When I worked for VIA Rail Canada in Winnipeg, one of the on-train service supervisors used to say, “Nothing finer than dinner in the diner (the transcontinental diner)!”. Well, I could apply that adage to the weekend of September 27-29, 2013. “Nothing finer than a glorious weekend at Wa-Thik-Ane” – it doesn’t rhyme but how true it is!
The September weekend of the 27-29th was a wonderful weekend when the weather gods shone on us and our camp sites were almost full. There were Brownies, Guides, Pathfinders and Rangers galore. The bluff was well visited including a Ranger visit at sunrise on Sunday. Every trail was hiked and many camp skills learned and practiced. Guiders used their imaginations to help the girls learn.
The Pathfinder unit from Mille Iles (Saint-Eustache area) used Barbies to teach the girls about what clothing was not appropriate for camping and which clothing was by having them make clothes for each situation. Pathfinders and Rangers from Lakeshore pitched in and prepared ‘fire kits’ and ‘snack packs’ for the Fall Day Camp of October 5.
Saturday night saw camp fires burning with beautiful songs floating in the air. Of course, the silly ones came out too. All part of the sisterhood of Guiding! The Pathfinders and Rangers even politely sat through a Guider rendition of “Where have all the flowers gone” – a Vietnam War protest song. Of course, they didn’t have clue what the Guiders were referring to when they spoke of the Vietnam War. Yet in true Guiding fashion, they didn’t laugh. It always impresses me how our girl members respect Guiders of all ages.
With the weather for the preceding week being so dry, we were provided with an excellent opportunity to take down the vast majority of tents on the various sites. Kirsti Harris, the Guider in Charge for the weekend, taught the girls and Guiders how to take down the tents and store them. In no time, almost all the tents were stored. Several members of the Camp Property Committee also worked hard that weekend to take in the docks and take down the remaining tents. All part of putting Wa-Thik-Ane to bed for the winter!
I am sure that the girls and Guiders went home with fond memories and great pictures to share.
By guest blogger Pamela Rice. Pamela is Québec Provincial Commissioner and a Ranger Guider with the 1st Kirkland Ranger Unit. If you are interested in guest blogging, please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.