Camp Kanaka with Guides

Last month girls from the 22nd Guides and 49th Guides in Burnaby Mountain District went camping together to Camp Kanaka, a Girl Guide camping property in Maple Ridge. They stayed at the platform tent site, Naka Naka Naka.

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Despite some yucky weather, they ate great food (that girls helped prepare), had a campfire, hiked, played a variety of games, made fun crafts, and had a dance party that the girls organized.. and through it all, new friendships were formed!

Isn’t it funny how at camp everyone has so much fun working together in the kitchen? At home cooking can be a chore, but at camp it’s so much fun!

One highlight was the hike, which some girls enjoyed so much they opted to continue to make an even longer nature adventure.

Handshake murder, a monk’s meal, and a musical version of capture the flag were all included in the weekend of silly fun. There was also opportunities for girls to take some down time with crafts or fancy colouring pages. The dance party was especially popular, with girls canvassing their fellow campers to find out what songs needed to be included on the playlist.

The rain didn’t dampen any spirits as all the girls had a great time. Springtime camping is always such an adventure. These girls are now all set for district camp in June!

Brownie restaurateurs for the night

This week, for their last meeting before the winter break, the 54th Brownies had a great meeting where they got to take on the roles of restaurant owners and chefs. The girls worked together to make their menus, set tables, and do the prep work and cooking to share a great meal together.

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The food was simple, but full of crowd favourites. The girls prepared veggies and dip for their appetizer, mini pizzas for the main course, and a creative dessert of cookies and grinch kebabs! Everyone took great care to use the kitchen equipment safely and because they were cooking for all of their friends, they took great attention and care to their jobs!

The Brownies showed lots of consideration for each other. Two girls took initiative and decided to write names on the drink cups so they didn’t get mixed up. Great idea girls! This was very helpful when they set the tables.

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Cooking with Brownies is always an adventure and the leaders say this was a contender for their favorite meeting so far! As we know from camp, our girls love to eat! What fun 🙂

Iron Chef: Best Appetizer, 12th Rangers!

Burnaby Mountain District is very proud of our 12th Rangers for being awarded Best Appetizer at the 2015 West Coast Area Iron Chef competition.

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Every year, Pathfinders and Rangers from Burnaby, New Westminster, Vancouver, Richmond, and Ladner gather for an intense competition of outdoor cooking skills. Using the kinds of cooking equipment they would have access to at camp, girls prepared a full meal Iron Chef style at Deas Island regional park in Delta. The annual competition has a Halloween-theme as it always takes place at the end of October.

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Their winning dish in the appetizer category, an Egg Salad Skeleton Wrap (pictured above), was judged based on taste, presentation, creativity, and nutrition.

It’s good to know that the 12th Rangers will be well fed when they go to camp this year. Clearly, these girls have great skills. Way to go!

District Planning and Cutthroat Kitchen

With September, the start of the Guiding year, just around the corner, Guiders from Burnaby Mountain district gathered yesterday for their annual planning day. The morning featured training sessions to help new Guiders understand how to run the Guide program and to give tips and tricks for running a unit including planning, communication, and conflict management. In the afternoon there was a planning session where topics such as cookies, fundraising, and district events were discussed — there’s a lot of fun stuff in the works for this year!

Cutthroat_Kitchen_LogoOf course we wouldn’t really be Girl Guides if we didn’t incorporate an element of real FUN into the day. Our mid-day activity was a team-building exercise based on the Food Network TV show Cutthroat Kitchen. Guiders were put into teams to cook a main dish, side dish, and dessert in just 45 minutes, with crazy challenges thrown in for extra chaos.

SAM_2990Cooking started out with a frenzied collecting of ingredients from the pantry. Teams quickly put together their plans and got to work. Throughout the event, however, the host (District Commissioner Gerry) would announce challenges that teams would bid on to inflict on another team to try to sabotage them. Challenges including having to pause to sing campfire songs, having to use a teeny tiny frying pan to cook your food, having to wear one oven mitt for the duration of the game, and having to be handcuffed to another teammate. SAM_2994Above is one player cooking her meat in a tiny pan, and below are two players both handcuffed and oven mitted, attempting to plate their meal.SAM_2995The event was judged by District co-treasurers Nikki and Chris, along with Area Commissioner Donna. The meals, shown plated below, showed great creativity and were remarkably tasty given the limited amount of time, single shared kitchen, and the challenges inflicted.

SAM_3004 More than enough food was made for everyone to enjoy lunch out of their creations. Dishes included prawn stir fry, sloppy joes, chow mien noodles, spinach pasta salad, and peach tarts. Leaders had a great time being silly and competing against each other. In the end, leaders from three units split of the prize of $100 for their unit’s bank accounts.

Rangers Practice Cooking

In anticipation of the Area level Iron Chef competition for Pathfinders and Rangers in which girls form patrols to create delicious meals on camping equipment, both the 14th Pathfinders and the 12th Rangers had meetings last week to practice their skills. The Rangers have some pictures to share from when they took over a leader’s kitchen.

Sept-Oct 2013 139The actual competition, happening on Saturday, features guest judges including real food critics. For the practice, leaders gave feedback to the girls on how to improve their creations. One of the Rangers’ creations was called “Thai-ish Rice” which got kudos from the leaders for its coconut flavour and the siriacha spooky face (the competition’s theme is “Frankenstein’s Masterpiece”). They would have liked to see the rice better cooked though — the crunchy rice wasn’t as appetizing as it could have been.

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The biggest success of the evening was that all the girls had a great time and showed great teamwork in the kitchen. The cinnamon apple dessert was quite tasty, and the leaders liked some of the creativity that they saw.

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Will Burnaby Mountain’s mixed Pathfinder/Ranger patrol bring home the trophy? It will be even trickier to cook on the camp equipment, outside in the cold… but these girls are up for the challenge. More importantly they are ready to have fun.

 

Iron Chef Competition at Woodward’s Landing

A few weeks ago (October 27th), the 12th Burnaby Mountain Rangers participated in West Coast Area’s Iron Chef competition. Girls in groups of 4-6 were asked to prepare a three course meal on camping cooking equipment using the secret ingredients provided.

This late-October event had a Halloween theme. One of the guest judges, Mijune Pak (of FollowMeFoodie blogging fame!) posted about the event, including plenty of pictures. Check out her post here!

Our Rangers won a certificate for Best Food Descriptions — check out some of their work!

Main Course Menu Card — Photo credit: Follow Me Foodie

And the food that accompanies it! — Photo credit: Follow Me Foodie

One of our adult members, Co-Treasurer Niki, attended as a judge as well. She said that the event was tonnes of fun and that nobody even noticed the rainy weather.

Judges Mijune (left) and Niki (right) tasting somebody’s entry — Photo credit: West Coast Area

Big thank yous go out to all the hardworking individuals at West Coast Area who helped to plan and execute this awesome activity for older girls. It was a really fun day.