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Guides Night Out

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What do you do when you have an area with over 200 Guides? Well in Dartmouth, we hold a special night just for them!

Guides Night Out took place on Friday night, with 208 of our area girls in attendance! The format? There isn’t one! From the time they walk in to the time they leave, there is very little structure. After opening announcements the Guides are free to go to whichever activity running that interests them.

This year the activities were:

Hand knitting

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“We’re making this craft to hang in our room!
Selena and Julia from the 2nd Woodlawn Guides, like many Guides, could be found carrying their craft all night, to stop and work on it every now and again.

Picture frame crafting

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“I like it here because I get to play with my friends!”– Imogen, 1st Lawrencetown Guides

T-Shirt type dyeing with sharpies

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Twister

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Games!

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Making our National Service Project Pledge (over 200 pledges were made this night!)

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“My pledge is I will try to reuse as much as possible, pick up garbage and throw it away. If I see someone littering I will tell them not to. I will protect nature from being trashed and I will teach others not to as well.– Tiffany, 1st Lawrencetown Guides

Photobooth

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Guides wrote messages on the boards about why they are a Girl Guide or why Girls should be in the lead.

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After all the activities were done and a snack was eater, girls had the whole pool to themselves! After they undid their bedrolls and watched a movie. A fewhours later, they woke up with a dance party, breakfast and then headed home.

Thanks to all the Guides, leaders and the Dartmouth Shore Special Events team for a great Guides Night Out!

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(This guest post has been submitted by Guider Cindy)

The 2nd Eastern Passage Girl Guides are stepping up to their newest challenge with the help of the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
Every day for a week, the girls are strapping on their pedometers and walking, running, playing until they each collect 10,000 steps!

Nathan Goudreau from the Heart and Stroke Foundation recently stopped by to show the girls how quickly you can reach 10,000 steps. He played a few games with the girls, and before they knew it, they were up over 1,000 steps in just a few minutes.
The girls were super excited that they were the first Girl Guide group to take on this new challenge. Nathan gave each girl a pedometer, and left them excited, eager and ready to take this on!

Aside from the rewards of being physically active, the girls will also earn the One Step Challenge crest for their campfire blankets.
So, if you see a pack of eager girls running, skipping, or walking around the Community, it’s just us, “One Stepping” our way to 10,000 steps!

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(Thank you DSA Special Events team member and Edgemore Pathfinder leader Jenn for this blog post!

We’re so adventurous, we should be on a cookie box!

Whenever I find myself doing something outside of the usual meeting with our Rangers – like horseback riding, high ropes courses, or a trip to the art gallery – I can’t help but think that we’d make a great picture for a cookie box or the cover of Coastlines!

On Saturday, September 14th, a crew of girls and Guiders from DSA were certainly worthy of a cookie box picture. They took on the challenge of On Tree, near Martock, Windsor, Nova Scotia. This amazing facility has a variety of courses complete with high ropes, ziplines, and balance challenges. You can check out some pics and get more info here. Though it would be doable for any age, many of the courses are limited to those 13 years of age and up. Children 12 and under must be accompanied at all times by one on one adult supervision, but older ones can go free range!

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Though there were jelly legs, a few bruises, and the occasional shriek, everyone who participated came away with a sense of achievement. Some of these courses are no small feat, especially the spider web and the high wire bicycle! The owners of On Tree plan to add more courses for next season, including another easy course with the longest zipline to date! We can hardly wait!
Those who participated at On Tree will receive the new, yet to be finalized, DSA Adventure Seeker crest. Sorry to have missed out and want a crest? We’re heading back to On Tree again next fall! Crests will also be on offer to participants at our annual ski day at Ski Martock in early February, once the weather turns wintery, stay tuned for details.

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Today’s blog post is brought to you by guest blogger, Guider Jenn!

On Sunday October 20 the 1st Eastern Passage Sparks and the 3rd Eastern Passage Brownies joined together for an afternoon of bridging fun! We took the train from Halifax to Truro and then went on a nature hike through Victoria Park.

The excited girls gathered in the VIA Rail station, where each Brownie was paired with a Spark to be her buddy for the day. We were the very first ones allowed to board, and we had to walk all the way to the very front of the train, where we had a whole car to ourselves! Once the girls were settled they ate their picnic lunches on the folding tray tables in front of each seat.

