Wonderful Winter Camp

Guides from Burnaby Mountain district recently braved the snowy weather for an amazing winter camp experience at Guiding’s own Hollyburn chalet.

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This is a camp that takes lots of preparation. From planning on having the right supplies, knowing what to pack, making sure you have appropriate food… it is a big undertaking and it was fun getting the girls involved in the planning process.

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Hiking into Hollyburn is not an easy trek. But these girls did a great job! It was so exciting to be at camp with friends, especially with SO MUCH snow. Still, it was nice to relax inside with a cozy woodstove fire to keep warm.

The group took advantage of the snowy opportunities with activities like tobogganing, snowball fights, and snowshoe hiking. They also enjoyed camp cooking and skills and adapted camp traditions like making oohy gooey indoor s’mores.

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Winter camping is an experience like no other and a great memory for these girls of their time in Guides. These are experiences that last a lifetime!

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In a few short months camp will involve swimsuits and the beach… it’s funny how different our camps can be here on the wild west coast. One constant though is the company of fantastic friends.

Aurora Winter Festival with Guides

Recently, Burnaby Mountain District’s 49th Guides went on a special outing for an end-of-season finale to the Aurora Winter Festival at the PNE.
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The unit was able to make this a fun and affordable outing (including a ride pass!) because the girls were fantastic cookie sellers in the fall campaign — well done, girls!
There weren’t a lot of people there, so there was barely any waiting in line. A small assortment of rides were open, and they rode the tube slide and Super Shot, which were conveniently located beside each other. At one point the girls even stayed on the ride, time and time again.
They downloaded the app on a Guider phone, so along the Mystical Worlds lights display stroll, the girls found icons and scanned QR codes to complete the quest and each received a souvenir jingle bell ornament as a prize.
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The girls had a blast running around, and dancing in the disco igloo. It was a fun and exciting outing for the Guides. What a great way to finish 2019 with Guiding friends, and an awesome reward for an especially successful cookie campaign.

Holiday Crafts and CWFF Fundraising

The 24th Guides have been getting into festive spirit by making crafts and decorating cookies at their most recent meetings. Some favourites have included making calendars to count down to fun holiday days.

In addition to the crafts the girls made for themselves, the unit also made crafts for a CWFF fundraiser craft sale. The CWFF is the Canadian World Friendship Fund, and it supports Canadian Girl Guides getting involved internationally with the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts.

According to our national website, “The Canadian World Friendship Fund is maintained through voluntary contributions from members and friends of Guiding, to help our members to experience Guiding internationally. It offers financial assistance to adult members who have been selected to accompany girls on nationally sponsored trips, to members attending international Guiding events as GGC representatives, and to girls and adults from other Guiding countries visiting Canada for special events.

All Burnaby Mountain District units have been challenged to do a CWFF fundraiser this year. Way to go, Guides — we hope your craft sale was a success!

Equestrian Sleepover

Recently Guides from the 56th and 49th Burnaby Mountain Guide units participated in an awesome sleepover at A & T Equestrian Centre in Surrey.

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With the patient guidance of the excellent equestrian staff, the girls learned horsemanship, how to feed/take care of horses and of course how to ride!

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This was a great activity for the unit to engage with a thoughtful growth mindset — for some of the girls, the horses were a bit intimidating, especially in the beginning! But it was really wonderful to see how proud they were when they faced these fears whether that meant getting up the courage to ride, or even just to touch and interact with such a large animal.

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Girls this age seem to have a natural curiosity about horses, so they were very excited to learn and become a part of the equestrian world, even just for a night. It is an experience they are unlikely to forget! A & T Equestrian offers programs for different levels of Guiding — check out their website for more information!

Girl Guides Engage

The kids and teens of today will tomorrow grow into the adults shaping our world and making important decisions about the future of our country. During the recent Canadian federal election period, lots of Guiding groups took the opportunity for girls to learn about democracy and some of the issues driving people to the polls.

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Here in Burnaby Mountain District, the 56th Guides took the opportunity to attend the Burnaby all-candidates debate where they got to see democracy in action. They met all of the candidates from the different political parties and a few of the girls’ questions were posed to the candidates. It was a great way to get them involved in our election process.

In a few years time, these girls will be visiting the polls themselves. It is great to see them already engaging with the process!

Guides Indigenous Culture Sleepover (with bonus 80’s themed dance party)

Saturday afternoon, the 49th Guides headed out to Chilliwack for a unique sleepover. The aim was to achieve the provincial Splendid Sleepover Challenge, and they did some Girls First badgework while they were at it.

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 The group rented a 24′ majestic luxury tipi built by a woman of indigenous heritage for ceremonies, with some furnishings and heated by wood stove, with the option of an electric heater.

