On May 27th, the 43rd Guides explored their local surroundings starting with a tour of the UBC Botanic Garden. Paul, who led the tour, introduced concepts ranging from urban farming to plant biodiversity. Then it was on to the treetop canopy walk.
Josh and May led the two groups, showing them the secrets of edible plants, spotting woodpeckers, and talking about grand firs and other native species.
After lunch, it was a hot walk along trails to Wesbrook Village – just in time for an impromptu stop to cool off at the water park! Then time to play some team-building games before heading back to meet parents. It was a great day out with friends and leaders!
May 8th was our District Advancement, which offers a chance to celebrate all the progress over the past year, recognize girls who have earned awards, and invite families to watch their girls "fly up" to the next branch.
As with recent years, we started the evening off with a tasty BBQ, courtesy of the girls attending SOAR. Sweet treats were available at the bake sale – special thanks to all the 36th Brownie parents and girls who contributed so many items. The proceeds from the BBQ and bake sale go toward SOAR fundraising.
The Pathfinders and Rangers on the Ecuador trip held a huge silent auction with wonderful items to bid on – these funds will help the group attend a Me to We opportunity in July.
We invited Sparks and Brownies to the stage. Units presented their awards, and we also revealed the recipients of the Priscilla Shepley Camping Award. This was followed by the Guides, Pathfinders, and Rangers – where we recognized the girls who earned their Lady Baden-Powell, Canada Cord, and Chief Commissioner's Awards.
Congratulations to everyone!
This year marked the 26th Night Quest in Pacific Spirit Park. It's always fun to see how the park transforms after dark, with candlelit trails and performers in costume. Large giant slug and owl lanterns are a fairly new addition and add a special touch.
More than 2,300 visitors came through the front entrance this year – at least 500 more than the previous record. Needless to say, this meant that girls and leaders were kept very busy at the Girl Guide concession! All funds raised are going toward the cost of attending SOAR in Smithers in July.
We sold out of everything – including hot dogs, chili, and baked treats. The s'more kits were particularly popular. Thank you to COBS on West Broadway for donating all the hot dog buns. Thank you to all the girls and parents who donated delicious home-baked cupcakes, brownies, and cookies.
Back in April, we held our annual Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup. This year, we were back at Locarno Beach on a windy Saturday morning.
While the beach was fairly clean, the nearby park definitely needed some attention. Girls and leaders from 5 units, plus friends from Kits-Fairview District, helped us remove about 25 pounds of trash, including 377 cigarette butts (from a non-smoking beach?!), 212 food wrappers, 143 pieces of plastic and foam, and 25 plastic bags.
Our strangest finds? A whole chair – with different groups finding pieces all over the beach – plus odds and ends like a plastic dinosaur tail, an entire cordless phone with charger base, and a BBQ.
All participants will be receiving these nifty crests.
We're excited to get outside, have fun, make friends, and try new things!