Camp Warming Party

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SOAR 2014

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Hello to all registered Guiders in BC! We hope you’re having a terrific summer.

We wanted to send a quick note to let you know that the deadline for applying to bring a patrol to SOAR 2014 has been extended to September 15th. We have plenty of patrols registered already, including a lot of interest from International/Interprovincial Patrols, but want to be sure everyone has a chance to chat with your units and get your applications in.

Our registrar, Noreen Dragani, reports that she has many applications from single guiders in full units. If you have registered as a Responsible Guider or as a second Guider in the unit, please be sure that your co-Guider has registered as well. Applications will not be accepted if only one Guider has applied to bring a full patrol of eight girls.

If you would like to come as a patrol guider but don’t have a unit or a co-guider, please contact your Area Liaison to indicate your interest. If you don’t know who that is, send us an email at

If you’ve been sent a reference request, thank you for responding quickly!We will begin sending confirmations to accepted patrol guiders in early September.

Finally, there are still lots of vacancies for Core staff, if you’re not able to bring a patrol to SOAR.Those applications close on October 1st.

SOAR is just eleven months away. Please get your applications in so you have a chance to participate in this great event!

Cathy Cook & Deb Deorksen

Co-Responsible Guiders

SOAR 2014

Two opportunities for adult members

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Girls Action Foundation Training Seminar
Mont-Orford National Park, Quebec
October 23-27, 2013
Two adult members age 18-25

The Girls Action Foundation is leading  a training seminar for young adult members on girl programming for young women to gain skills, tools and knowledge to use to make a difference in their home communities. Seminar highlights include workshops on deepening knowledge of girl-specific programming, program design, enhancing understanding of issues like violence prevention, self-esteem and more.

 Application details:

Application deadline:  Wednesday, August 21, 11:59 PM EDT
Email your completed application to: with the subject: Girls Action Foundation Amplify Training 2013

Stop the Violence ACTIVATE Training
Sangam World Centre, India
December 7 – 14, 2013
One adult member

As the official Girl Guides of Canada delegate, you’ll have the opportunity to work with other delegates from around the world on action plans to implement the Stop the Violence campaign and learn more about gender-based violence, all while experiencing the culture of India.

Application details:

Application deadline:  Friday, August 30 11:59 PM EDT
Email your completed application to: with the subject: Stop the Violence ACTIVATE Training event

Safe Guide updates

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The Safe Guide updates for 2013 are up on the website: here.  Perfect summer reading!

Gone Home

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154Gone_HomeIt is wish great sadness the we tell you Sheila Claussen of the Kokanee Trefoil passed away 16 July. Her family is holding a memorial picnic Saturday, 27 July at 2pm. The picnic will take place at the group campsite at Kokanee Creek Park. Turn right before crossing Kokanne Creek, opposite the Redfish campsite.

Canada Cord

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14 Pathfinders from across Kootenay Area were presented with their Canada Cord award in the old courthouse in Grand Forks in June. Most of the girls had traveled for over five hours but had time to relax and make crafts with the other girls.

The girls processed into the ceremony room behind Guiders bearing flags and a nine piece pipe band. In front of family and friends Kootenay Area Commissioner Pat Wildeman presented each girl with their award, the framed certificate and a yellow rose. Lunch followed after which the girls were given a blue and yellow cushion screen printed with the World Trefoil and the date.

Each girl was asked to write a few lines about their Guiding experiences as their introduction.

‘I have experienced so many new things both indoors and outdoors.’

‘Guiding made me feel as if I was part of a team/family, yet it made me feel independent.’

‘My goal is to stay in Guides long enough so that I can be in the Trefoil Guild & wear purple.’

‘To me Guiding is about challenges, adventure, good times and great friendships.’

‘You have an opportunity to make a difference, in my community and our world.’

‘I learned to be the best I can be and to like who I am and to like people as they are.’

‘I think my life has been impacted by Guiding by making me more confident.’

‘I have learnt self-reliance, survival and to give through volunteering opportunities.’

‘I have learnt the value of hard work.’

‘My most favourite thing would have to be doing community service and having that wonderful feeling of helping somebody else.’

‘To me, Guiding means that you should guide the path for others as well as being prepared for anything that may happen in the future.’

‘Guiding has influenced my life greatly and will continue to influence me as well as others for years to come.’

‘It has given me great leadership skills.’

‘Without Guiding I would most likely be unable to plan and organize my life as well.’

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Watch this space

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Those of you following this site will have noticed an absence of activity over the past year. That will change in July 2013 when once again all things Kootenay Girl Guides will be posted here.

Watch this space!

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