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Little Free Brownie Library

The current National Service Project: Words in Action has been well-enjoyed by our unit! In its first year (2015), our unit held a book swap which resulted in a donation of 325 books to our city’s library. This year, we … Continue reading

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Reflecting on positivity

Our unit is just starting the Key to Me, and being the end of the year I really wanted to find something special for our girls to do. I knew it was recently Mental Health Week in Canada, and there … Continue reading

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Avoiding checking out too soon

If you’re like me, you may have noticed the girls in your unit have had a little more trouble sitting still lately. Maybe they’re just a little more chatty than normal. You may have even had to remind yourself to … Continue reading

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A Silent Meeting

We loved this post by guest blogger and Guider Melissa and wanted to share it again as a great anytime, anywhere activity to try with girls. —————————————————————— One meeting a year in our Brownie Unit, there is no singing. There … Continue reading

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Saturday morning Guiding

As busy Guiders, we all spend occasional weekends doing Guiding activities, sleepovers, camps, cookie sales and outings. But what about having your weekly unit meeting on a Saturday? Could this be a way to engage girls and families who aren’t … Continue reading

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Our bilingual unit adventure

When I moved two years ago from Mississauga to Barrie, Ontario to do a year of post-graduate studies at Georgian College, I wanted to continue my volunteer work in Guiding so I joined a French language unit near campus. This … Continue reading

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Managing Friend Drama

Some years are better than others, but for every year I’ve been involved with our Brownies, it happens. There are inseparable friends who stubbornly cling to one another, in spite of our efforts to mix up groups and facilitate new … Continue reading

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Transitioning into a new Guiding role

As someone who has always aspired to be a lifelong member of Girl Guides of Canada, I struggled to find a place for myself as a transitioning member (TMBR). During Rangers, I completed the program and earned my Chief Commissioner’s … Continue reading

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Saying ‘Welcome’ and ‘Bonjour’ with a postcard

A few years ago, I decided to start sending out mail to my Brownies and Guides at the beginning of August in preparation for the next Guiding year. There were many reasons that led me to come up with this … Continue reading

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How many sleeps until camp?

We signed our Brownie up for a week-long camp experience at Camp Adelaide in the “Outdoor Explorers” program. This was her first sleep-away camp and she was apprehensive about being away from home for so long so we went to … Continue reading

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In her own words…. Brownies recruiting Brownies

Meet Devon – a Girl Greatness Award recipient who took it upon herself to recruit more Brownies for her unit! During my first year of Brownies, we only had three girls, but it was still fun! After the advancement, my … Continue reading

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A Billion Brownies

After another crazy-busy year as a Brownie Guider in our multi-branch unit (72 girls!), by the time our last meeting rolled around, I was pretty much done. As in, I’m ready for summer, shut the door on the craft closet … Continue reading

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Calming the Camp Nerves

As units grab their sleeping bags and pack their marshmallows for spring camp, we’re re-posting this blog on prepping girls – and their parents! – for camp. We at Brownies know how stressful a first camp can be! Nerves and … Continue reading

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Guide friends, Girl friends, Mom friends

Writing about friendship is tricky. The first time I took a crack at writing this blog post, I started writing about my daughter Karley’s transition through Brownies, with the end paragraph talking about how she made this new awesome best … Continue reading

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Captivated by the Drum

The Ardrossan Alberta Sparks and Brownies had the amazing opportunity to participate in a group event that hosted one of Canada’s acclaimed speakers and First Nations grass dancers, Jason E. Skani. Growing up in what he calls “Cree Country” Alberta, … Continue reading

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Girl Guide fun + chocolate = the perfect Valentine’s Day

The Quebec Chocolate Challenge! What’s more fun than making and eating chocolate? Sharing, of course! The 1st Valois Brownies created an event called “Chocolate Wonderland” to complete the Quebec Chocolate Challenge and in the spirit of sharing, invited the Valois Sparks in order … Continue reading

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Calming the Camp Nerves

We at Brownies know how stressful a first camp can be! Nerves and anxiety everywhere. To help, I’ve made a list of my top ways parents and Guiders can help to calm homesick and anxious campers. For Parents: Don’t transfer … Continue reading

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Camp packing tips

1. Girls should know their stuff. If you really need to ‘help,’ choose the clothing and items to pack, lay them out and have the camper pack them. This gives her the opportunity to know what she has packed. More … Continue reading

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Why every Brownie should have a camp blanket

On this edition of Throwback Thursday, we’re revisiting a blog post on favourite topic – camp blankets! When I became a Brownie leader, right before we went to camp, I always brought my camp blanket to a meeting. This was … Continue reading

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Throwback Thursday: The Benefits of Camping without Parents

If you’re involved in Guiding, you know how amazing the camp experience is. For girls, it may be their first exciting taste of freedom as they head out into the world without mom and dad. Here’s a Throwback Thursday post … Continue reading

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The stars are bright on the Guiding Walk of Fame!

