Join Us!

Did you know that registration opens for new members tomorrow — Friday, June 2nd? This is for next “Guiding year” (i.e. September to June… we follow the school year). We love growing our Guiding community by having new faces join our groups. New members are encouraged to join in at any age. Some units in the district are likely to fill soon. Register your girl ASAP to secure a spot in your preferred unit.

We’re also actively recruiting adult volunteers for several of our units, so get in touch if you’re interesting in joining our vibrant group of fun-loving, dedicated volunteers. It’s a great way to make friends and be involved in your community.

Visit http://www.girlguides.ca for registration information or to apply to volunteer.

Please reach out if you have any questions at all. We’d love to hear from you!

Join the FUN!

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1st Sparks being silly at a unit meeting

What Are You Waiting For?

Our organization is only possible because of the hard work of our dedicated volunteers. Some units in Burnaby Mountain District already have wait lists. In order to support more girls by increasing our unit capacities or opening more units, we need more adults. volunteerBenefits of being a leader include membership in the world’s largest organization for girls and women, training, mentorship, and opportunities for international travel and post-secondary scholarships. We are a fun and supportive community of women who welcome new ideas and enthusiasm.

Working with girls is super fun and really rewarding. From the youngest Sparks all the way to the teenagers in Pathfinders and Rangers, our girls are the best! No experience is required — and no daughters are required either. Our adult members must be over 19, female, and pass a screening process including a police criminal records check.

Not a big fan of working closely with kids? Our district is also actively seeking volunteers for other positions “behind the scenes” such as a new treasurer and a cookie advisor.

Interested? Drop us a comment or send us an e-mail for more information. Check the Contact Us tab for how to reach us. Our district will also have representatives stationed in Lougheed Mall this coming weekend. Drop by to chat with us.

Cookies are here!

This week, more than 2500 boxes of chocolatey mint cookies arrived for our District to sell. Cookies have been distributed to units, who have given them to girls this week.

Chocolatey Mint Cookies went on sale October 1st

This year, the cookies are coming out in awesome new packaging. The new look really highlights what Girl Guides is all about. What else is new about cookies this year? Well, although it has been true of our cookies for a few years now, we are now have the nut-free symbol right on the box. Also, trans fats in the chocolatey mint cookies have gone down by 90%.

Not only does cookie selling provide funds that help us run girl programming (they help subsidize camps, pay for craft supplies, etc) it also helps every girl develop confidence and business skills. From Sparks to Rangers, our girls proudly ask “Would you like to buy a box of Girl Guide Cookies?” and are eager to tell you they’re only “$5.00 a box!”

SFU Volunteer and Community Engagement Fair

This week has been all about membership in Burnaby Mountain District! There have been two membership information sessions at local elementary schools to reach out to the youth, and we also spent time at the local university campus to reach adults.

Did you know that membership in our district is up this year, and that most of our units have less than three spaces currently available?

The day at Simon Fraser University’s Volunteer and Community Engagement Fair was an especially exciting time. We worked with Guiders from a couple of other districts to represent West Coast Area (and beyond!) at this major event attended by more than 3000 students, faculty, and staff.

Did you know that there are a variety of ways for women to get involved in our organization, and that neither experience or daughters are required?

PR Advisor Bethany and District Commissioner Gerry at our booth

We talked to several women, most of whom were university students, about their fond memories of being involved in Guiding as a a child — and considering getting involved again. Others came by hardly knowing what Girl Guides was about, but expressing interest in working with kids. We gave out cookie samples and were eager to talk about all the exciting things going on in our district this year.

Check out the great presentation board we borrowed from Area. Wouldn’t it be great to make our own, filled with memories of our district?

By the end of the fair two leaders had actually filled out registration forms and been placed in units in our district, and four others had expressed interest and asked to be contacted by our commissioner. In addition, we collected contact information from women interested in getting involved in Vancouver, Surrey, North Vancouver, and other parts of Burnaby. They will be contacted by the appropriate districts shortly.

Did you know that Guiding offers amazing opportunities for its girls and women including scholarships, training, and international travel?

Over all the SFU fair was a big success. Our Guiders are happy to be gaining the support and fresh new ideas coming from these young, talented, motivated women.

Thinking of Joining Girl Guides?

Although we accept new registrations all year long, September is a great time to get involved. Units are just getting started with the Guiding year and everyone is full of great ideas and enthusiasm.

Don’t know a lot about Guiding? That’s okay. Take a look at our Vision and Mission:

Vision


Girl Guides of Canada-Guides du Canada, the organization of choice for girls and women, makes a positive difference in the life of every girl and woman who experiences Guiding so she can contribute responsibly to her communities.

Mission


Girl Guides of Canada-Guides du Canada enables girls to be confident, resourceful and courageous, and to make a difference in the world.

How could that be a bad thing? Girl Guides is a great place to make friends, get involved in the community, engage in service projects, learn new skills, and go camping. In addition, there are opportunities for international travel, scholarships, and more.

Let us know if you’ve got any questions. We’d love to welcome any new members (girls or adults) into our organization. While you’re thinking about it, check out our Girl Greatness PSA: