Winter Guide Camp 2016 – A Glacier Games Camp

The first ever Provincial Guide Winter Camp in March 2014 was such a huge success that we decided to do it again!  This year, the camp took place January 29-31, 2016 and we returned to Centre de Plein Air L’Estacade in Saint-Paul-de-l’Île-aux-Noix near Lacolle.

The camp was even more popular this year than in 2014 with the camp filling up a day or two before the deadline.  There was even an extensive waiting list!

In the weeks leading up the camp, the planning committee anxiously watched the weather forecasts.  This year’s unusually mild winter made us wonder if there would even be any snow for the weekend of camp.   In order to “Be Prepared”, many of the planned outdoor activities were chosen as they were activities that could be done with or without snow.

The weekend of camp Mother Nature was very good to us!  We had just enough snow and perfect temperatures for a winter camp.

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Owls and Penguins in the Santa-Claus Parade

The Mille-Iles District participated in the Deux-Montagnes Santa-Claus parade this past weekend! They dressed up as owls and penguins and other creatures to represent Guiding in their community.

By Linda Hamelin, Mille Iles District

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A Super Sleuth Sleepover!

The 82nd Montreal Guiding Unit and 1st Montreal Sparks Unit from Monklands District invited the brand new 1st Mile End Unit from Liesse District for their very first Girl Guide sleepover.

It was a multi-unit, multi-branch (Sparks, Brownies, Guides and Pathfinders), multi-district, bilingual sleepover!  The theme of the sleepover was forensic sciences and the girls completed the CSI Challenge from BC.

On Friday night after a few icebreaker games, the girls set off into a round robin to learn about some different aspects of forensic science: fingerprint analysis, handwriting analysis, hair analysis, codes/puzzles and a Kim’s game to test their observation skills.  For a craft, the girls made a mini evidence kit.

Saturday morning, following breakfast made by the Guides and Pathfinders, it was discovered that the Brownie Toadstool and Owl had been “stolen”!  With the knowledge and skills the girls had learned Friday night, the girls used the clues/evidence that had been left behind to solve the mystery of who had stolen the Toadstool and Owl.

New friends were made and fun was had by all!  The Guiders of the 3 Units have already started to come up with ideas for future joint events to do in the spring!

By Patricia Tellis, 82nd Montreal Guiding Unit. Photos by Patricia Tellis and  Angela Pietrantonio from 1st Mile End Guiding Unit

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Remembering our veterans during enrollment

We have just had a Remembrance Day enrollment. All the unit leaders were nervous about holding it on this day, but we realised that after finishing the program work in You in Guiding, our enrollment ceremony would be in early November, it seemed like the right thing to do. It also coincided with our unit meeting.

NL_Rem_enrollment_2015_02The first thing we did was contact parents to poll them about the theme and if there were concerns about it. The response we got back was supportive and parents expressing they were happy for this.

At our unit meeting before enrollment, we explained the theme to our Guides and talked about Remembrance Day. Each and every Guide was interested in the theme. During our preparation, we made poppies in little pots, wrote letters to veterans and coloured in small paper poppies.NL_Rem_enrollment_2015

We discussed the importance of the poppy, the poem ‘In Flanders Fields’ and talked about what we normally see in a Remembrance Day ceremony. We all decided that we should hold a moments silence and sing the national anthem. The Guides even discussed if they should sing this in French or English (they voted on French because more knew that version since they sing that before hockey games.)

On the day of the ceremony we asked all parents to come forty minutes before we normally finish our unit meeting. This let us have one final practice and perfect our last few things. We turned the base of the flag pole into a giant poppy with sheets and then circled that with the poppies in pots we had made. We practiced the enrollment ceremony and marching into the room while singing the Guiding Law.

RoseAnna, our DC, haNL_Rem_enrollment_2015_03d invited a veteran, Bob, to come and speak to the
girls. We introduced him to all the parents and girls, and he read a poem about why we wear a poppy. Then, we held a moments silence. We made sure we had the Last Post music and the Reveille. Everyone was very moved by our two minutes of silence, including me. Afterwards, each girl placed a poppy on the wreath before making their promise.

The ring of poppies that has now been donated to Meals on Wheels and our Remembrance wreath will be donated to the veterans at St Anne’s Hospital along with the letters the girls wrote the week before.NL_Rem_enrollment_2015_04

After the ceremony, I was so proud of each of our Guides. Many parents thanked us in person, or sent emails afterwards, for making their daughter’s enrollment part of something bigger
and holding a ceremony that incorporated Remembrance Day.

