“You had me at Sparks”

[Editor’s Note: This text is being printed with permission from Daphne S., who presented this speech at the Québec Council’s 2013 Annual General Meeting, held on May 2nd.]

Daphne at Snow Trails

Daphne at Snow Trails, Feb 2013

Hi, my name is Daphne, I am 15 and I’m a first year Ranger. I have been in Guiding for eleven years now and plan to stay in maybe even as long as Nancy Shaw [Editor’s Note: Nancy Shaw was recognized for 55 years of membership at the 2013 AGM].

I can still remember my first mother/daughter District camp up at Camp Wa-Thik-Ane as a Spark. It was called the Wizard of Wa. When I first set foot on Huron, it was love at first sight. What with all the singing, the crafts, the games, the challenges, there was barely any time to even consider being bored. I never wanted to click the heels on my ruby slippers. From then on, I knew that I just had to camp more, explore more and learn more within the Guiding community. And guess what? I totally did! I’ve been to dozens of summer and Districts camps up at Wa-Thik-Ane.  I went to Guiding Mosaic in 2010 in Guelph, Ontario in honor of the 100 years of Guiding and I had a blast! It was the longest and the furthest I had ever been away from my family at the time, but I wasn’t scared because I knew that I would have fun.  I met tons of new people, learned a bunch of new songs and it really showed me how Guiding can bring people together.

Daphne with the Ireland Patrol

Daphne with the Ireland Patrol (2nd from right, Front row)

Through all my years in Guiding, I would have to say that my greatest experience so far was my trip to London/ Ireland this past summer. I acquired so many new skills even before leaving such as dedication to fundraising, how to pack my bag, what to bring and so on. During the trip itself I learned to be more responsible by taking care of myself and my own things and by being independent and resourceful whilst away from my home and family. The trip was absolutely spectacular, I met loads of amazing people who I still talk to regularly and I made memories that I will never forget. Ever since then, I have been encouraging all the Guides I meet to stay in Guiding so as to go on great trips like I was lucky enough to.  As a matter of fact chocolate, I have been selected to go on a trip to Our Chalet in Switzerland chocolate this summer with 8 girls and 2 leaders from all over Canada chocolate that I have never even met before chocolate. I can’t wait to get there and chocolate discover new and interesting things about chocolate the Guides there and hopefully visit… a chocolate factory.

Daphne as a Spark (3rd from left, 2nd row)

Daphne as a Spark (3rd from left, 2nd row)

Girl Guides has not only been a fun and educational experience, but a life changing one as well. It has helped bring me out of my shell by enabling me to meet new people and create everlasting friendships. It boosted my self-confidence by showing me that I am more than just a grade on an exam or a ranking in a competition but a bright young woman who has skills and talents in areas that they don’t teach you about in school like starting a fire, leading over 100 girls in song at a campfire, shoveling snow all day into a huge mound to later spend the night in it. Only an organisation like Girl Guides could achieve something like that. Guiding has taught me new and useful things, let me explore new places and try different activities that I never would have dreamed of trying on my own. It opens doors to an infinite amount of possibilities.  It brings out the best in girls and women everywhere.

With all this being said, I was never very hard to convince because, really ladies, you had me at Sparks.

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4 Responses to “You had me at Sparks”

  1. CLICK! :) says:

    This is fabulous: she’s a well-spoken young lady! I missed out on Guides as a kid but my oldest LOVES it and I’m pretty sure you had her at (chocolate) Brownies! There is no doubt in my mind that Girl Guides all but cured my daughter’s mild separation anxiety; from wouldn’t let us leave her alone in her room to tent camping for a week at TRHAC. Unbelievable! You also, through her, pulled me in, and at 39 years old and a 1-year Guider I have my first tent camp (and WIDE game session led) under my belt. Anyway, kudos to Girl Guides & to this great speech: thank you for sharing it!

  2. Nancy Shaw says:

    I think this is exactly why Guiders stay in Guiding to see the Girls grow. I think it is a positive atmosphere for the girls to feel their way and experience such a wide range of opportunities and experiences. This atmosphere then fosters self-esteem and then there is no stopping them. Long time Guider.

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