This week the girls in the 56th Burnaby Mountain Guides took their regular weekly meeting to local Climb Base5, Metro Vancouver’s largest climbing gym!
Some girls had been before, but for others this was a brand new experience. They spent about two hours climbing and had a great time. Girls learned about safety with the climbing harnesses and equipment.
They had a wonderful time challenging themselves to see how high they could climb on the rocky walls.
This was a great outing for the girls to have fun and try new things. It is also a great way to get active and be healthy. Thank you to the great facilitators at Climb Base5 for helping our girls have a high-reaching fantastic night!
Over the Thanksgiving weekend, girls from all units in Burnaby Mountain District participated in a cookie blitz at several local locations. Girls sold chocolately mint Girl Guide Cookies at Save on Foods, Dollar Tree, Independent Grocers, Nestor’s Market SFU, Production Way Skytrain and Lougheed Skytrain.
Even though the weather was pretty cold and rainy, girls were in great spirits as they sold the delicious treats to shoppers as they passed by. Some made up chants or songs on the spot, while others stuck to the traditional “would you like to buy some Girl Guide Cookies?”
Some of the girls are very goal-oriented. Girls from the 22nd Guides, for example, were not shy about advertising that their cookie sales are going towards a trip to Victoria in the new year. There are also girls in the district selling cookies to help them fundraise for SOAR 2017, a week long provincial camp this summer in Smithers, BC.
Other great Guiding activities supported by cookie sales in Burnaby Mountain District will include sleepovers and camps, including a district sleepover at the BC Sports Hall of Fame this spring!
Thank you to all the local businesses who supported Guiding by allowing us to sell in front of your locations, and thank you as well to all the hard working volunteers who took time time out of their busy long weekend to sell cookies with the girls.
This week, the girls in the University Highlands Guiding Unit were thrilled to welcome a very special guest speaker to their meeting. The presenter’s name is Yvonne and her program is called Skulls on Tour. She has a large collection of natural science specimens including… you guessed it: skulls!
In addition to the scientific learning opportunity the specimens provide, she talked about what it’s like to have a serious collection/hobby, and spoke about the community of other collectors that she’s become a part of. The girls and leaders found it informative on several levels.
The girls were very interested in checking out Yvonne’s collection. They got to get pretty close and even handle some of the specimens. It was a really neat chance to learn about animal physiology.
Bones, horns, teeth, and fur were all included in the display. There was so much to look at, touch, and feel. Girls were very engaged and asked lots of questions. It was fascinating! Guest speakers are such a fun way to bring something new to a regular unit meeting.
Yvonne is a Sparks leader in Vancouver and can customize her talk for any age group. For more information, or to inquire about booking Skulls on Tour for your own unit, check out her facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/skullsandoddities/.