December 30, 2015
I am not the type of person who is ever interested in wearing a uniform or being a uniform type of person but in about Grade 5, I guess it was: I longed to be a Girl Guide.
We had just moved to near Minnedosa, Manitoba for what turned out to be a very short stay there. In my classroom, the girls who were Guides wore their uniforms to school in the afternoon in order to go straight to Girl Guides after school ended for the day.
I long to be one of those Guides because I wanted to wear one of those uniforms. It is obvious to me, now, that I longed to fit in to the new community that I found myself in half way through the school year.
Better that I never did because it turned out much better for me to head out on “the path less taken”. Writing, doing psychic readings, travelling in many,many countries; having a child as a single-parent-by-choice and housesitting are just a few of the adventures in my life that I truly love and might never have taken if I had easily been able to “fit in”.
Things like cooking, sewing and knitting, however, are not done well by me. So being part of Girl Guides, where they learn these skills, have its benefits, no doubt.
As a journalist, you do not write only about the things that you are passionate about. Being a journalist helps you find out and learn about things that you know little or nothing about. That, in itself, is an interesting adventure:
Gulf Islands Driftwood — Penders Edition
Wednesday, August 16, 2000
Wanted: volunteers for Guides program
by Tanya Lester
Adult volunteers are needed to keep the Girl Guides of Canada in operation on the Penders.
Nancy Scott, who has been volunteering in the program for the last decade, estimates that a total of eight volunteers would be ideal in order to operate every Guide level beginning in September.
Although 15 girls were involved in the Girl Guides and Pathfinders last season, Scott said that with only two adult volunteers ( the other is Alyssa Woollcombe), it was impossible to run the younger Sparks and Brownies levels.
Volunteers do not need to have past experience to be leaders and girls can join at any age, said Scott, who did not become involved in Guides until she joined as an adult leader.
Benefits for the girls are many. “It provides the kids with a really good base for life,” said Scott. “They develop life skills and they learn about community services.”
Over the last year, the Guides ran the Christmas Craft Fair concession, were involved in the Remembrance Day parade and recently helped with the tea at the St. Peter’s Anglican Church Garden Party.
This year they will be involved with the Fall Fair as usual. They will help with trophy presentations and prepare as well as serve the light meals provided for conveners.
Scott pointed out that the Guides program has changed extensively over the years. Besides first aid and cooking, the girls now participate in computer and outdoor activities. There are sleepovers for the younger girls that progress to outdoor camping for the older participants.
Scott herself especially enjoys the camping and outdoor activities.
Community funding from the Royal Canadian Legion, the Lions Club and the Agricultural Hall Association ensures that 90 per cent of the uniforms can be provided to the girls free of charge.
The Guides usually begin operation after the Labour Day long weekend. ..
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