Dis­cov­er­ing girl guides

Ceilidh Area hosts week­end of events in­clud­ing pa­rade and open house

Cape Breton Post - - Northside/Cape Breton - BY JAKOB POSTLEWAITE

Satur­day’s rainy weather didn’t stop the Girl Guides of Canada Ceilidh Area from host­ing its cel­e­bra­tion of guides in North Syd­ney this week­end.

More than 500 guides came out to show their sup­port for the event with ages rang­ing from five to 18-plus.

Start­ing at 11 a.m. at the Emera Cen­tre, the guides pa­raded down King Street and High Street on their way to the Cape Bre­ton County Ex­hi­bi­tion grounds where the cel­e­bra­tion took place.

The theme of the week­end event was Dream and Dis­cover the Magic of Guid­ing. Ac­tiv­i­ties in­cluded crafts with mem­bers of Cos­sit House, sci­ence ex­per­i­ments with stu­dents from Cape Bre­ton Univer­sity, ac­tive liv­ing and drama with the Kos­tume Kapers and a camp­fire and sin­ga­long.

The events at the ex­hi­bi­tion grounds started with an open house for the gen­eral pub­lic with ac­tiv­i­ties for the guides tak­ing place through­out the day.

A pub­lic re­la­tions booth was also set up at the open house, giv­ing new mem­bers the op­por­tu­nity to regis­ter for the 2017-18 year.

“The main fo­cus of this week­end is to try to in­crease mem­ber­ship in Girl Guides of Canada in the area,” said Gail Leighton, Ceilidh Area com­mis­sioner.

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

Leighton went on to talk about the im­por­tance of the event for the girl guides.

“Any camp is im­por­tant for girls,” said Leighton. “It gives all girls the op­por­tu­nity to camp out­side. The younger girls see the ex­am­ple set by the older ones. It also gives them some­thing to look for­ward to as they progress through the dif­fer­ent branches of the girl guides. It gives them an in­cen­tive to stay in the or­ga­ni­za­tion.”

The campers stayed overnight, sleep­ing in tents with the event wrap­ping up on Sun­day.

JAKOB POSTLEWAITE PHO­TOS/CAPE BRE­TON POST

Girl guides from across Cape Bre­ton pa­raded through North Syd­ney for the Dream and Dis­cover the Magic of Guid­ing event at the Cape Bre­ton County Ex­hi­bi­tion grounds on Satur­day.

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Girl guides gath­ered at the Cape Bre­ton County Ex­hi­bi­tion grounds on Satur­day for the Dream and Dis­cover the Magic of Guid­ing event in North Syd­ney, Satur­day.

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