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Bullseye at district camp

“What was your favourite part of camp?” That’s a question that we like to ask as many girls as possible when we ride the ferry home from Burnaby Mountain District’s Camp Flower Power, held each June at Camp Olave on B.C.’s … Continue reading

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Splash! Water-balloon catapults at camp

This year, the 3rd Guelph Guides put their lashing skills to use on a different sort of camp gadget – catapults! This activity also reinforced physics, teamwork, safety and leadership skills. And, the fun of water balloons! Several parts of … Continue reading

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Big ‘mistakes’ make good memories

Ever notice that when people start telling stories about their Guiding memories that there are a lot of tales of that time when something went wrong? Mine’s the time when I was at Guide camp and it rained so hard … 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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I “Bee-lieve” in Camp!

I spent a lot of my time as a youth member in Girl Guides at camp. Going to Guelph ’93 as a Pathfinder was one of the defining moments of my youth, and one of the main things that kept … Continue reading

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Throwback Thursday: Are you a Swap-a-holic, too?

We know our members are a little, ahem, ga-ga for swapping. As many Girl Guides gear up for summer camp, we’re re-posting one Guider’s confession.   Hat crafts. Traders. Swaps. You can call them whatever you want. I call them … 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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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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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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Opening the Vaults: Retro camp pics

Who needs Instagram to give their camp photos that nostalgic vibe? At Girl Guides of Canada, we’ve got lots of classic camp photos with that great hazy look that can only come from the 1970s and 1980s. Our archives sometimes … 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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Rain, Rain Go Away – or maybe not!

Why bad weather is a good thing in the run-up to a major camp  Preparing eight girls and two Guiders for a week-long summer camp is not an easy task.  There are the group dynamics to decipher, patrol gear to … Continue reading

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Doing it all – and then some – at camp

What can you do at camp? Pretty much anything. Our friends at Caddy Lake Camp in Manitoba outline just some of the amazing experiences campers can expect this summer. When can we start packing?! Did you know going to camp … 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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I “Bee-lieve” in Camp!

I spent a lot of my time as a youth member in Girl Guides at camp. Going to Guelph ’93 as a Pathfinder was one of the defining moments of my youth, and one of the main things that kept … Continue reading

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A Storm to Remember!

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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Kenza’s Goal: to go to Our Chalet

This post originally appeared on Guides Quebéc’s blog in French. We have translated it and included the French original copy below. ————————————————————- Once upon a time… This is the story of Huguette Deschenes and her daughter Kenza Deschenes-Kherchi.  Kenza is … Continue reading

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Are you a Swap-a-holic, too?

Hat crafts. Traders. Swaps. You can call them whatever you want. I call them “my addiction”. My name is Alana, and I am a swap-a-holic. It started innocently enough. When my daughters were Sparks, a fellow Guider showed up at … 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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Thrown in the Lake: POV from First-Time Guider

A little about me Girl Guides is new for me – I became a Sparks Guider last September when my twin daughters joined. Little did I know that I’d love being a Guider! I was nominated by my fellow Guiders … Continue reading

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I am Me because of [Past] Summer Camps

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

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

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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Bringing the Outdoors In. Part I

This is part one of a series we will be running over the next 4 weeks… preparing for camp and learning camp skills from the comfort of your Unit meeting, before going out to test our abilities at camp.  In … 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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Lending a Hand [to Camp]

I realize we’re all busy, and everyone feels they do plenty for Guiding. I hate for you to find out like this, but there is always more work to be done, and you, the responsible, helpful, and giving adult who … Continue reading

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I am Me Because of Summer Camp

This post was written by Wendy and was originally posted on her own funny things are everywhere blog. We thought this was such a great post we asked for her permission to share it here with everyone. Thank you Wendy! … 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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Our first Vlog! (video blog)

Another first for us! Thanks to Indra and her vlogging experience, today we are sharing our first vlog! Listen to what Indra has to say about her top choices for camps that she has attended over the past 10 years in Guiding! … Continue reading

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Camping à la “Dad and Me”

What place do Dads have in Guiding you ask? On Father’s Day, we had heard about Dads that helped build bird houses and some that assisted at a Unit BBQ. Attending a ‘Dad and Me’ camp is another small, but … Continue reading

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Girl Guide Tweets that SOARed!

In the ‘Spirit’ of last week’s large scale SOAR camp in Agassiz, BC, we had to share a small sampling of the fun Twitter messages posted by some attendees! Thanks to the ladies who permitted us to share these messages on … Continue reading

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North of 60: Guiding in Canada’s Far North

There are few of us who live North of 60, and even fewer members of Girl Guides. Living in Whitehorse has its advantages though – it’s got a road out! Thinking outside the box has always been easy for me … Continue reading

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BC Spirit of Adventure Rendezvous 2011 (SOAR): Behind the Scenes

Camping and food go hand in hand – most of us who camp end up saying we ate too much at camp.  I think it is something about being outside in the fresh air. Spirit of Adventure Rendezvous 2011, better … Continue reading

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This Guider takes her Smartphone to Camp: A Coleman App Review

This guest post was graciously prepared by guest blogger and Guider Sarah. Recently, Sarah heard about the Coleman Camping Cookbook and Meal Planner App for the iPhone, and decided to download it for a camping trip. She wrote this review … Continue reading

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A Totally AWESOME Campfire

A few weeks ago, Guider Tammy blogged about Urban Guiding and how outdoor camping could be a deterrent for some adults who were interested in leading – but not camping. Today’s post is by Guider Stephanie, who shares her experience camping … Continue reading

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Confessions of an ‘Urban Guider’

Update: This post was voted as a 2011/2012 GirlGuidesCANblog Big Deal Seal winner in the Growing Guiding category! Bravo blogger Tammy! ———————————————— I am an Urban Guider. I used to almost be ashamed to admit it but as time has … Continue reading

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