By Jo Povall, a Guider with the 1st Northern Lights Guide Unit. 

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Our Guiding Family – Pointe-Claire District

It is not enough to acknowledge that Pointe-Claire District is one big family; you have to celebrate how they continue to make Guiding a greaClaire_Brittany_OGFt experience.

Claire Morier and Brittany Batten
District Commissioners

For Claire Morier and Brittany Batten, it all began when they took on the roles of Commissioner for Pointe-Claire District, where it all comes together! Through mutual respect, self-knowledge and innovative ideas, these ladies share a common interest coupled with an openness to be creative, flexible and listen.

About Claire:Claire_Brittany_2
Claire loves baking and trying new recipes.  She is a big reader so when she is not baking, she is usually enjoying a cup of tea and a good book.  Claire would love the opportunity to take part in an international trip with Guiding, as she has never been on one.

About Brittany:
Brittany is a nature lover and spends as much time as she can outdoors.  Besides camping, she enjoys golf and biking.  You will also find her snowboarding and snowshoeing.  She also loves cooking, which she finds therapeutic.

These young ladies are shown here at one of our Provincial Events “A Taste of Guiding” which took place last May.  They ran a minute-to-win-it station

Their go-to resource:
As a teacher, Guider and Co-Commissioner, much of Brittany’s inspiration comes from her peers.  Within Guiding, she incorporates a lot of the girls’ interests in meeting activities.

As a Guider and Co-Commissioner, Claire is very approachable and is at ease sharing her experiences with everyone she crosses within Guiding. Both of them agree that their main go-to resources are other experienced Guiders.  Claire also admitted spending too much time online and, like most of us, Brittany loves Pinterest!

A Eureka moment as District Commissioner:
Leading their first district meeting, Claire realized the magnitude of their responsibilities and felt that providing direction, order and the right motivation was intimidating but also an chance to communicate great Guiding.  She was relieved by attending District Commissioner meetings and listening to more experienced DCs.  There is so much support available if you know the right places to look.

Best activity with Guiders:
While Brittany has been an avid camper ever since she was a little girl, one of her best activities would include any camp whether with her unit or as a District.  Whenever Claire has a chance to socialize outside of the district and unit meetings, she feels it is nice getting to know Guiders outside of a strictly Guiding context.

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Our Guiding Family – Hayes-Apple Valley


Gladys McCaig
District Commissioner

Leadership is a big part in the role of District Commissioner, and engaging Guiders on all levels is how District Commissioners get the best out of their volunteers. Gladys has been key in keeping Hayes-Apple Valley thrive through challenges and change. She understands and cares very much for the ladies and girls in her district. If you attend a district meeting, you will certainly share a few laughs. Gladys can kick-start any idea as long as it is fun for the girls!

Her go-to resource(s)
Provincial office, Dawn, Piccolo, Dropbox, Canadian Guider, Member Zone,

Her Eureka moment as District Commissioner
Geez……I have done this before!

What she had to learn on the fly
Being DC second time around. Gladys was Commissioner from 1985 and 1990, and again from 2007 to the present.

Best activity with her Guiders
BBQ in the summer, an Ottawa trip and most of all CAMPS!

The biggest undertaking as District Commissioner
Rallying Guiders to attend district meetings to share ideas and express their creative abilities.

“Always listen to your Guiders”

At District Meetings, you will find
Different ideas and voices and laughter.

Now is a good time to
Get to know different leaders and District Commissioners ☺

We would like her to know
 That she has helped shape Girl Guides in the communities around her and has done so with passion and a strong sense of purpose. We are thrilled that she travels to Montréal to join us on DC days. Thank you Gladys!

This interview first appeared in the May Piccolo newsletter. The Our Guiding Family interviews are created by DC Support Specialist Elaine Keeble. Get in touch with her at

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Our Sea of Cortez Experience!

Marissa and Michelle were chosen to take part in the summer 2015 Sea of Cortez, Mexico national trip. They swam and snorkeled and helped coastal communities during eight excellent days. Click on the page below to read about their trip!


Take a look at the upcoming nationally sponsored trips too!

Marissa is a Ranger with the 1st Kirkland Rangers. Michelle is a Ranger with the Richelieu Ranger Unit.

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