The Guides had a great weekend at Camp McLanlin in March. They followed up with another unit camp at Camp Olave in the middle of June. The leaders are already planning fun activities and camps for the new Guiding year in September!
Pathfinders packed lots of different activities into May and June. Some girls attended Hands Across the Border at Peace Arch Park, acting as flag bearers in the parade. The 58th Pathfinders had an exciting rafting trip, while the 50th Pathfinders camped and explored Golden Ears Provincial Park. Bubble ball made a fun meeting too.
We launched District Camp with a scenic boat ride in the sunshine. From the Deep Cove dock, we travelled up Indian Arm for 30 minutes. It was a beautiful and relaxing start to the weekend.
After an orientation session and picking up our gear, the girls settled into different cabins around camp, with Pathfinders and Rangers pitching tents on the nearby grass. Dinner time was greeted enthusiastically – and we made it an early night.
Saturday was jam-packed with activities. Girls divided into Spark/Brownie and Guide/Pathfinder/Ranger groups to travel around stations. From hiking and voyageur canoes to archery and slingshots to kayaking and rock-climbing, the rain didn't dampen our spirits! We celebrated the end of a long day with a group campfire – learning some new songs from camp leaders and teaching them some of our Guiding favourites.
To top off a great weekend, the sun reappeared for the boat trip home on Sunday.
In May, the 12th Sparks had a terrific workshop at Acadia Beach. Led by Metro Vancouver Regional Parks staff, the girls looked at different parts of the beach and found out who lived there.
Starting in a sandy area, we carefully dug for bristle worms (polychaetes) – catching many individuals ranging from 2 to 15+ centimetres long. Then we talked about different habitats and moved to the rocky part of the beach. There, the Sparks had a great time turning over rocks, catching crabs, and creating "crabitats" for them – with food, water, and shelter.
After safely releasing our crabby friends, we learned about about barnacles and watched them filter-feeding. Then we tried it ourselves, stuck to the ground while trying to catch bubbles.
All in all, it was a great time. Clearly we were in the right place, as the rainbow ended right where we were standing!
We're excited to get outside, have fun, make friends, and try new things!