Girl Guides are known for selling cookies, but did you ever wonder what else do they do? In Albert County they do a lot thanks to the dedication and hard work of both the leaders and guiders. From Sparks through Pathfinders (aged 5-15), the groups meet weekly from mid-September to the first of June. This past winter the guides made crafts, visited the SPCA, did community service, visited Forest Dale residents, hiked, went bowling, had sleepovers, and made exciting plans. Guiding gives the girls opportunities to travel, meet new people, and develop skills and friendships that will last a lifetime.
In July, four girls travelled to Sylvan Lake, Alberta, for an international Girl Guide camp entitled “Guiding Mosaic” where they joined with 2852 participants from 14 different countries and all across Canada. They even got to go to the Calgary Stampede for a day.
In July, one girl from Albert County was the only one chosen from Atlantic Canada to join seven other girls from across Canada to travel to London, England, to attend an international camp.
All this travelling and adventure takes a lot of fundraising. The leaders, parents and girls of the Shepody units are constantly at work. Selling cookies helps but they have ongoing fundraisers; for example, they help the local Lioness group the last Thursday of every month by serving a canteen of goodies at the Albert Recreation Center bingo. There is an ongoing bottle drive held at one of the leaders’ homes where people drop off or call, to have their bottles collected. Recently you may have seen some guiders providing supper for the Chase the Ace Crowd at the Fundy Curling club.
The girls have set their sights towards next summer. For the Brownies, there will be an interprovincial Brownie Camp somewhere in New Brunswick for girls from all over Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick. The Girl Guides are working for the opportunity to attend the international Camp in Smithers, BC, where some 2800 girls will attend. In the past, girls from the Alma-Albert area have been chosen to attend camps in Costa Rica, Scotland, Switzerland and Australia. These amazing opportunities help the girls broaden their horizons and see other places, as well as meet people and make friends from all over of the world.
If you are interested in knowing more about the guiding movement or how to join visit Girl Guides of Canada New Brunswick Council to find a Guiding opportunity near you.
Written by Joanne Butland and Cheryl Anderson