What happens when a Guider sees a photo on Facebook of a Hollywood birthday party theme? She turns it into a Guiding advancement ceremony, of course! Since we all know that every girl in Guiding is a star, we decided … Continue reading

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Say cheese! Setting up a Girl Guide photo booth

I often forget to take pictures at Guiding events. At our recent Olympic sleepover we chose the scrapbook option in the Quebec Spin Challenge and I set up a photo booth to make sure some pictures were taken. I’ve seen photo booths … Continue reading

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Why every Brownie unit should have a rubber chicken (or two)

Have you met our unit’s pals,  Mr. and Mrs. Chicken?   Here’s why we think you should have at least one rubber chicken in your unit kit, too: Chicken Games are Awesome!  Thank you Becky’s Guiding Resource.  Chickens can often … Continue reading

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The Benefits of Camping without Parents

Every year, our Brownie unit takes a spring weekend camping trip. As I enter my seventh year as a Brownie leader, I have been reflecting on what I have learned about planning these camp weekends. There are some obvious things, … Continue reading

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Girl-Centred Planning

“I wish we could pick berries or go to the apple orchard.” “I would like to have a haunted house.” “Let’s visit the Sparks again!” “We should plant seeds in an egg carton.” “I wish we could have an extra … Continue reading

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Healthy Friendship Recipes

What does it take to make a good friend? “Kindness!” One of our Brownies finds the word “kindness” written on a slip of paper and puts it into  the bowl. “A good friend is definitely kind,” she says. “And helpful!” … Continue reading

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Brownies on Ice

Most weeks, we have our Brownie meeting in the church basement. Once a year, we have a Brownie sleepover at the community centre and a camp at the conservation area. Sometimes, we hold Brownies at our adopted park, at the … Continue reading

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A Step Back into a Brownie Time Machine

In planning for learning a bit about the history of Guiding, I wanted to do something different this year. Then I remembered that someone tried to pawn off a bag of old Brownie badges on me years ago. Are you … Continue reading

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Yes, She’s a SPARK. No, She isn’t Cute.

Update: This post was voted a 2012/2013 GirlGuidesCANblog Big Deal Seal winner in the Cookies category! Bravo blogger Katherine! ————————————————- When I was a Spark and Brownie Guider, I often heard Guiders say with envy “Oh, your unit can sell cookies so … Continue reading

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“Multi-Branch” Means More Fun!

I grew up with Guiding, joining as a shy Brownie and going through Guides, Pathfinders, Rangers, and Link.  I never doubted Guiding would remain a part of my life, but I didn’t know that I would begin my journey as … Continue reading

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Bumbling [Brownie] Badges

Badges can be the bane of a Guider’s existence, can’t they? Although they provide satisfaction and joy, they are small and easily lost. They like to hide in every nook and cranny of our Guide bags, and only show up … Continue reading

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Guiding Parliament

We stood by the Centennial Flame in the harsh wind counting the Brownies. The last one ran up the sidewalk. “Woah! Are we going there?” she asked, gesturing with her pink mitten to the Peace Tower. “Yes, we’re going on … Continue reading

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Key to Brownies: Getting to know you with a Beaded Bracelet

How To: Beaded Friendship Bracelet (Thanks to Guider Janice for this idea!) Supplies: Pipe cleaners and pony beads (one kind of bead for each girl in the Unit) Opening activity – make beaded friendship bracelet.    (Each girl will receive a different … Continue reading

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A Silent Meeting

Update: This post was voted a 2012/2013 GirlGuidesCANblog Big Deal Seal winner in the Awesome Activities category! Bravo blogger Melissa! —————————- Bullying Awareness Week is November 12 – 18. We loved this post by guest blogger and Guider Melissa, and … Continue reading

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What an Amazing Girl Member!

