Dis­cover the magic of guid­ing

Ceilidh Area girl guides host open house to­day

Cape Breton Post - - News - BY JEREMY FRASER jeremy.fraser@cb­post.com

A cel­e­bra­tion of girl guides from across Cape Bre­ton Is­land will take place this week­end.

The Girl Guides of Canada Ceilidh Area will host close to 500 girls in an overnight camp event to­day at the Cape Bre­ton County Ex­hi­bi­tion Grounds in North Syd­ney.

The event will fea­ture a num­ber of ac­tiv­i­ties for par­tic­i­pants ages five to 18-plus.

The day be­gins at 11 a.m. with a pa­rade, start­ing at the Emera Cen­tre, trav­el­ling down King Street, turn­ing onto High Street to the ex­hi­bi­tion grounds, where an open house will also take place from 2-4 p.m. for the general pub­lic.

“The idea of the event is to get us out there in the pub­lic eye,” said Gail Leighton, Ceilidh Area com­mis­sioner.

“We’re al­ways try­ing to in­crease membership within the or­ga­ni­za­tion and we are hop­ing that this event will ac­tu­ally in­crease membership for our fol­low­ing guid­ing year (2017-18).”

Aside from the open house, the guides will par­tic­i­pate in roundtable ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing mak­ing crafts, tak­ing part in science ex­per­i­ments with Cape Bre­ton Univer­sity stu­dents as well as par­tic­i­pat­ing in ac­tive liv­ing and drama ac­tiv­i­ties with Kos­tume Kapers.

The day will wrap up with all girl guiders tak­ing part in a camp­fire and sin­ga­long this evening. The campers will stay overnight, sleep­ing in tents, be­fore the event

wraps up on Sun­day.

“All the dif­fer­ent dis­tricts do their own type of camps, and we do area events, but we haven’t had one this huge in a while,” said Leighton, when asked how of­ten these events take place.

Leighton said the or­ga­ni­za­tion sees a slight in­crease in membership ev­ery year.

“This year we had more of an in­crease with our guider mem­bers then we did with the girls, but that’s a good thing be­cause now we have the guiders in place and we are hop­ing to open some new units in the fall.”

The open house will also be an op­por­tu­nity for new mem­bers to reg­is­ter for the 2017-18 year. A membership booth will be set up for par­ents to reg­is­ter their child for Septem­ber.

Those who reg­is­ter be­fore June 7 will have the chance to win a gift cer­tifi­cate for the girl guides store as well as a one-year free membership, val­ued at $100.

For more in­for­ma­tion on Girl Guides of Canada, phone 1-800-565-8111 or go to www. girl­guides.ns.ca.

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