ENEWS CALGARY AREA - Girl Guides of Canada



ENEWS CALGARY AREA - Girl Guides of Canada
March 31st, 2016
Message from our Area Commissioner
ENEWS Please
forward your
E-news comments, questions &
submissions to
[email protected]
Next E-News
APRIL 14, 2016
This enewsletter is
designed to forward information to Guiders on a biweekly basis.
Happy cookie selling everyone!! By now your
cookies should have been delivered and signed
out using the Cookie sign out sheets from National. Hopefully everyone is planning on taking part in Cookie Day in Canada in some way
and taking advantage of the Cookie Finder map
on the National site to help move your cookies. Cookie funds are a great way to subsidy
spring camps and year end events. Don't forget to let your parents know when cookie
funds are subsidizing events as it really drives
home how their cookie selling efforts help us
run our programs. Speaking of year end
events, our Annual Area Dinner for Guiders is
on May 31st. Tickets are $30 and will be available at Guide House on April 13th. Looking forward to seeing you there!
Leeanne Smith
Calgary Area Dinner Menu for May 31st, 2016
The date is set for our annual Calgary Area dinner, held this year at Heritage park, Tuesday May 31, 2016. Tickets will be available for purchase for $30 at the Guide Centre
from April 13th to May 13th. We’ve listed the menu here for you. When purchasing
your tickets please let us know if you have any allergies or if you are a vegetarian.
This years dinner menu includes:
Soup— Roasted onion soup with prosciutto and Taleggio crostini. Salad—Crisp romaine
heart drizzled with creamy Caesar dressing, double smoked bacon and crisp parmesan
tuile. Main course— Oven roasted free range supreme of chicken, Maple bourbon jus
and butternut squash purée with Manitoba wild rice pilaf with wild mushrooms and bacon, served with seasonal vegetables. Desert—Lemon meringue slice, blueberry compote & mini macaroon.
We Welcome the World Rally Day
May 14, 2016
Camp Jubilee
All Areas in Alberta, Yukon and NWT will hold rallies on
the same day to celebrate the sisterhood of Guiding.
Provincial rallies only take place every three years.
We’re expecting over 2000 girls and Guiders to come to Camp Jubilee. Don’t miss it!
REGISTRATION NOW OPEN – Deadline Friday, April 15!
Use this link http://www.123contactform.com/form-1869107
Register first and then take your payment to the Guide office.
Registration fee is $10 per person. Payment is due by Friday, April 22.
You’ll have fun and make memories while you visit three major centres. While at each centre, you will
be able to choose from a wide selection of offerings to match the age and interests of your girls. Everything is free flow with no schedule. You can choose where you want to go, when and for how long. We
have booked huge festival tents so that activities can run no matter what the weather.
Canada Pavilion – Enjoy crafts, games and activities from the Pacific, Prairies, Central, Atlantic and
Northern regions of Canada.
International Pavilion – Guest countries coming to Mosaic will be featured with hat crafts, games,
dances and more.
Mosaic Camping Pavilion – Get a taste of what life at GM2016 will be like. Come to the tuck shop,
sing songs at the campfire, explore sample tent sites, make hat crafts, write post cards and view
the night sky.
Registration will be done on a unit basis.
Adults attending independently (e.g. Link members) can attend and register online also.
Registration fee is $10 per participant. Both girls and adults pay the fee.
Fee includes transportation, all activities and a crest (design as shown above).
All attendees must bring their own bagged lunch, snacks and water.
Units must provide their own supervision according to Safe Guide green ratios.
Transportation back and forth to Camp Jubilee will be by charter bus only. Calgary Area will be providing
charter bus service from five locations in Calgary as well as Canmore and Cochrane. Transportation by
bus is MANDATORY. Due to the extremely large number of attendees expected, absolutely no private
vehicles will be allowed on site at Jubilee. The only exception will be for people with special needs. Walkin attendance will not be allowed either.
Units will select their preferred bus depot during the registration process. We will do our best to accommodate your preference within the physical limits of each bus depot. All depots have given permission
for Guiders and supervisors to leave their vehicles at the depot while they attend the rally.
Bus times are staggered to reduce congestion at Jubilee.
This SCHEDULE MAY CHANGE depending on the number of people who sign up for each depot!
