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Rangers Take On Taxes

I’ve been working with teenage girls for over 20 years, the last four years with Rangers. In all that time, I thought I’d done it all, so I was not at all prepared when this year’s Ranger group started planning … Continue reading

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Touching Hearts – Valentines for Vets

Break out the markers and the red and pink construction paper! Valentine’s Day is just over a month away and it’s a great time to plan a Valentines for Vets activity with your unit. This Veterans Affairs Canada program distributes personal … Continue reading

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Finding my courage

As Girl Guides of Canada–Guides du Canada marks 16 Days of Action to Eliminate Violence Against Women, we’re giving voice to our members’ perspective on gender-based violence. Today, we’re sharing Morgan’s personal story of how she found the confidence and courage … Continue reading

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Say No to Violence

As we launch our Say No to Violence Challenge and mark 16 Days of Activism to Eliminate Violence Against Women, we’re  proud to re-post  this meaningful piece from  International Commissioner Sharron Callahan, who has volunteered in Guiding with victims of … 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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Getting Dirty and Why it’s Important

Sure, we’re in the bone-cold middle of January, but who says you can’t daydream about spring and summer? Why not keep the winter blues away by working with your unit to plan a tree planting project for this spring or … Continue reading

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A Feast Fit for Zombies

Learning all about outdoor cooking doesn’t have to be boring! Mix together some creepy zombies, yummy food, and fun – it’s a great opportunity to engage older girls and practice important skills. Last weekend, West Coast Area hosted our annual … Continue reading

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Bringing the Sangam Spirit to your Unit: Ideas for a Sangam-themed Meeting

Drinking chai…  Learning to take a rickshaw to the market…  Sharing stories with Girl Guides and Girl Scouts from India, the UK, Australia and Brazil… I came home from my time as a Sangam World Centre volunteer last December with … Continue reading

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Girls Count… It Makes ‘Cents’

Last spring Girl Guides of Canada together with TD Bank Group piloted a new financial literacy program, Girls Count. Stretching from coast to coast and from Sparks to Rangers, 35  units together with 53  TD employee volunteers presented the pilot … 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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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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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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Guiding Underwater

Sitting around the dining room table at one of our weekly meetings before the end of summer last year, our Pathfinders were discussing all the things we wanted to do the following year. To me as a leader we had … 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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“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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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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How engineering could take you to Mars

March is National Engineering Month (NEM), which shines a spotlight on the role of engineering in society and (hopefully!) inspires future engineers to pursue engineering as a career path. As a soon-to-be mechanical engineering graduate at the University of Guelph, … 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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Girlfriends Through Time: Bridging the Distance between Guiding Generations

This year, our unit was looking at new ways for doing things. As a multi-branch unit, some of our Guiders  have been with the unit (and in Guiding!) for many years, as have  a number of our girls.  After a … Continue reading

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Our Guiding Tradition

Guides love crafts! So for their Christmas party, we decided to make a cute elf of felt and cardboard rolls.  I was new to this unit and checked that we had glue guns, but didn’t realize we were really short … Continue reading

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Violence against Women and the Role Guiders Play

During the 16 Days Campaign for the Elimination of Violence against Women, we decided to ask our members some tough but equally important questions about the role Guiders play (or can play) in stopping the violence. Below are some of … Continue reading

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Ideas Worth Sharing

First off, a confession: I’ve loved TED for a long time. I’ve watched in my car and on my computer. Who’s TED, you ask? TED is a what, not a who – it is a conference; an acronym for: Technology … Continue reading

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The Lure of Trackables

Recently on my personal blog I wrote about why geocaching is so great for kids (and for parents, too). What’s not to love? It’s a digital treasure hunt requiring a few basic supplies, a sense of adventure, and the ability … Continue reading

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The Promise Bunting Relay Race

The activity has been modified for Girl Guides of Canada. It was originally posted on  Guider Snowflake’s blog. ——————————————————————————————- I can’t really claim the credit for this activity — it is a variation on an activity featured in Guiding UK magazine. However, every … 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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Night Caching: More Than You Know!

Note: Geocaching is “…an outdoor recreational activity, in which the participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver or mobile device and other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers, called “geocaches” or “caches”, anywhere in the world.” — Wikipedia … Continue reading

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Getting Dirty and Why it’s Important

At the beginning of this Guiding year, we sat in our Brownie ring and talked about community service.  We all agreed that community service should be one of our themes for the year.  The girls came up with ways that … Continue reading

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The Longest Play Day

June 21st in Canada is the day with the most daylight hours of the year! Here’s what  ParticipAction’s had to say on their blog about this special opportunity to get out and play! —————————– As a child who loved to … 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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Sparks Score Big at Local Science Fair

Recently, the 404 Winnipeg Sparks competed in the annual Youth Encouraging Sustainability Showcase science fair. Last year, the girls won bronze for their “Local Food” project and they were really excited to come back for a second time. This year … Continue reading

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The Value of Chaos

Just like in most Brownie units, our 90-minute meetings are pretty packed! We have circle time to discuss the theme of the night, then we do an activity, games, crafts, and wrap things up with our closing. Some girls thrive … Continue reading

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The “Right” Answer

On a trip to a Veterinary Clinic, I first realized my bad habit. I had been nervous going in about how our girls would behave, even though they are usually pretty good in meetings. I was hoping they would set … 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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This Earth Day Build a Bat House

Program planning starts with an idea – a spark that with a little time and effort can quickly become a heart-warming campfire.  This is exactly what happened with the bat house project for the 157th Guide unit in the Calgary … 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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Hands-On History

I admit it – I’m a history geek. I love visiting historic sites, I search out the history section in the book store, and I regularly PVR shows on the History Channel. I have a degree in History, and training … 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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Community Counts – And So Do You!

As a Brownie (Leader), I am honest and kind. I help take care of the world around me. One of my favourite badges to work on with our girls is the Community Counts badge. For us, it has taken many … Continue reading

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Adopt a District: Twinning Challenge

This post was originally published on Guider Shannon’s website Girl Guides For Change. Thank you Shannon for allowing us to share this with our audience! —————————————— I have had the opportunity to be a part of a really cool project … 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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Bandanas and Things I Have Learned About Them

This post was originally shared on Guider Kaarina’s blog Guider Sunshine. Thank you Kaarina for allowing us to share this awesome idea! Do you have a craft or idea to share with other girl or adult Members? Pitch us your … 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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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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Picture This Badge

This is a great post by photographer Désirée and how one person can volunteer their time and expertise with a girl guide Unit in a personal and very meaningful way!  The post was originally published on Your Eye & Company … Continue reading

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The Guider Behind “Becky’s (Dragon’s) Guiding Resource Centre”

Our Who’s Who in Canadian Guiding blog column offers our Members and volunteers a place to share their favourite stories from their own Guiding experiences, and their own take on why they continue to promote the organization’s mission. Today’s post … 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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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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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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