Lo­cal Guide troupes hold camps to cel­e­brate 100 years of Guid­ing in prov­ince

The Labradorian - - Editorial -

To help kick off the 100th Guid­ing year in New­found­land and Labrador, two dis­trict camps were held at the Chris­tian Youth Camp out­side of Happy Val­ley-Goose Bay for lo­cal Guides over two sep­a­rate week­ends in Septem­ber.

The theme, in keep­ing with the 100-year an­niver­sary, was Labrador Legacy Camp.

A con­test was held among the lo­cal mem­bers of the Lake Melville Dis­trict to de­sign a camp crest to be earned by those at­tend­ing.

The cri­te­ria was the crest had to re­flect what camp­ing, Girl Guides and the 100th year meant to the girls. The win­ning sub­mis­sion was drawn and sub­mit­ted by third year Guide Am­ber Ernst with the 1st Happy Val­ley Guide Unit.

The week­end of Sept. 21-23 was camp one for the two younger units con­sist­ing of Sparks and Brown­ies, ages five to eight years. On the Fri­day evening there were 31 girls and eight guiders reg­is­tered and in at­ten­dance.

Camp started with an open­ing cer­e­mony, girls be­ing di­vided into pa­trols, crafts, and pre­sen­ta­tion of adult guiders camp blan­kets with all the older earned badges and crest for view­ing. The evening ended with snacks, a camp­fire and camp­fire songs.

Satur­day af­ter break­fast girls hiked, learned to cook on “buddy burn­ers” and learned about com­pass and trail signs. Satur­day evening was event­ful as a wind­storm blew out the power and downed trees at the camp. For the safety of all in­volved, camp ended early and by late Satur­day evening it was brought to a close.

The week­end of Sept. 28-30 saw camp two for the three older units con­sist­ing of Guides, Pathfind­ers and Rangers, ages 9-15.

On the first evening there were 29 girls and eight guiders reg­is­tered and in at­ten­dance. Camp started with the rais­ing of the flags, girls were as­signed cab­ins and tents, pre­sen­ta­tion of Adult Guiders Camp Blan­kets with all the older earned badges and crest for view­ing.

The evening ended with snacks, a camp­fire and camp­fire songs. Sev­eral tents full of girls braved the frosty weather and spent the night in tents.

Satur­day af­ter break­fast girls hiked the Birch Brook Ski trails and learned about trail signs and com­pass use.

Lunch was again pre­pared out­side us­ing buddy burn­ers. Crafts and free time were an af­ter­noon treat.

Satur­day evening saw an­other camp­fire and the girls tak­ing part in a night hike to Birch Brook to star gaze and ex­plore in the dark. The evening was fin­ished with fire­works and snacks.

On Sept. 30, all units from Sparks to Rangers were in­vited back to camp to have a Dis­trict En­roll­ment.

All new mem­bers and mem­bers mov­ing up to new units re­ceived their pins and all re­turn­ing girls re­ceived earned badges and a camp crest.

There is still space for Sparks and Guides in the dis­trict. If in­ter­ested in join­ing a unit or be­com­ing an adult guider, con­tact Heather at heather­mesher@ ya­hoo.ca, or visit www.girl­guides.ca.

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Sparks and Brown­ies en­joy­ing a camp­fire at the camp.

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Guides and Pathfind­ers roast­ing marsh­mal­lows.

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The camp crest de­signed by Am­ber Ernst.

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