Guides of­fers girls op­por­tu­ni­ties

The Drumheller Mail - - CLASSIFIEDS - Patrick Ko­lafa The Drumheller Mail file­photo mailphoto by Patrick Ko­lafa

The Girl Guides are an in­sti­tu­tion t hat f or over 100 years ha s supp or­ted young girls de­velop and grow.

The Drumheller First Girl Guide ha s c on­tin­ued t hat tra­di­tion of­fer­ing pro­grams for young girls from 5 to 17.

Donna Thoma s ha s b een with Gir l Guide sf or 34 years. She s ees g reat v alue in the pro­gram. said Thoma s, who is ag ain a le ader w ith t he Sp arks. “When you ha ve t hem f or two ye ars in a r ow, t hey are sh y a t first but t hen they blos­som into beau­ti­ful young ladie s. Whether it is the way we work with them or just giv­ing con­fi­dence.”

She sa ys t he g uides als o have the op­por­tu­nity to di­rect t heir pr ogram t oward what t hey f eel ar e ar eas of in­ter­est.

The Guide s pr ogram of­fer Sp arks, Br own­ies, Gir l Guides, Pa thfind­ers, and Rangers. The y ty pi­cally meet once a week.

One opp or­tu­nity t hat could c ome f rom t he pr ogram is in­ter­na­tional travel.

“The g irls ha ve a g reat op­por­tu­nity to go on in ter­na­tional travel. It is a g reat three-year project to plan a trip. You learn how to fundraise, and t hen le arn about flights and a bout t ech­nol­ogy in other coun­tries,” said Thomas. “The ex­pe­ri­ence of just be­ing out of the coun­try in it­self is phe­nom­e­nal.”

The Drumheller First Girl Guides are also lo ok­ing for lead­ers a t all le vels. Gir l Guides is re­ward­ing to lead­ers as well.

“I c an’t say enough a bout the pro­gram, it is f or women and for girls. That is why we ne ed le aders t o c arry on,” said Thoma s. “I t g ives me a s ense of ac com­plish­ment t hat I c an t ouch one lit­tle life.”

The Girl Guides will be at the Sp orts Re cre­ation and Arts Expo.

The First Drumheller Girl Guides of­fer pro­grams for girls from 5 to 17.

All kinds of ac­tiv­i­ties will be on dis­play at the an­nual Fall Sports, Re­cre­ation and Arts Expo on Wed­nes­day, Septem­ber 13.

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