New adventures for Girl Guides of Canada

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Photo: Ruby Pratka from QCT archives

Girl Guide leader Jennifer Donaldson invites English-speaking girls from across the region to join Girl Guides.

Girl Guides of Canada has embarked on a new and exciting girl-driven adventure! We are launching our new Girls First program this September. Through Girls First, every girl in Guiding can be everything she wants to be.

This new program puts girls’ interests front and centre! We invite and encourage every girl to be actively involved in her Guiding experience. The program has been developed based on what girls told Guiding they want – from activities, content and topics to the kinds of skills they want to learn.

The Girls First program is our first ever web-based, digital program. Every girl, with her parents’ consent, will be able to choose her own activities and challenges and ultimately create her own Guiding adventure online. This web-based platform will allow content to consistently change, grow and meet every girl’s needs and interests.

Most of all, Girls First is fun! Whether you’re a camper, an advocate, an explorer, an experimenter, a tinkerer, a budding artist or a do-it-yourselfer, this new program has something for everyone.

What does girl-driven mean, you ask?

Choice – Girls pick what they want to do and what they want to get out of Guiding.

Voice – The program is relevant to girls’ needs and they have the ultimate say in everything they do.

Action – What girls do in Guiding helps them contribute to making the world a better place in ways that matter to them.

This new program is totally flexible and encourages self-discovery and exploration. It takes a feminist approach by showcasing female role models and empowering girls.

The foundation of our girl-driven Girls First program is based on five principles:

• Safe Space – Guiding is a supportive environment.
• Growth Mindset – Guiding is about meeting you where you are and helping you grow.
• Positive Identity – As a girls’ organization, we want to inspire girls to dream BIG!
• Shared Leadership – Leadership is about ownership, responsibility and contribution.
• Engaging Community – Guiding will equip girls with the skills and opportunities to engage in their local community.
This new program will have seven brand new areas for all our girls to explore: Guiding Together, Exploring Identities, Building Skills, Be Well, Experiment and Create, Connect and Question and Take Action. We have new badges and tons of new challenges, activities and content.

Register your daughter now for an experience she’ll never forget at Girl Guides of Canada.

The troop’s new meeting location is the Eastern Québec Learning Centre, 3005 Rue William-Stuart. Groups meet on Tuesdays at the following times: Sparks: 6 - 7 p.m., Brownies: 6 - 7:30 p.m., Guides and Pathfinders: 6 - 8 p.m.
For more information, contact Jennifer Donaldson at 581-989-5366 or [email protected], or come see us at our information table at VEQ Fall Fest on Saturday, Sept. 15 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at St. Vincent Elementary School, 995 Ave. Wolfe.

The new program will still include selling Girl Guide cookies! The chocolatey mint cookies will be arriving shortly and still sell for only $5 a box. This is a wonderful way to help support an amazing organization!