DSA Guiders, due to illness one of our patrol Guiders will not be able to attend and must step back from her duties organizing as well.  Therefore, please seriously consider whether you are able to step in ensuring that these girls get to experience such a wonderful event.

A couple of things to keep in mind as your consider this great opportunity:

– Funds raised and support that she would have received (i.e. some of the patrol fundraising, National/Area support etc.) will be transferred to the new Guider so she will not be responsible for any more funds that she would have otherwise.

– The new leader will need to be willing to be actively involved in the planning and organization of the patrol.

– It would also be preferred that the new Guider be willing to assume the patrol treasurer role as well, however, that is not an absolute necessity.  Area will supply assistance with those duties if required.

If are willing to take this on, please contact Lisa at nsgm2016@girlguides.ns.ca as well as myself.

Thank you for considering this great opportunity!

Andréa Griffin
Dartmouth Shore Area Commissioner


First Aid Course


We have had cancellations for the First Aid course on January 30 & 31st. There are 4 spaces left if any Guiders in the Area are interested. Please have anyone interested e-mail me at jmwilliams@ns.sympatico.ca with their name, IMIS number and birthdate as soon as possible.


In the good news department, we already have 5 Guiders registered for the Safe Guide session on Saturday, February 6th.  I am happy but there is definitely room for more. Thank you for your support.


Janice Williams

DSA Training Advisor

Food Handlers Course


I have just received the following information on 2 Food Handlers courses to be held in Bedford. Please pass it on to your Guiders as we had inquiries from Guiders even after we held one in November.

Please remind Guiders that they can attend any training that any other Area holds. Occasionally there may be a small fee for out of Area Guiders but not always.

Janice Williams

DSA Training Advisor

Once again the Special Events Team are in planning mode and we are happy to invite you to the 16th annual Guide Lock In! Check your email for the invitation, a Unit registration form that must be returned by Nov 1st (sorry NO exceptions) and the Lock In theme song ( tune-John Brown’s Body). This year we are emphasizing the theme of SAFETY and like every year we will be safely “ locked in”  Cole Harbour Place so we can enjoy an evening of fun and crafts and songs. We hope you will join with fellow Guides and Guides from all over Dartmouth Shore Area in this annual event!

*** New this year: all applications for girls and Guiders will be completed and submitted online. ***

Here is the link to the webpage where you can find the fact sheets for each of the two trips and the link to the online application:


Chantel Gushue, Dartmouth Shore Area International Adviser, will be hosting an info session on both trips at the Woodlawn Public Library, 31 Eisener Blvd on Wednesday, September 30 @ 7pm. Guiders and girls interested in applying for either of the trips are encouraged to attend! Please RSVP to chantel@ishy.ca to let her know if you are interested in attending.


SEPTEMBER 2015 – JUNE 2016


October 17, 2015 (Saturday) – 9 AM to 12 noon – St Andrew’s Anglican Church at 8 Locks Road, Dartmouth. Register by October 9, 2015

January 11, 2016 (Monday) – 6:30 – 9:30 PM – St. David’s Church, Lake Echo. Please register by January 4, 2016

February 6, 2016 (Saturday) – 9 AM to 12 noon – St Luke’s Church on Veteran’s Avenue, Dartmouth. Please register by January 29, 2016


Sparks & Brownies Can Camp – and so Can You! – Wednesday, October 14, 2015 from 7 – 9:15 pm at St Luke’s Church on Veteran’s Avenue, Dartmouth. This session does not replace OAL(Outdoor Activity Leader) training. It is an information session for anyone who has Sparks or Brownies and has never tried residential camping. We will be talking about themes, program ideas, menus, Safe Guide paperwork, pre-camp parent letters/meetings, the camp lottery (for Guide residential properties), involving Rangers and bedrolls and sit-upons.

Please register by October 9, 2015

Standard First Aid Course – January 30 – 31, 2016 (Saturday & Sunday) from 9am – 5pm both days at Guide House, 3581 Dutch Village Road, Halifax. We need a minimum of 8 Guiders/Transitioning members/Rangers to run the course. Please register by January 22, 2016.

For any of the above sessions please register with Janice Williams, Dartmouth Shore Area Training Advisor by e-mailing jmwilliams@ns.sympatico.ca


Fireworks. Blasts. Eruptions. Yes, we had another explosion in Dartmouth Shore Area. An explosion of the PINK kind!

On Saturday, 130 Sparks with their leaders, from Downtown Dartmouth all the way to Musquodoboit Harbour, came together for a morning of songs, crafts, snacks and most of all fun with Guiding friends new and old!

This years theme was a popular one in Guiding: Camp!


SONGS! With Lynne and Watermelon





Once again, thank you to all our volunteers, leaders and of course our Sparks! A special thanks to the Special Events team who made sure that our crafts and edible campfire were organized for each Spark before the event. Us, Guides, always prepared!