Girl Guides: more than good cookies

We will be accepting new registrations at the Vanderhoof Rec Fair, Sept. 10th from 10 am – 2:00 pm at the Friendship Centre.

Girl Guides are accepting new registrations at the Vanderhoof Rec Fair on Sept. 10 from 10 am – 2:00 pm at the Friendship Centre.

Girl Guides are accepting new registrations at the Vanderhoof Rec Fair on Sept. 10 from 10 am – 2:00 pm at the Friendship Centre.

September signals a new school year….and a new season of Girl Guides!  We will be accepting new registrations at the Vanderhoof Rec Fair, Sept. 10th from 10 am – 2:00 pm at the Friendship Centre.  On-line registrations are currently being accepted at www.girlguides.ca

What makes Girl Guides a special opportunity for your daughter?  This organization, which has over 10 million members worldwide, focuses on enabling girls to be “confident, resourceful and courageous, and to make a difference in the world”.  This philosophy is the cornerstone for the Guiding program and creates a framework for Girl Guide activities.

We all know that Girl Guides sell pretty awesome cookies (Chocolatey Mint Cookies will be for sale mid-October) but this fundraiser is a key for opening a whole world of adventure and challenge to the girls.  Girls are encouraged to rise to their potential through a wide range of experiences. They challenge themselves with new sports and physical activities; for example, our Vanderhoof girls have tried hiking, canoeing, snowshoeing, roller skating, yoga, horse riding, and rock climbing.  They learn about the Arts with singing, dancing, drama and crafts.  They learn new skills such as sewing, cooking, woodwork, science experiments, and geocaching.  They play games, make friendships and learn leadership skills.  They learn about camping, the outdoors and how to respect and protect the environment.  Girls learn about being positive community and global citizens by participating in many service projects.  For example, last year our girls were involved with the “90 Trees for 90 Years” tree planting project.  The girls play an active role in choosing what they will do at their weekly meetings—guaranteed they will be busy finding fun, friendships and adventures!

Sparks is for girls aged 5 & 6 (K-Gr. 1), Brownies 7 – 8 yrs (Gr. 2 -3), Guides 9 – 12 yrs (Gr. 4 – 7) and Pathfinders are 13 + years.  Opportunities are also there for older girls who would like to join as Rangers.  Many travel opportunities, as well as scholarship and school credit options are available for older girls involved in Guiding.  Adults are also welcome to become involved as leaders or with other volunteer roles.

Girl Guides offers a wide variety of experiences to help your daughter discover what she can do, introduce new interests and develop self-confidence, resourcefulness, citizenship and leadership skills.  Interested in finding out more about this great girls’ program?  Call Laura Freeman at 567-6997 for more information.