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Putting girls on the fast track with Guiding

Girl Guides is all about getting girls revved up for the limitless possibilities ahead of them. Find out how Emma and Mary hopped into the driver’s seat to test drive career options at the Toronto Honda Indy. This past weekend … Continue reading

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At Girl Guides, we’ve got pride in being inclusive

At Girl Guides, we love a good parade. Even better – when the parade is all about positivity and inclusivity. From the Yukon to Saskatchewan and beyond, Girl Guides are participating in Pride month celebrations big and small across the country. … Continue reading

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I am an Indigenous girl in Guiding

For Indigenous girls in Canada, it can be hard to make their voices heard. At Girl Guides, we believe that every girl should be valued for exactly who she is. From Nunavut to Alberta and Nova Scotia and beyond, 13 … Continue reading

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Digging in and planting real leadership skills

Leadership skills aren’t something that sprout up overnight. They take a lot of nurturing. That’s where Girl Guides comes in. As our final girl-driven story contest winner, Guider Kelly shares how a community planting project was the perfect talent and … Continue reading

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How to help teen girls navigate the ups and downs of their first job

By Jill Zelmanovits, CEO and Keynote Listener, Girl Guides of Canada Whether they’re life guarding, scooping ice cream or babysitting, a job can seem like a pretty great way for a teenage girl to spend her summer. Meeting friends, building … Continue reading

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Here’s to the girls taking positive action in their world

Our Vision at GGC is a better world, by girls. And it makes sense since the core of the Guiding movement has always been active citizenship. As girls learn who they are and what they can do, their motivation to … Continue reading

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This way to adventure and leadership

Girl Guides is the ultimate leadership incubator for girls. In every activity, event and outdoor adventure a girl experiences through Guiding, she can develop her own personal leadership style. It’s not about being the boss – it’s about empowering girls … Continue reading

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10 reasons being a volunteer Guider is the BEST

Imagine a place where you can spark extraordinary moments for girls in your community – and for yourself, too. That’s what being a Guider is all about. On National Volunteer Week, here are 10 reasons why our adult members say … Continue reading

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Girl Guides: The ultimate leadership incubator for girls

Girl Guides is all about building leadership skills and amplifying girls’ voices. All of our programs are designed to put every girl in the driver’s seat allowing her to choose what she gets out of Guiding. In April, we are … Continue reading

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The power of carrying a canoe solo

Grit. Determination. Self-reliance. Those are just some of the skills girls unleash when they hoist a canoe and do their first solo carry. Along the way, they demonstrate to themselves and each other the limitless possibilities of what girls can … Continue reading

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From gym class and beyond: how girls are building solutions to gender inequality

We know that gender inequality is something girls experience early and often. That’s why it’s so important for teenagers to have space to speak out about these issues. As a facilitator for a Youth for Gender Equality Dialogue, I got … Continue reading

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Fortnite – Girl Guide style

Mental health awareness: it’s a huge focus in our Girl Guide unit. We have several girls with severe anxiety issues and many girls with exceptionalities and sensitivities that we always take into consideration in all we do and in how … Continue reading

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How Guiding helps girls tip the balance of equality

by Jill ZelmanovitsGirl Guides of Canada – CEO – Keynote Listener When it comes to creating a more equitable world for girls and women, lately it feels like we’re always taking one step forward, and two giant steps back. As … Continue reading

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How girls in Guiding are busting stereotypes about girls

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How a simple sleepover can be a chance for girls to step up and lead together

In a judgement-free zone like Girl Guides, it’s a whole lot easier for girls to step up, speak up and take the lead. It’s the perfect place for girls to lead the agenda for what they want to do – … Continue reading

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Meet the Girl Guides who celebrate Black history all year long

February is Black History Month, a month dedicated to honouring the legacy of Black Canadians, past and present. We got in touch with Gabrielle Grant, a Guider with a unit in a predominantly Black community in Nova Scotia,  to ask … Continue reading

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Everything I learned about leadership from Girl Guides

As a teen I remember hearing that leadership was a skill to be developed for adulthood – that youth are in training to be leaders tomorrow. My years of experience with Girl Guides of Canada has proven this wrong: leadership … Continue reading