How many Guides ever have completed ALL the interest badges? Well, not only did Christina Selkirk complete all 10 Keys and 71 Brownie interest badges, but she also  completed four program areas, three community service badges, three camping badges, 82 … Continue reading

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Using Children’s Books in Meetings

We were going on an adventure – to the library! Our Brownies zipped up their coats, slipped on their boots and headed down the street singing our favourite songs. At the library, they scurried down the stairs to the children’s … Continue reading

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Girl Guide Camp Blanket vs. Camp Poncho

This is the first of our Flashback Friday blog posts for the summer months! Every Friday we will re-share a post previously shared on GirlGuidesCANblog, that related to the summer months (camping, outdoor fun, family time). Enjoy! ———————————————————————– In today’s … Continue reading

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Thrills, Chills and Spills

As we are preparing for our annual spring camp, I can’t help but think back to the first time I went to Brownie Camp as a leader. I was a Junior Leader in our Unit for two years before I … Continue reading

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Trial by Fire: Reflections of a First-time Guider. Part V

Several months ago I put a post up on my personal blog about becoming a Guider.  The GirlGuidesCAN blog picked it up and after a short series of emails back and forth, I was asked to be a guest blogger, … Continue reading

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One Plus One Equals Brownie Math

“Thirteen plus seven is…” “Twenty!” “Twenty-two plus eleven is…” “Thirty-three!” “Nineteen plus twenty-three is…” “BINGO!” Alright, I know that nineteen plus twenty-three is forty-two, but at our annual Brownie Math Meeting, it’s Bingo. We’re playing math bingo and we’re about … Continue reading

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Through Brownies’ Eyes

I have a Brownie unit in a rather affluent area. This, obviously, has advantages (for example, we don’t need to worry about an activity that costs a few extra dollars). It does, however, present some interesting challenges – a major … Continue reading

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Sparks & Brownies Leave a Small (eco) Footprint

How small an eco-footprint does a Spark make? How about a Brownie? The 12th Milton Sparks and 19th Oakville Brownies could tell us! They were busy learning from Halton Recycles in preparation for World Thinking Day 2012! This post was … Continue reading

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Online Resources: Guiding in the Cloud

This post originally appeared on Ottawa Guider Cara’s own Brownie Meeting Ideas blog. Cara offered it to us for re-posting as its description of online file sharing and collaboration may interest many of you. Thank you Cara! We hope you … Continue reading

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Trial by Fire: Reflections of a First-time Guider. Part III

A couple of months ago I put a post on my personal blog about becoming a Guider. The GirlGuidesCAN blog picked it up and after a short series of emails back and forth, I was asked to be a guest blogger, blogging … Continue reading

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Trial by Fire: Reflections of a First-time Guider. Part II

A couple of months ago I put a post on my personal blog about becoming a Guider. The GirlGuidesCAN blog picked it up and after a short series of emails back and forth, I was asked to be a guest blogger, blogging … Continue reading

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Why Every Brownie Should Have a Camp Blanket

A few weeks ago, guest blogger and Brownie Guider Sarah of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, wrote for us what turned out to be a very popular post about the importance of her camp blanket in her Guiding and non-Guiding life. We … Continue reading

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This Guider Asks: What Activities Are You Planning This Year?

I love the start of the Brownie year – everyone is so excited! Our Unit gets almost an entirely new group every two years. This year, we have nine new Brownies and four returning Brownies. Since most of our Unit … Continue reading

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When Cookies Lead to a Cookie All Star…and a Cat?!

Oh no! Not another cat reference on the Girl Guides’ blog! Yes, but this time this cat isn’t out of the bag, it’s purring in a Brownie’s lap. How it got there is what today’s post is all about. It … Continue reading

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Why Girls Need National Membership Week

Tomorrow is the start of our National Membership Week that runs from September 10 – 18 all across Canada! It’s a time for Guiders and Units to showcase what Guiding has to offer new girls and women who join Guiding. Need inspiration … Continue reading

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Why I Plan on Being a Brownie Leader Extraordinaire

Update: This post was voted a 2011/2012 GirlGuidesCANblog Big Deal Seal winner in the Reader’s Choice category! Bravo blogger Chantal! ———————————————————— When I was little, I wasn’t allowed to join Girl Guides, so instead I pretended I was a Girl … Continue reading

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