Third-year Guides presented their skit at the 34th Guides Enrolment last week. It was an opportunity to learn more about Olave Baden-Powell and the founding of Girl Guides - plus it is always touching and entertaining.
The girls enacted Olave's childhood, the founding of Guiding by Robert and Agnes Baden-Powell, the rapid shipboard courtship that brought Robert and Olave together, and other significant moments. It's a great way to combine some Guiding knowledge with creative drama!
It all started with team-building exercises. More than 35 Pathfinders and guiders from West Point Grey and Mackenzie Heights Districts gathered at the UBC Ropes Course facility on Saturday November 21st. Tucked away in the trees, you would never guess it was there.
Using various games and activities, the three groups worked on being effective teams and supporting each other. Sometimes they had to think outside the box to solve a challenge - like passing a ball around the group as quickly as possible. After a lot of trial and error, the record time was under one second - despite starting out convinced it would take at least a minute!
After a snack break (and adding more layers of clothing), it was time to get into safety harnesses and try the high ropes strung through the trees. With several different courses, each group did two - ranging from a "tightrope" between platforms, linked hanging logs, or a combination of suspended logs and tires. All about 10 metres off the ground!
One by one, the girls (and several leaders) climbed up the ladder, scaled a few large staples in a tree, and set out on the rope course. It was a test of strength, team support, and sheer nerves - and the girls had huge smiles as they were belayed gently to the ground.
This was a great experience, as it really emphasized team dynamics as well as giving each girl a chance to stretch herself (sometimes literally) and discover her own strengths and abilities.
A record number of Girl Guides attended today's Remembrance Day ceremony at UBC. The platform party included our local MP, Joyce Murray, and MLA, David Eby, along with UBC President Martha Piper, and representatives from the local military base and other groups. A Ranger from West Point Grey District and a Brownie from Mackenzie Heights District did a marvellous job of representing Girl Guides and laying a wreath. Girls from Sparks to Rangers - and many leaders - were there in support.
It is wonderful to see so many girls and their families at this local ceremony - which grows each year. From babes in arms to veterans, the event brings the community together. There was even a standing ovation for one regular attendee who just celebrated his 100th birthday.
Appropriately, the national website published a blog post today by a former Ranger from Mackenzie Heights, who laid the wreath with one of our 82nd Brownies last year. After attending the event for years, being part of the ceremony deepened her connections with the reasons we recognize those who serve our country. You can read her post here.
Did you know that West Point Grey has many leaders - past and present - who are engineers? Has your daughter been in a unit with Kirsten, Jaclyn, Bethan, Erin, Agnes, Angie, and others? We're excited that these talented women share their passion for engineering with their girls. Please consider taking a look at this upcoming open house at UBC.
UBC Engineering Open House
Engineers Save the World – UBC Engineering would like to invite you to come and find out how. Join them on Saturday, November 28, 2015 from 10am to 4pm.
Did you know engineers do more than build bridges and design fast cars? Engineers help prevent disease, reduce poverty and create solutions to protect people and our planet.
There’ll be cool demonstrations, fascinating lab tours, and informative presentations. Talk to academic advisors, professors, and current students about all your options. Learn how engineering can make a world of difference. Bring your friends and family to explore – plan to attend the whole day, as there are activities happening throughout the day.
In addition to all the exciting options, Grade 10-12 girls are invited to attend an informative lunch:
Eng*Cite Lunch for Grade 10-12 Girls at Open House - ATTENTION RANGERS
Grade 10-12 girls interested in science and math are invited to attend the Eng•Cite Lunch for an opportunity to talk to, and hear presentations by, women currently studying engineering or young alumnae working in the industry. This is an open forum to enable discussions with - and questions to - other female students/engineers who faced a similar decision recently, and why they chose their paths. Interested students must RSVP for the lunch by November 23rd.
For more information and to RSVP, please visit the website: www.engineering.ubc.ca/openhouse. If you RSVP, they will send you an update once more details have been posted.
UBC Engineering Outreach looks forward to seeing you at the Open House!
We're excited to get outside, have fun, make friends, and try new things!