Guides offers girls opportunities
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.