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Hammers + nails = awesome Spark bird houses

It may have been our noisiest meeting night ever, but it was likely the most fun for each of the Sparks. Eight dads and one mom were on hand as helpers for building our bird houses. A couple of dads … Continue reading

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Can urban living and a love of nature go hand-in-hand?

Since I was a child, I have had an insatiable curiosity about nature. I grew up hiking and camping outdoors, and my mom, who had once worked at a greenhouse and had a garden, taught me about the beauty of … Continue reading

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Beauty on a budget

For the past two years, the leaders of the 3rd Bowmanville Guide Unit have been teaching girls all about natural beauty on a budget. It’s important to us because our own children have gone away to college and one has … Continue reading

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2nd Chilliwack Guides Pledge to Do More

We are the 2nd Chilliwack Girl Guide Unit in Chilliwack, B.C..  Our third-year Girl Guides planned and led a meeting to help the other girls in the Unit earn the National Service Project: Operation Earth Action crest. The main activity, Making Your Own Green … Continue reading

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A Girl Guide Cookie Complaint

Dear Girl Guides of Canada, Hello, my name is Anya and I am a Girl Guide in Canmore, Alberta. I have recently been selling the fall Girl Guides Cookies, and I really like the new design on the boxes. I … Continue reading

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Operation Earth Action

In September, many parents had been very enthusiastic, while others had no idea what was coming towards them. Needless to say, I also had no clue what I had just signed up for, but now realize how lucky I had … Continue reading

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McNab’s Island Clean Up

Every year the Friends of McNab’s Island Society holds a cleanup. Okay, let’s back track just a little. For those of you who are not Haligonians, McNab’s Island is a big island sitting at the mouth of our harbour. It is also … Continue reading

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Handprints Instead of Footprints

More often than not, we talk about our footprint or “carbon footprint” and the harm we are causing the Earth. This idea of a negative footprint can be rather depressing, and maybe even uncomfortable for some. But what about our … Continue reading

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The Twisted Journey from an Idea to Action

How often have you sat through a conference and walked away with so much information that you didn’t know where to start? Sounds like almost what happened to Guider Belinda after she attended the YWLGF seminar recently. Belinda, however, took … Continue reading

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Earth Day is Four Letter Word

It always seems so complicated –  you know, solving the big stuff like climate change, environmental issues, poverty, disease, war, the rapid decline of our resources. YIKES! Usually, when there is a big problem, the following things happen; people talk, … Continue reading

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Earth Hour 2012: It’s Takes Just a Minute

Some call it hypocrisy, some think it’s futile, some think shutting off our power for an hour only causes a larger drain on our grids when we repower later, but you know what I think? I think it is incredibly … Continue reading

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The World is Thirsty Because We Are Hungry!

“The World is Thirsty Because We Are Hungry!” That’s a mouthful! Or maybe it isn’t. What does it mean? What does it have to do with today? Well, March 22 is World Water Day. Water is the most precious resource … Continue reading

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The GREEN of Red, Orange, Yellow and Gold Leaves

This post is part of an ongoing GREEN series on GirlGuidesCANblog. The series highlights a variety of environmental issues and activities that affect girl and adult Members in Guiding. Today, guest blogger Joyce Shanks shares some great activities around composting! … Continue reading

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Green Camping

Recently I had the pleasure of spending a beautiful fall day at the Quebec Girl Guides’ Camp Wa-Thik-Ane in Morin Heights just north of Montreal. I was able to support my daughter’s Guide Unit and do a little “green camping”* … Continue reading

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TD Tree Days: Getting to the Root of the Matter

September 21, 2011, marks Canada’s inaugural National Tree Day, “a celebration for all Canadians to appreciate the great benefits that trees provide us – clean air, wildlife habitat, reducing energy demand and connecting with nature.” Throughout the month of September, … Continue reading

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Going Wild in the City

Last month in Confessions of an ‘Urban Guider’, GGC guest blogger Tammy Sutherland called for making room within Guiding “for those who challenge themselves on asphalt and concrete as much as those that long for the wilderness.” The post got … Continue reading

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Spring cleaning, Girl Guide style

When most people think of springtime and Guiding, they think of classic chocolate and vanilla Girl Guide cookies. And yes, Girl Guide cookies are a Canadian tradition but for Guide Units across the country, spring also means heading outside and … Continue reading

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David Suzuki’s Queen of Green, Lindsay Coulter

Girl Guides has always promoted the enjoyment and appreciation of the outdoors, exposing girls to ways we can care for our natural environment and improve our communities. This Earth Day we invited Lindsay Coulter, David Suzuki’s Queen of Green, to … Continue reading

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