Recipe for a Thinking Day Ceremony à la Valois-Dorval
What do you get when you mix 4 third year Guides, 2 Pathfinders, 2 Ranger & 6 Guiders together to help plan a Thinking Day event?
After 3 planning meetings, the set-up, a practice run and a sound check the night before (with special thanks to some supportive dads) Valois-Dorval held a beautiful Thinking Day Ceremony on Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at the Valois United Church in Pointe Claire, Quebec.
The girls planned the entire evening. The starting point was on the song “I am one voice” (I am 1 in 10 million) sung as a solo by a Ranger and Pathfinder. The theme of the evening was; being different but the same. With this in mind the girls chose the songs to sing; planned what to say during a candle lighting ceremony honouring the 5 regions of WAGGGS, our founders and what Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting have given the world; prepared a powerful power point presentation about “If our World was a Village of 100 Girl Guides”; researched and prepared a slide show and bookmarks illustrating Girl Guide and Girl Scout uniforms, badges and promises from more than 20 countries; and we even had a Ranger arrange a discount from her employer so they could offer a very yummy snack afterwards.
All 8 units; with over 120 girls and 22 leaders, and the girls’ parents were invited to attend. Each unit was represented by girls who had the opportunity to carry a flag, light a candle, or help lead the promise during the evening ceremony, which lasted just over an hour.
We were very excited to be joined by our Provincial Commissioner, Pamela Rice, and our Deputy Commissioner, Amber Lebrun who attended and walked in proudly with our colour party.
It was a wonderful evening with a great message that while Guiding may be different in other countries, we are all very much the same. The girls effectively communicated to their peers and parents that we all want the world to be a better place and we are continually taking action to do so. Another great message which everyone left with was “We are one in 10 million…but we are not alone”.
Some of the girls were asked what they thought of the evening…. One responded, “I loved that we got to plan and organize the evening and then watch it happen, it was cool”. Another girl just said “WOW”
Yup, “WOW”, that about sums it up.
About our Guest Blogger: Charyl Hyndman is a Guider with the 2nd Strathmore Guide Unit, she is also DC for the Valois-Dorval District and a proud Mom of 2 committee members . If you are interested in guest blogging, please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.