As the train departed, exclamations ranging from “we’re MOVING!” to “why are we going so slowly?!” could be heard throughout the car. Then the girls got down to work on their scavenger hunt, looking for things like a railway crossing, someone waving to the train, a blue car and a cow. We saw all of those and more on our trip.

The girls also had a chance to make a felt kite hat craft and a ribbon-and-bobby-pin bookmark, as well as play “Guiding Words Bingo” for a chance to win prizes.

As we exited the train in Truro we thanked the VIA Rail staff and then headed off in the light rain to walk up the street to Victoria Park. There we headed though the pretty fall colours in the woods along the river, until we got to the waterfall. There we stopped and had a snack before heading back to the parking lot.

The Brownies went off to practice for their enrollment ceremony before the parents arrived, while the Sparks dashed through the suddenly heavy rain to the bandstand to play a game. When the rain let up, girls played on the playground until their parents arrived for pickup. The lucky few who remained when the sun peeked out even got to see a rainbow – a perfect ending to a great Sparks day!

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Challenging Guides

(This blog post is brought to you by Guest Blogger, Guider Linda!)

Advice from experienced Guiders tells us the third year Guides (girls in Grade 6) need enhanced responsibility, more challenging projects and to get away on their own sometimes.

This spirit was alive and well at Camp Kana’da on the October 5-6 weekend. Under sunny skies, third year Guides from 1st and 2nd Dartmouth (11 girls total) had a sleepover in the residence and on Saturday, rebuilt one of the fire pits using bricks and shovels. They also made crafts, did camp chores, and preparations for a Sunday day camp involving all the girls in their two units. (37 girls) Day camp activities ranged from knots to crafts, a hike, songs and games. This project was designed partly to kick off the Lady Baden Powell Challenge for our senior Guides, and also to help introduce new leaders and volunteers into our wise, wonderful and wacky Guiding ways.

We exchanged greetings with a Lady Baden Powell group from Lawrencetown who were tenting. Their service project was to do some bushwhacking – armed with gloves and clippers they tried to re-clear the hiking trail (the one that heads up from behind the pretty painted lats). The trail was pretty boggy in parts and quite overgrown, but they made some improvements there! (It could use some professional help too though).

Our Lady B-P group is looking forward to a secret service project in the spring and helping girls enjoy their Guiding experience over the winter!

Lady B-P girls with the before and after version of the fire pit.
Bedroll craft using recycled tent material and packers knot.

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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to travel on one of those cool trips sponsored by Girl Guides of Canada? Well, this year, there are more trips on offer than ever before – four International and three Canadian opportunities! Not to mention the two trips being sponsored by our very own Nova Scotia Council. Check out the Fact Sheets about these trips.

Last year, Dartmouth Shore Area had more successful applicants for Nationally sponsored trips than the rest of the provinces combined! We’ve got a strong history of travel and lots of members who can help you to apply and to prepare for your trip if you’re accepted.

Interested in learning more for yourself or your unit’s girls?

Come to the DSA Travel Briefing on Monday, October 7th to learn more! It will be held in the Community Room of the Tacoma Drive Sobey’s at 7 pm. The details of each of the trips on offer this year will be presented, along with an explanation of the application process and tips on how to apply!

Hope to see you there!
Jennifer T-Z
Jennifer is Dartmouth Shore Area’s International Advisor, a leader with Edgemere Rangers, and loves to travel.

Did you hear the recent good news for our Pathfinders and Rangers? Girl Guides of Canada – Nova Scotia Council (GGCNS) announced the wonderful news that in partnership with the NS Department of Education, Girls who receive their Canada Cord and Chief Commissioners’ Gold Award, can receive a high school credit for each!

Dartmouth Shore Area Commissioner Anja Clyke was very excited to hear the news and tell the Guiders:

“It was very emotional and joyous to read the news. The girls work very hard to achieve the Canada Cord and the Chief Commissioners’ Gold Award. Girls do no join Girl Guides for the recognition, but it is so wonderful when they are recognized for their hard work and achievement. It’s almost like Girl Guides is finally being validated for the good things the organization has done, and continues to do, to prepare girls to meet the challenges that they face in their lives and to make a difference in the world.”

Thank you GGCNS and the Department of Education for recognizing the organization – but more importantly, the hard and good work the girl members do!

And leaders, thank you for helping our girls achieve their goals!