, Switzerland to represent Girl Guides of Canada at the Helen Storrow Seminar at Our Chalet. Sophie has been traveling from a young age throughout Canada, the United States and Cuba. This trip to Our … Continue reading

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Wearing a [Guiding] Uniform Abroad

Mariam first wrote for the Our Chalet blog during the summer. This is her contribution to our blog. Thank you Mariam for sharing it with us! ———————————————————————————– When I first traveled internationally with my Ranger patrol in July 2006, out … Continue reading

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The Traveling Guide’s Guide to Traveling. Part III

Sophie Streleoff recently traveled to Adelboden, Switzerland to represent Girl Guides of Canada at the Helen Storrow Seminar at Our Chalet. Sophie has been traveling from a young age throughout Canada, the United States and Cuba. This trip to Our … Continue reading

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The Traveling Guide’s Guide to Traveling. Part II

Sophie Streleoff recently traveled to Adelboden, Switzerland to represent Girl Guides of Canada at the Helen Storrow Seminar at Our Chalet. Sophie has been traveling from a young age throughout Canada, the United States and Cuba. This trip to Our … Continue reading

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The Traveling Guide’s Guide to Traveling. Part I

Sophie Streleoff recently traveled to Adelboden, Switzerland to represent Girl Guides of Canada at the Helen Storrow Seminar at Our Chalet. Sophie has been traveling from a young age throughout Canada, the United States and Cuba. This trip to Our … Continue reading

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What will Get YOU There?

Need inspiration to get to your goal of a dream Guiding trip or camp?  Check out what this unit from Northern Ontario did to get them to the finish line and off to Europe! ————————————- Our Unit has  worked very … Continue reading

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Vlogging from Our Chalet Switzerland

How many times have you considered traveling with your Unit to a World Centre but said: “Nah. What would we possibly do there that would be so worthwhile“? Well, Guider Sarah of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, recently made a special vacation … Continue reading

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Guider Gone Global: The Return

A few months ago we shared a blog post by Guider Nadia, aka ‘Guider Gone Global‘, who was on “the adventure of a lifetime traveling to the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts’ World Centre in Sangam, India“. … Continue reading

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The Guiding Spirit

Danielle just completed her time as a WAGGGS’ delegate to the UN for the 56th Commission on the Status of Women. She has been blogging about her experience and this is as adaptation of her final entry from her own … Continue reading

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This Guider [Has] Gone Global

This post is by Guider Nadia, aka ‘Guider Gone Global‘, who is currently on “the adventure of a lifetime traveling to the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts’ World Centre in Sangam, India“. It was originally posted in … Continue reading

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Young Women’s World Forum 2011: Gallery

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As part of the global celebrations of the centenary of Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting, the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) held three major events for girls and young women. For the first time ever WAGGGS held … Continue reading

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Guider Attends Pax Lodge 20 Year Reunion

Where ever we wander…where ever we roam…Pax Lodge will always be our home. This is probably a familiar line to many of you, any Unit that has chosen to learn the Pax Lodge song as part of a Badge, Challenge, … Continue reading

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Be a change-maker at the G(irls)20 Summit in Paris

It has been a month since commemorating the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day and the launch of the 2011 G(irls)20 Summit. We have been busy receiving delegate applications from all over the world as we prepare for the summit … Continue reading

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