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Get your Tech On

With over 10 years as a Girl Guide leader, it’s not surprising that some things have changed since I started.  Here are some of my tips for using technology as a Guider. Email is your friend – I’m a big … Continue reading

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How I spent my summer working at national office

Sarah Biggs started in Guiding as a Spark. Since then she’s transitioned through all the branches to achieve her Canada Cord, received a national scholarship, joined Link and has recently spent the summer working for Girl Guides of Canada as … Continue reading

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What I learned at Sangam

“How was India?”  “What did you do there?”  “Did you like the food?”  It has been almost two months since I arrived home from volunteering at Sangam. I had my answers all figured out: India? It was spectacular. Challenging. Captivating. … Continue reading

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Giving Back with Sparks and Sparkles!

This post originally appeared on the blog Everything But the Kid. Thank you Amy for allowing us to share this with our audience! —————————————————————– For years I have volunteered in some capacity or another with various groups and I love … Continue reading

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Come In To Sangam: Being a Sangam Volunteer

Sipping chai, I flip through the Times of India. A gecko scampers across the window in front of me. I put down the paper and reach for my camera. Too late. He’s gone. That’s alright. It’s time to plan the … Continue reading

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The “Outsider” Girl Guider

Update: This post was voted a 2012/2013 GirlGuidesCANblog Big Deal Seal winner in the Girls’ Guides category! Bravo blogger Megan! —————————— At a time when a girl can choose Scouts or Girl Guides, is there really much difference? Or can … Continue reading

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Why I Volunteer with “The Trefoil”

The other day I had to submit my resume for the chance to be a delegate at a conference. I would be representing a volunteer organization, so I felt it necessary to really highlight the volunteer experience I have, versus … Continue reading

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The Right Stuff

How hectic is your life?  If you are an urban dweller you are likely finding life busy, crowded, expensive and often tiring.  If you live in a rural area, your life is also likely busy, expensive and often tiring.  For … Continue reading

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What to Do When You Don’t Know What to Do?

This was my third year as a Guider and my first year as a contact Guider with two other ladies who were parent helpers the year before. I definitely learned a lot about myself and about dealing with ladies that … Continue reading

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What I Would Tell a New Guider

Today’s post was shared with us by Guider Cara. It was originally posted on her own Brownie Meeting Ideas blog and it is very timely for our end of Guiding year calendar. Thank you Guider Cara for letting us share … Continue reading

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Breaking the “One Night a Week Myth”

“It only takes one night”. Did someone tell you that when you were first roped into Guiding? Maybe you’ve said it yourself to a potential Guider, and maybe you’ve felt a twinge of guilt when you did. Or maybe you felt like … Continue reading

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Guiding: The Teacher

May 9th, 2012 was the annual ExploreIT event – an event that occurs at two universities and one technical school in Calgary, Alberta. The purpose of the event is to give grade nine girls the opportunity to explore information technology. … Continue reading

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Why Volunteering is like the Mafia

Volunteering is many things – selfless, altruistic, but like the mafia? Yeah, it kind of is. Because as a Dad commented to me at Sparks the other night, “Volunteering is like the mafia – once you’re in, you can’t get … 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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Guider Gone Global: The Return

A few months ago we shared a blog post by Guider Nadia, aka ‘Guider Gone Global‘, who was on “the adventure of a lifetime traveling to the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts’ World Centre in Sangam, India“. … Continue reading

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Girl Guide Membership Expiry? Never!

Blog Note: Have you noticed a few hiccups in our schedule lately? We were preoccupied online and apologize for the disruptions. We look forward to getting back into the swing of things. Maybe this break has offered you time to … 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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From Frazzled to Dartmouth Shore Area Special Events Team Member

What happens when a Guider looks at you and says “Weekly meetings just aren’t working for me.” Or, when you’re speaking to a potential recruit and she says “Yes, I would love to volunteer with Girl Guides, but not sure … Continue reading

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Forced Volunteerism – is that an Oxymoron?

It’s impossible to overstate the important role volunteers play in our communities. They shovel our outdoor rinks, coach our kids’ soccer teams and, of course, lead Girl Guide Units. Basically, I think it’s safe to say that volunteers make our … Continue reading

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Resolutions for the Happy, Healthy Guider

Did you ever wonder what the New Year’s baby would be like if the cherub was a Spark? Since there seems to be a discomfort with pointy objects that poke people, I imagine craft time would be a no-scissors affair, … Continue reading

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Guiders: Women of the Month or Everyday Women?

Why is it so hard for women in Guiding to accept praise when they go above and beyond? When GGC embarked on a campaign to find our Woman of the Month for Dove Canada, we knew there were thousands of … Continue reading

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Bustin’ a Century Year Old Girl Guide Myth

Recently I was awarded a small, silver-coloured pin. It had some stars in a circle around a large 2 and a 5. And it brought me to tears. It caused me to call both my parents, tweet a picture on … Continue reading

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Guest vlogger: How Do You Volunteer?

Community service is a big part of Girl Guides. What types of volunteering could girls do? A huge variety! Listen to what guest vlogger Indra has to say about volunteering and the impact her experiences have had on her life! … Continue reading

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Badges of Honour by Kelly Waterhouse

Update: This post was voted as a 2011/2012 GirlGuidesCANblog Big Deal Seal winner in the category ‘Oh My Guides’! Bravo blogger Kelly! ————————— Note: this post originally appeared in the Wellington Advertiser in Kelly’s column “Write Out of Her Mind,” … Continue reading

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Why Guiders are Amazing!

The end of the Guiding year has arrived for some, and only a few meetings remain for others before summer vacation. We know how amazing our Guiders and volunteers are, and so we thought we’d collect comments about the Guiders … Continue reading

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Getting Back into the Girl Guide Groove

It would seem that I am returning to the folds of Guiding.  Yes, Guiding with a capital G, as in Girl Guides. I was involved in Guiding for many years.  As a girl I started as a Brownie and went … Continue reading

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Guiding Girls Into Greatness (Part II)

Though National Volunteer Week comes to a close, the commitment of our Guiding Stars continues.  On Wednesday, we spoke to Guiding Stars Sheryl Johnson and Liane Paixao. Today, we meet Angela David and Kristyn Simmons, the other volunteers featured in … Continue reading

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Guiding Girls Into Greatness (Part 1)

April 10 – 16 is National Volunteer Week and Girl Guides of Canada (GGC) is celebrating the volunteers who make Guiding possible – our Guiding Stars. Today, meet Guiding Stars Sheryl Johnson and Liane Paixao, featured in our new Guiding Stars … Continue reading

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What is a Guiding Star?

…a luminary …an individual who advises and inspires others … a Girl Guide leader who nurtures girls into greatness A Guiding Star is all of these things and so much more. To celebrate National Volunteer Week (April 10 –16) and … Continue reading

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