Bus Depot
Time that you should Time that you’ll be Time that you’ll be
arrive at your bus de- onsite at Jubilee
back at your bus depot
NW – Bearspaw School
10 am
11 am – 4 pm
4:30 pm
NW – Reno Depot (Creekside 8:30 am
9:30 am – 2:30 pm 3:00 pm
NE – Deerfoot City Mall
9:15 am
10:30 am – 3:30
4:15 pm
West – Westbrook Mall
9:00 am
10 am – 3 pm
3:30 pm
South – Southcentre Mall
(Choice of two time slots due
to the large volume of people expected to use this depot.)
Cochrane – location TBA
Canmore – location TBA
Group #1:
8:15 am
Group #1:
9:30 am – 2:30 pm
Group #1:
3:15 pm
Group #2:
9:15 am
10:30 am
8:45 am
Group #2:
10:30 – 3:30 pm
11 am – 3:45 pm
10 am – 3 pm
Group #2:
4:15 pm
4 pm
4 pm
Attention all Adult, Trefoil and Ranger Members...Rally Day needs YOU! The organizing
committee is hard at work planning the rally but we need many more volunteers to help
out at the actual event. Here’s some of the types of help that we need. Please click on the
link and sign up now!
Sign up here www.volunteersignup.org/BTWD8
Assemble craft kits in advance
First Aiders
Help run a craft station
Help run a games station
Help run a music/dance station
Help load buses
Page 4
The Training Committee wants to challenge you! All sessions will be offered at Guide Centre unless otherwise indicated. You MUST register for training sessions by calling the
office at 403-283-8348 or email at [email protected] You may register
online at http://goo.gl/forms/5LE3SuTWiF. Provide your name, IMIS number, branch that
you lead, District, your phone number, your email address. We have a new Training Challenge crest for 2015. Anytime you take a training session, you can receive a crest. Ask your
Training Schedule 2016
April 3 – Safe Guide
April 3 – Tent Camping at Jubliee
April 4 – Financials for Review
April 4 – Building Strong Teams
April 9 - Needle & Wet felting
June 11 – New Guider Day
Safe Guide
All About Your Branches
Sparks, Brownies, Guides & Pathfinders
Building Your Unit Guiders Skills 2:30-4:30pm
Please note that Safe Guide compliance is part of all of our activities! That’s why it is a mandatory session for all Guiders within your first 6 months – actually counted from the day you first apply to be a leader. This session is devoted to understanding our responsibility as Members of GGC in ensuring safety
while managing risks in activities. We’ll explore the contents of the document – you don’t need to know
it all . . . you just need to know what to look for and where to find it! This session is geared to assisting
you with that!
All About Your Branches Training (ABB) will introduce you to the characteristics appropriate for the girls’
ages and the program for each level Spark, Brownie, Guide, Pathfinder or Ranger. It is an invaluable tool
to assist you in your chosen branch.
Building Your Unit Guider Skills session will give you the information you need to successfully run your unit –
girl centered programming, working with other Guiders, keeping the unit a safe place, diversity and inclusiveness. A must for new Guiders!
Finance (with focus on doing reviews): 2.5 hour session on April 4, 2016
We will discuss how unit and district finances are to be managed. In this session we will go over how to complete a review. Find out what to look for in a review, what needs to be included in a set of books, and the
steps you need to take to complete a review.
Felting: 3 hour session but we have the room for 5 hours if you want to
play for longer on April 9, 2016
Join us as we try wet and needle felting to make felt, felted pictures, cards and felted animals. We will over
the different techniques and then you can play with one or try all the techniques. You will learns ways to
take this back to the girls - and some can be done with even our younger girls.
Trainers will come to your District to give sessions to you closer to home. Contact the training committee at
[email protected] to book a training day for your District! Be sure to give about a month’s notice so the best trainers can be found for your sessions. Happy Guiding.
Save the Date!
Calgary Area Geocaching Day
Sunday April 24, 2016
Elliston Park
Calling all Guide/Pathfinder/Ranger units! Calgary Area is holding our third annual Geocaching day.