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How Guiding can be an incubator for girls exploring STEM

Scientific innovation – it’s  what propels the world forward and leads to the discoveries that make our lives healthier and better. On International Day of Women and Girls in Science (February 11), ideas for how to balance the gender equation … Continue reading

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Giving girls a space to try, fail, try again – and succeed

There’s a lot of judgment in today’s world but Guiding is a different kind of place for girls. In an accepting and judgement-free zone like Girl Guides, girls can seek challenges, try new things even if they might fail, learn … Continue reading

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How one girl found her voice through Guiding

Girls need a safe space where they feel supported, respected and valued for exactly who they are. A safe space where they can use their voice. Fortunately, Guiding offers just such a space. And our volunteer Guiders play a huge role in … Continue reading

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Confidence + independence: How Guiding sparked success for these Sparks alumni

“Sparks made me feel confident and independent. I loved that it gave me a chance to be the silliest, truest version of myself with a group of other girls.” Yes! For 30 totally amazing years, our Sparks program has sparked … Continue reading

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Here’s what happens when girls feel safe to spread their wings

Girls are under a lot of social pressure these days. They’re asked to be everything at once: smart, pretty, nice, athletic, ambitious and successful. And when they don’t meet the world’s expectations (because they’re impossible!), the judgments are often swift … Continue reading

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How these women in policing busted stereotypes for girls

When one of our Sparks dressed as a police officer for our Halloween party, another girl told her ‘That’s a boy’s job.’ Our response? We invited six local women police officers to our meeting the following week to show what … Continue reading

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I volunteer to give girls their light bulb moment

My favourite part of volunteering with Guiding is that light bulb moment – when you see a girl’s face light up with understanding, pride, or a feeling of accomplishment. One such moment happened early this Guiding year with a Brownie … Continue reading

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The torch of remembrance and the desire for peace burns bright for girls in Canada

Remembrance of wars past. Fear of conflict today. These simple but powerful concepts are on the minds of girls across Canada as we mark Remembrance Day 2018. Somehow, we often forget that war and violent conflict – whether 100 years … Continue reading

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Our new Girls First Guiding program calls for a BIG celebration

The launch of Guiding’s brand new Girls First program is a pretty big deal. Innovative science and tech activities. Outdoor adventures. The chance for girls to talk about what really matters to them. And. So. Much. More. The new Girl … Continue reading

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Reality check: What girls are saying about gender inequality

“I think it was early elementary [school] when I was told that I could not be as good at math as the boys.” – Emily, Girl Guide National Youth Council member Whether they’re in elementary school or high school, gender … Continue reading

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Girl Guides taught me how to be a girl in charge of my own life

I never used to be the person to speak up in class. To randomly talk to someone I didn’t know very well in the school hallway. I feel I’ve come a long way in the past few years – thanks … Continue reading

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Sparks sparkle – and so do new Guiders!

It’s been almost two years since I shared my story of being a new Girl Guide volunteer,  and while I’ve finally gotten the glitter out of my hair, the sparkle of Guiding still remains. Everyday spent with Sparks is a … Continue reading

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How I jumped into a waterfall with Girl Guides – and you can, too!

Jumping into a waterfall –  sounds both exciting and scary all at the same time, right? But not when you’ve got your Guiding sisters to cheer you on. As Mackenzie writes, you never know what kind of adventure and amazing friends … Continue reading

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Why an urban field trip should be on your summer bucket list

There is something truly awesome about the way Guiding can open doors to new adventures while supporting girls and Guiders in a safe space.  It really shouldn’t have, but it kind of surprised me recently – when our little unit … Continue reading

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5 things I learned organizing a sleepover for Sparks

Girls empowering girls is a powerful part of the Guiding experience. Whether they’re cheering each other on as they try a challenging new activity or sharing a special skill, girls in Guiding can stretch their limits as they mentor one … Continue reading

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How girls in Guiding are creating #abetterworldbygirls

At Girl Guides of Canada, we’re working towards a pretty important Vision – A better world, by girls. Through innovative and empowering activities, girls in Guiding are making their mark and shaping their world.   Here’s a round-up of what Girl … Continue reading

