Welcome to the Kootenay Area!

The Kootenay Area is located in the south-east corner of British Columbia.
Our area covers Bridesville and Rock Creek in the west; the Kootenay AreaAlberta border in the east; the 49th parallel in the south; and Galena Bay and Golden in the north.

The Kootenay Area includes 6 districts, along with cities such as Cranbrook, Nelson, Castlegar, and Trail.

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Beaver Valley and Trail Brownie Adventures

Trip to Kelowna

I’m super excited to share with you the big brownie trip we planned for this year. Beaver Valley brownies and Trail Brownies are traveling to Kelowna to sleep over at hoof prints barn yard and petting zoo ! We plan to have an (appropriately) rip roaring camp fire & weenie roast and sleep in their new multi purpose building. Then we get to get up and help with farm chores and meet all kinds of farm friends! Next we whisk off the to mall for lunch, then were going on an exploration of mission creek park, and IHOP  for dinner. Then back on the bus home!

Other Exciting stuff

Trail Brownies had a Mad scientist night. The girls were invited to wear white dress shirts and goggles or safety glasses and be Mad scientists! We had some of our awesome parent volunteers help and ran 5 stations. Elephant toothpaste was super popular as the girls helped make an impressive chemical reaction. Glitter slime was a delightfully sticky mess ( although im pretty sure some of the parents were less than thrilled). The girls were challenged to float the M’s off of M & M’s with varying degrees of success. They made colorful salt tunnels in blocks of ice with 4 different types of salt. They teamed up and engineered their own pom pom race tracks! The night was a huge hit and all of the girls and adults had a blast and made a rather glorious mess !

Beaver Valley brownies had a great day at the Trail Gymnastics club and got to jump swing and tumble themselves silly. We had a few girls challenge themselves with the uneven bars and showed a level of tenacity and determination, that was quite impressive. They balanced their way across 3 beams, bounced across several trampolines and climbed their way to fun. Everyone brought a snack to share including birthday cupcakes with girl guide cookies inside !

Kimberly Spring Updates

First two photos are SOAR fundraiser pouring rain all day…girls danced hollered and sold 13 cases of cookies and about 250.00 in hot dogs! Thanks to GM in Marysville for donating food and a spot to sell cookies…as well as purchasing a lot of cookies!

The next few pictures are of a hike with Trex where we had a mock accident and girls had to test their first aid and emergency procedures…most took standard first aid recently so we wanted to see how they would deal with an issue in the bush. We have some big trips planned this summer so we are excited to learn that they can deal with huge issues if needed.

What’s new for the Granby Girls?

Granby District Girl Guides are always busy coming up with creative ways to keep the girls engaged with the program.

So far this year, the Grand Forks Girl Guides started out working on hat swaps, their promise and the law as they prepared for enrolment. Cookie sales were a success, including the one at Sears. On top of their regular work, the girls have been able to do some individual badge work at the hall as well as discussing personal safety in different situations. In October, they decorated pumpkins for the Grand Forks Downtown Business Halloween Fest. One of the funnest activities was a science experiment that included a tongue sensitivity test. They frequently do bridging activities with the Pathfinders. 

The Grand Forks Pathfinders have made handmade cutlery holders for camp kits, made a list of community service they want to do this year, baked for the Guide’s enrolment ceremony, supervised the pumpkin decorating and participated in the enrolment bridging with the Grand Forks Guides and Midway Pathfinders. 

In the West Boundary, the Rock Creek Guiding Unit and the Boundary Guiding Unit were the Honour Guard for the Kettle Valley Remembrance Day service. 

The Boundary Guiding Unit’s Pathfinders are planning a sleepover for the Guides and Pathfinders from Grand Forks on Nov. 17 to 18

Grand Forks Sparks and Brownies started out the year with a fall camp at Camp Rory, which had mild weather given the time of the year and — as always — was a blast. Christina Lake girls joined them at the camp and they worked on the Tidy Camper Crest. The first few meetings were used to get started with the Sparks books and preparing for camp. After camp, they prepared for enrolment, where they chose a butterfly themed enrolment and made decorations and brought treats. Halloween followed with a “bring a friend” event of the Halloween party. 

For Remembrance Day, the girls made paper lanterns with poppies on them, created Christmas cards for soldiers and talked about how the Girl Guides participated in war efforts using the book “How the Girl Guides Won the War” by Janie Hampton for some trivia. 

All units participated in the Remembrance Day ceremonies in the Boundary. 

Sparwood Gets Crafty

WhaThe Sparwood Guides and pathfinders have been busy having lots of fun!  We have been busy plugging away at various things!

The Pathfinders have been working on leadership and planning skills and we are currently trying to nail down a date to get their first aid course completed!

The guides have been learning like crazy!  We have been outside hiking and learning about all the wonderful things in nature, we have been completing science, chemistry, physics and hiking badges! They are now working to complete their endangered species, life skills, plants and animals and beyond you!

Attached you can see some photos of our science camp, tools nights and craft night!