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A positive egg-sperience in responsibility

Warning: Some eggs may have been cuddled in the making of this post The theme for one of our recent unit meetings was understanding responsibility. The girls brainstormed ways to be responsible in Guides, create kit lists and set goals for … Continue reading

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Girl Guide cookies + green activities = a sweet combo!

It’s that time of year! Yes, our chocolate and vanilla Girl Guide cookie season is underway… and with it comes the cardboard boxes and cases taking over meeting spaces, basements, and garages. As we approach Earth Day (April 22), many … Continue reading

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What does it mean to be an Arts Adviser?

As Guiders, we get a lot of emails about volunteer opportunities within Guiding. We often scan them and look at the deadline but that’s about it. Last spring, one position in Nova Scotia caught my eye – Arts Adviser. So … Continue reading

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How do you organize all your Guiding ‘stuff’?

Maybe you have one. You probably know a Guider who does. The Guide closet. (Or storage bin, or room, or basement?) I didn’t have one at first. At first, all I had was an expandable folder. And I thought that … 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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Designing T-shirts

It’s finally – finally! – almost T-shirt weather across Canada. And while we know that nothing beats the Girl Guide uniform T or your favourite camp shirt, there’s something pretty awesome about girls designing their own T-shirts. As we head … Continue reading

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“Loom-y” for Girl Guide Cookies!

A lot of the kids I know are caught up in the loom bracelet craze. My daughter, her friends, the girls in our unit – all of them love making and trading them. So I thought:  “Why not combine two … Continue reading

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Friendship Bracelets: World Record Attempt

Girl Guides – New Brunswick Council is hosting an all branches provincial camp this summer called Bridging Friends Forever (BFF).  Some people go to the beach or visit Paris on vacation … but lots of fantastic women (a lot of … Continue reading

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In Defence of Crafts

A few weeks ago one of my fellow Guiders was telling me about her latest Guide meeting.  One comment struck a particular chord:  “Last [night] one of my Guides was stressed that she hadn’t finished her craft. When I offered … 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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Make Your Own Wordle Shirt

I remember the year they introduced the wordle shirt. That shirt WAS Guiding. It was perfect. I remember thinking… finally there is a piece of clothing that is cool. I would wear mine to camp, to the gym… even to … 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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Sparks Support Sick Kids

I recently read an article about a Unit that regularly visited their local hospital once a month and did crafts with some of the kids who were in the hospital.  I absolutely LOVED the idea.  Since I work for two pediatricians … Continue reading

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Craftastrophy

If you ever looked up the word “craftastrophy“ in the dictionary, I imagine you’d find a photo of me with my hair glued in chunks, paint dripping off my shirt, stickers randomly stuck on my face and my hands covered … Continue reading

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It’s Not a Box!

A few weeks ago, every Brownie in our Unit left with a new toy. Some were wearing theirs around their waists, some on their heads. One was pulling hers behind her with a piece of wool like she was walking … Continue reading

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Guiding Someone Through “Collecting” Versus “Hoarding”

I’ve been a Brownie leader for nearly 10 years, and for almost every one of those 10 years, I have been “blessed” with many craft supplies. Although I’ve kept many (fewer recently), that doesn’t make me a “hoarder” – a … Continue reading

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The Crafty Cluttered Guider

I’ve been a Brownie leader for nearly 10 years, and for almost every one of those 10 years, I have been “blessed” with craft supplies. Not supplies that I’ve bought, but supplies that have been donated to me. I have … Continue reading

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Girl Guides’ Thinking Outside the Cookie Box Contest Winners!

Girl Guides are crafty! So we decided to ask people to think outside the cookie box and develop original crafts made out of Girl Guide cookie boxes and/or the cookies. Kids and adults of all ages met and exceeded the … Continue reading

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Beads vs. Floam: The Ultimate Nasty Craft Material Debate

In celebration of the official launch of GGC’s Crafty Tuesdays resource page with  program-related crafts, we had to allow two of our staff bloggers, Talya and Mary, to dissect the (un)merits of two crafty materials their children use! What is … Continue reading

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Too Much Art?

Question, dear blog readers – what do you do with all the art your kids bring home from school, Girl Guides and so on? This is the question I’m currently grappling with as the two little artists in my home … Continue reading

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Friendship Pins for Japan

Look what one girl can do! Faith is a Brownie who was concerned about the situation in Japan, so she decided to make her own friendship pins to raise funds. In her words: “When I heard Japan had a tsunami I … Continue reading

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