Girl Guides of Canada
Thompson Nicola Area
Girl Guides of Canada is the leadership organization of choice for girls and women in Canada, offering Members the experience of a lifetime.
Guiding is an accepting environment. The programs and activities are exciting, and offer girls the chance to discover new interests and to learn valuable leadership skills with friends. Guiding gives girls the tools and resources they need to achieve greatness.
Guiding is a chance to become part of your community by helping girls to develop their potential. It’s a place for personal growth, mentoring and travel opportunities.
Membership benefits include:
•A wide range of activities for girls and women; including, leadership development, global awareness and environmental stewardship
•Belonging to the world’s largest organization of girls and women, the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts
•Challenging yourself with the emotional security that can come only from an all-girls environment
•Having the opportunity to apply for post-secondary scholarships
•Applying for international trips that provide the chance to participate in development projects and to discuss global issues such HIV/AIDS and Human Rights.
Brownies ages 7-8
Brownies is a place for girls to be girls. Joining a group (unit), girls learn to share and work together, enjoying the fun and rewards of their accomplishments.
What do Brownies do?
Brownie units meet once a week. Meetings evolve around a program designed to encourage and develop each girl’s individual identity and to support positive relationships with others.
The Brownie Program allows Brownies to gain confidence by learning skills they can use in their daily lives; everything from safety and
eco-awareness to the importance of healthy choices. No two Brownie Meetings are alike, but girls can anticipate –
*Creating crafts and artwork *Exploring science and nature *Making friendships
*Working at community service projects *Celebrating cultures and events *Learning to use basic tools
Brownies work on exciting badges, go camping, visit interesting places and most of all, they have fun.
Sparks ages 5-6
Sparks is where the Guiding adventure begins
What do girls in Sparks do?
The girls will meet once a week for one hour. The leader (Guider) will plan weekly activities for the girls to do together, helping them to become aware of their community and to make new friends.
The Sparks Program encourages the girls to try a bit of everything in a safe and fun atmosphere
They will also have the opportunity to start collecting badges recognizing their efforts. No two Spark Meetings are alike, but girls can anticipate
*Visiting neighbourhood landmarks *Making crafts and singing songs *Exploring the arts
*Preparing simple snack *Discovering outdoors *Planning a sleepover
Sparks learn to share and to work together in their community.
Guides ages 9-11
Who are we? We are girls - new to Guiding or coming up from Brownies
How’d you like to …
Have fun and to make new friends? -or-Do new things or learn more about things you know?
Can you imagine …
Waking up to girls excited about a new day at camp? – or -Being apart of a new experience with your friends on the weekend?
What do Guides do?
Meet once a week– The fun begins once you decide what you’d like to accomplish. Together, the Unit works to plan and organize activities, camps and outtings. And of course, you’ll have a blast hanging out with other girls.
No two Guide Meetingsare alike, but you can anticipate–
*Sleeping at pj parties *Eating for fun and health *Planning activities and entertainment
*Camping under the stars *Helping the community *Working with friends
Always fun and never boring – that’s what Guides is about.
Pathfinders ages 12-14
Do you know who they are? Girls of all shapes and sizes, with loud or quiet voices.They are new to Guiding or coming up from Guides.
What do Pathfinders do?
They meet once a week - some meetings are for planning and others are for playing. The girls make their plans with the guidance of an adult leader. A Pathfinder has the opportunity to take the lead, and to get involved. Working together, girls learn the power of teamwork, and their personal contribution.
International travel can be an option particularly, to the Guiding World Centres in Mexico, England, Switzerland and India.
No two Pathfinder meetings are alike, but girls can anticipate–
*Planning an accessory fashion show *Organizing a spa weekend *Budgeting for a trip
*Leading activities for younger girls *Learning new adventure skills *Making a CD or movie
Pathfinders are on a path to discovering who they are and what they can do.
Rangers ages 15-18
Are young women new to Guiding or coming up from Pathfinders.
As a Ranger, you’ll enjoy the opportunities and benefits of membership. The Ranger Program encourages: leadership, teamwork and service. You can create the experience you want, by doing the activities and planning together as a group or individual. Adult mentors will help you to shape your own program to achieve your goals.
International travel can be an option; particularly, to the Guiding World Centres in Mexico, England, Switzerland and India.
As a Ranger, you will have the chance to:
*Organize adventures *Work with Scouting on co-ed events *Plan a weekend away
*Learn to budget *Organize a community service project *Apply for Girl Guides of Canada scholarships
*Participate in global development projects
Rangers working together are a dynamic team.
Adult Membership - You can make a difference in a girl’s life
Volunteering with Girl Guides is a rewarding way to help girls and young women develop the best within themselves. Give a little, gain a lot. No matter how much time you have to give, there’s a place for you in Guiding – an organization that is for girls, by girls and all about girls.
Guiding is the place for today’s women! Joining Girl Guides of Canada is about more than just helping girls achieve greatness. It's also a chance to take advantage of personal and professional development opportunities that we offer our adult Members.
Through Guiding, you can develop skills like
*Proram delivery *Leadership *Communication
*Financial management *Team building *Event planning
*Youth engagement *Risk management *Conflict management
*Human resources *International relations
We're always accepting new Members and you can join anytime throughout the year.
Extraordinary Options, or Extra Ops, is for girls aged 12-17+ who are more interested in the 'doing' of Guiding and less interested in earning the badges and recognition available in Pathfinders or Rangers. This is definitely for girls who want to pursue their interests in a very focused way.
The Thompson Nicola Area offers the Trex Extraordinary Option
Trex is for young women who love to tackle challenging, exciting and bold outdoor adventures. Trex challenges girls to spend their Guiding time enjoying Canada's great outdoors, testing their limits as they push themselves to overcome obstacles and achieve new goals.
Trefoil Guilds are for Guiders either active or retired who are 30 years old and over who wish to maintain a contact and association with Girl Guides. They are full Members of Girl Guides.
They have various interests from camping and hiking to quilting to lunching to attending lectures to helping with girl registrations or adult trainings, to plays and visiting museums or all of the above depending on the interests and abilities of the Members of each Guild.
Women join the Trefoil Guild to keep the spirit of Guiding alive, provide opportunities for fellowship, learning and fun and give service to Guiding and the community
Trefoil Guild activities include visiting places of interest, enjoying social activities, engaging in non-Guiding events, contributing to Guiding and the community, helping as resource people,and participating in local, provincial and/or national Guiding activities and events
When do they meet? Some meet monthly, others less frequently, during the day or evening, weekdays or weekends
The Thompson Nicola Area hosts two Trefoil Guilds.