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This girl-designed T-shirt is EVERYTHING

Amazing. Incredible. And so very styling. We were blown away by the 550+ entries we received for our Girl Designed T-shirt contest. Girls put their design savviness to work in creating  T-shirt concepts that girls in Guiding can wear at Guiding … Continue reading

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How Girl Guides helped me shape an awesome future for myself

Girls in Guiding do amazing things – in their communities and in their own lives. Girl Guides of Canada scholarship recipient Safira shares how Guiding has been a huge spark in her life. My involvement with Guiding began at the … Continue reading

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Let’s celebrate the impact of girls and women in Guiding

by Krysta Coyle Girl Guides of Canada’s Guiding Ambassador It’s human nature to want to make an impact in this world. To feel like you’re making a difference. To feel like you did something that mattered. Yet sometimes – depending … Continue reading

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Acceptance + Compassion: My wish list for teens like me who work a little harder on their mental health

My name is Kate. I’m 17 years old and in my final year of high school. I love science and reading and aspire to be a neuroscience engineer. And my mental health is something I work on. Every. Single. Day. … Continue reading

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How girls are building survival skills to navigate the digital wilderness

Phones. Tablets. Laptops. Snapchat. Instagram. Texting. Fake news. Selfie perfection. Sexting. Yup – it’s a digital minefield out there for girls. With countless options for connecting, sharing and shaping their identity online, there’s a lot for them to navigate. Yet, … Continue reading

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The world isn’t always great for girls – but Guiding is a powerhouse of support

Even though we live in a world where girls are constantly treated as less valuable or powerful than their male counterparts, I’ve never believed that my gender makes me worth less. That’s because when I was 11-years-old I became a … Continue reading

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The world may be divided, but the girls of the world are not

I am one of a kind. And I am also one of 10 million. I stand together with the 10 million girls and women in Guiding around the world who are making our mark and fighting for gender equality. Attending … Continue reading

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Adventure. Confidence. Leadership. How my daughters found it all in Guiding

Fact: Guiding has changed the life of my daughters drastically in the past five years. It all started simply enough. I registered my third daughter, Hari, in Guides. In just a few weeks, I noticed some positive changes in her … Continue reading

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How this shy, dinosaur-loving 8-year-old found her strong in Guiding

When you sign your daughter up for Guiding, there are tons of opportunities for her to shine. Let us introduce you to Ellie – she’s all kinds of amazing. She was recently recognized with a 2017 Girl Greatness Award. We … Continue reading

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Three reasons why volunteering with Girl Guides is awesome

By Katie Dersch There is something for everyone Growing up in Guiding, I was able to try so many different things. From camping to robotics, I got to see for myself what I was interested in. Girl Guides helps you … Continue reading

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Why I Volunteer with Girl Guides

By Christina Roberts I love volunteering with Girl Guides because providing girls with enriching experiences and learning opportunities is tremendously rewarding. For the past two years, I have led a Brownie unit. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting intelligent and … Continue reading

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Thank you, volunteers!

As National Volunteer Week begins, girls in Guiding are sending a huge shoutout to our amazing volunteers.

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Opening the Vaults – World Thinking Day and the Intangible Spirit of Guiding

When we look through the collection in our national archives, we’re often inspired by the intangible spirit of Guiding that shines so bright in many of the images. For this World Thinking Day, we have pulled together a selection of quotes … Continue reading

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When Girl Greatness spreads to the office

“It is better to do good than be good.” – Lord Baden-Powell Every day we challenge girls to go out and make a difference, to go over-and-above to make their communities a better place to live. And every time, they … Continue reading

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Full STEM ahead

The overwhelming theme for our unit’s activities this fall has been science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). With Girl Guides of Canada–Guides du Canada programming like Girls Count, and instant meetings like International Day of the Girl 2016, it’s been … Continue reading

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Feeling Safe

I’ve been thinking a lot more about safety and inclusivity lately. Just the other day, at work, in a room full of peers, superiors, and contractors, I was forced to justify some very personal choices and reveal a part of … Continue reading

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