Cost will be $5/participant, which includes the crest, a snack and creating your
own geocache as part of the Geocaching Challenge. You will have a choice of
registering for AM (9:30am-12:00pm) or PM (1:00pm-3:30pm)
If you don’t know what geocaching is, please visit www.geoaching.com (they
have some good short videos and explanations) or see this very recent Calgary
Herald article http://calgaryherald.com/health/diet-fitness/geocaching-if-youhide-it-they-will-come
Please register here: http://goo.gl/forms/uA9dclARVG Registration will be open
from April 1st until April 15th.
If you have any questions, please contact us at [email protected]
Page 6
Sparklefest – April 9, 2016 – Registration closed
Camp Quest (Guide Skills) – April 29-30, 2016 – Registration closed
Beginner Backpacking – June 3-5, 2016 – watch future E-News for details
Check out our camping page on the Calgary Area website!
Are you interested in getting orientation to one of the Calgary Area campsites? Has
it been a while since you did orientation and things have changed? Calgary Area
has 4 fabulous campsites – from residential and established tent sites to more rustic and wilderness camping.
Come check us out! (Please note the change in orientation dates)
 Jubilee – Sunday, May 1 – 10:00 am
 Westover – Sunday, May 1
 NEW – Orientation Bus to Mockingbird & IASG – Saturday, May 7
Register at the Guide Centre - $5/person to reserve your spot (you will receive
an IASG and Mockingbird Camp crest); departs Guide Centre 9 am
 Registration deadline – April 29
 For those guiders who only want one orientation and will drive to that campsite,
contact the Guide Centre. You will be contacted with a meeting time after
April 29. (no registration fee, no crests)
Teepee Tips
 Did you know we have a teepee site at Camp Jubilee?
 If you are interested in booking the Teepee site, Campsite Facilities has prepared a Teepee Tips sheet for
your information. It is filled with great information to help you prepare for your camp and to have a
great experience while at camp.
 You should receive this from the Marketing & Camps Coordinator when you book the site. You can also
access it on the Calgary Girl Guides website – Campsite Bookings page.
Smoke Alarms and Carbon Monoxide Detectors :
 There are currently no smoke detectors in the tenting shelters at Camp Jubilee. Please DO NOT sleep in
the shelters until smoke detectors have been installed and it has been declared safe.
 Please note, at this time, there are no Carbon Monoxide detectors in any of the tenting shelters at Camp
Jubilee or at Camp Mockingbird.
 Campsite Facilities committee is currently addressing this issue.
Page 7
4 Great Leadership Opportunities for you
This is your chance to join our incoming Area
Commissioner, Arzmund Teja, and become a
positive, contributing member of Calgary Area Council. Help shape our Area for tomorrow and support our Guiders and girls today.
We are accepting applications for all positions until MAY 10, 2016.
For more information on these exciting volunteer positions and to access an application
Contact Donna Leonard
[email protected]
AREA COOKIE ADVISER Your work in sharing information about the cookie campaigns, coordinating cookie promotions, and overseeing cookie product ordering will support all
members’ cookie efforts.
AREA MEMBERSHIP ADVISER Working in close partnership with the public relations committee, you will have a lead role in ensuring Guiding is alive, well and growing in Calgary
AREA PROGRAM ADVISER You will support our program team to ensure that Guiders have
the bright ideas and resources they need to do their jobs in the units.
AREA PUBLIC RELATIONS ADVISER Working in close partnership with the membership
committee, you will lead the public relations committee in their work to ensure that great
GUIDING is in the public eye. Your role in promoting the benefits of Guiding to girls and
women will make a difference to each and every one of our members.
Page 8
FrogskinU Money Smarts Sleepover for Rangers
Have a blast learning how to be savvy consumers and money smart!
It’s a murky, mucky world of money out there!
The Calgary Area Program Committee is excited to bring in guest facilitators from FrogskinU Educational Foundation to provide the program for
this sleepover.
Swamp Secrets Revealed teaches youth that money doesn’t grow in machines, the pitfalls of plastic, how to spot internet scams aimed directly at
them, and much, much more. This program is highly recommended for
being educational, worthwhile and FUN!
Friday, April 22 @ 6:30 pm—Saturday, April 23 @ 12:30 pm.
Guide Centre, 2188 Brownsea Drive NW
$60 / girl (GST included)
Safe Guide:This is a yellow event. Program Committee will look after all the Safe Guide paperwork as
well as supply First Aiders and supervisors for you. We will provide the SG1 and SG2 forms
for you to handout to your girls.