The girls wanted cake, so since one of the Guiders had learned how to make a reflector oven just the previous weekend in a Girl Guide OAL Tent Training, half the girls made one and the other half made the batter, and they baked the cake in the backyard using charcoal preheated in the firepit! Everyone was very excited by the success. While that baked, the girls made dream catchers and helped prepare dinner.

Once they had washed their dishes, the girls played Capture the Guiding Flags and other active games, using their flashlights, and then moved onto the traditional Girl Guides campfire singalong.

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When that ended, the party began! The girls had chosen 80’s as their theme, so some brought costumes, and they danced around to an 80’s playlist while the disco lights spun.  They had so much fun!

In the morning, their hostess made 3 different kinds of pancake and they chowed down around a roaring fire. When everything was packed up and cleaned up, the group was treated to a presentation on the cultural significance of certain ceremonial practices and items, and the history of the tipi.

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It was a great sleepover for cultural awareness — with an 80’s themed dance party because, well, why not? This event is sure to be memorable!

 

Emergency Preparedness at Guides

At a recent unit meeting, the 56th Guides learned how to make emergency heat/light sources using materials that can be found at home. In the case of a sudden emergency like a natural disaster, it would be great to have one of these Guides around to keep us warm and light our way.

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Supplies included things like tuna tins, cardboard, and crayons — all things that most families are likely to have on hand. It was also a great day for upcycling, with girls using recycled materials like cartons from Girl Guide Cookie sales!

Whether it’s camping in the outdoors or at home during an emergency, it is always the Girl Guide way to “Be Prepared!”

Guide Camp with Tie Dye!

Last weekend the 24th Burnaby Mountain Guides went to camp at beautiful Camp Olave, staying at the Kutawa site. A lot of fun was had by all, and one of the highlights of camp was getting the chance to make groovy tie dye t-shirts!

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The girls got to be creative, tying and dying their shirts according to their own imaginations. Some used lots of the colour, others took a more minimalist approach. All of the results were gorgeous! This crafty group also did some beaded crafts as well. Camp is a great time get creative.

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In addition to these activities, the girls did some classic camp things like swimming and campfire. Check out the girls sporting their freshly dyed shirts at archery and beach combing!

Other fun moments were during an Iron Chef-style cooking competition and a wonderful campfire. It sounds like such a nice weekend and a great way to wrap up the Guiding year. Other Burnaby Mountain units were camping the same weekend, so stay tuned as we may feature posts from their June camping adventures as well.

Camp Blankets

Recently, the 49th Guiders decided to use some of the girls’ hard earned cookie money to get camp blankets for each girl as a year end gift. This was just on time for the girls to bring their new blankets to camp.59533105_362280671160807_7263286084086267904_n.jpg

Camp blankets are a fun Girl Guide tradition that allows girls to sew their various crests onto the blanket as a momento. These blankets are great to stay warm around a campfire or as an extra bit of warmth while sleeping at camp. Many girls have blankets they’ve been working on for years filled with memories of their different Guiding camps, challenges, and adventures.

The 49th Guides got crests with the first letter of each girl’s name and sewed them on for them. This means there’s no way for them to get confused with who’s blanket is who’s! Together, they practiced sewing on some badges! Practicing their hand sewing skills fit into the “how to” badge, which is a cool way to incorporate program.

What a great idea! These girls all now have a camp blanket that they can keep working on for the rest of their time in Guiding — many adult Guiders even keep up the camp blanket tradition!

Girls First in Action

Girl Guides of Canada launched its newly updated program, Girls First, this past fall. Over the course of the Guiding year, our members have been getting trained in and familiar with our new program. Built on a girl-driven approach designed to give our girls choice, voice, and action, Girls First helps the Guiding experience meet the needs of each individual girl in a way that is relevant, meaningful, and fun.

Part of making Girls First work is making sure that girls have an active voice in making unit plans. How they approach their badge work, what kinds of outings they go on, and the goals they have for camps or community service projects depends on the girls in that unit and what they are interested in. Our 49th Guides recently shared some photos of a Girls First planning day with their unit. Girls loved getting involved in making plans!

Part of their exercise was thinking of all the things they had already done that year to figure out how it maps into the Girls First program (so they know what badges they’ve earned!) and to give them some guidance for what they should try next.

From group brainstorming to exploring the various Program Areas and Themes within Girls First, there is a lot that girls can do to shape their Guiding journeys. Based on their collective efforts, the 49th Guides were able to identify topics that their girls have liked or still want to explore like Guiding traditions, active living, wellness, STEM, and leadership.

Girls First is a bit of a learning curve (did you know the program is now entirely online rather than in traditional book format??) but we’re super excited about how it puts girls in the driver’s seat. It’s a program that really does allows each girl to be everything they want to be.