Register: Rangers can register and attend individually or as a unit. Either way, units do not have to
supply any supervisors if they don’t want to. Program Committee will cover ratio for you.
Registration will take place March 24th to April 7th. Send an email to
[email protected] stating the number of spaces you would like to reserve.
We will reply with paperwork and payment instructions.
Payment: Do NOT take payment to the Guide office until after you get a reply confirming if you’re in
or not. Payment deadline will be Thursday, April 14. Payment by cash or unit/district
cheque is preferred. However, if a girl is attending independently, she can pay by e-transfer
or personal cheque also.
Refunds: There will be no refunds after you pay but you may make substitutions. Total registration is
limited to a minimum of 30 and a maximum of 35 girls. If we don’t reach the minimum of
30, the event will be cancelled and refunds will be issued.
Page 9
Donations Needed for Rally Day
Fishing Pond Prizes Needed
One of the rally day activities will be an old fashioned fishing
pond and we are asking for donations to use as prizes. Clean
out your storage cupboards. Ask your girls. Any kind of little
trinkets will do. Old McDonalds happy meal toys work great.
Please drop-off your trinkets to the Guide Centre by Friday,
April 22nd.
Newspapers Needed
Another rally day activity needs TONS of newspapers and flyers. Need
30 people to volunteer to save their papers for a month.
Email [email protected] or sign up here
Page 10
Does your unused canoe need a good home?
Calgary Area is in the process of upgrading campsites, including Westover. The recent surge in interest for girls and
Guiders to camp and canoe at Westover Lake has drawn
attention to the sad state of some of the older canoes. If
you have a canoe that is in good shape, stable enough for
beginner canoeists, and just taking up space in your shed or
garage, give us a call. We will gladly take it off your hands,
and give it new life at Westover Lake. Contact Susan Ryan
at [email protected] or 403-281-8211
Canoe repair estimates
Do you know how to repair fibreglass canoes? We have a
project just waiting for you. Several of our Westover canoes could be brought up to scratch with some TLC, that
includes gunnel repair, seat replacement, and maybe some
fiberglass patching. If you have the time and energy, and
you want to make some Guiders and girls very happy, give
us a call. You can come out to Westover with us some fine
day this spring and check them out. If you think you are up
for the challenge, we will get the canoes to you for repair.
Contact Susan Ryan at [email protected] or 403-2818211
. . . and Westover needs new paddles too
The canoe paddles at Westover are somewhat the worse
for wear. They are over 30 years old and the tips have
been exposed to water over a few of those winters. If you
have a paddle or two that you want to send to GGC, just
let us know. We will come and get it, and give it new life
in the hands of Guides, Pathfinders and Rangers at
Westover. Contact Susan Ryan at [email protected] or
403-281-8211. (Note: We have fixed that water problem)
Page 11
Girl Guide Day
Saturday, April 16th 10am-4pm
Join us at the Calgary Scout Shop as we celebrate the relationship between
Guides and Scouts by offering special discounts for Girl Guides of
Canada members.
Two Scout Shop staff members, who are also Guiders, will be on
hand to help you with your purchases.
Whether you are going to a weekend camp, planning an international trip,
or attending Guiding Mosaic this summer, we can outfit you in
quality gear at affordable prices.
Further discounts available to districts and units making
bulk gear purchases. Contact Shop Manager Angela to discuss.
20% off
20% off
Hotcore Roma
sleeping bags
Osprey Ariel and
Viva female-specific
20% off
Blue fleece camp
Girls’ Sleeping Bags
Plus, all Girl Guides of Canada members will receive 10% off everything*
else in the store!
2140 Brownsea Drive NW, next door to the Guide Centre
[email protected]
*excludes Scouts Canada program materials and uniforms, and the Mackenzie and Lair tents.
International Committee News
International Committee News
CWFF: The Canadian World Friendship Fund is an initiative designed to support projects in developing
countries to improve the lives of girls and their communities and offers financial assistance to members
representing Canada in international events. There is an Alberta Girl Guides crest which can be earned by
contributing to the fund!
Travel Traders: Travelling internationally this summer? Looking for crests to trade with Girl Guides around
the world? Email [email protected] for a selection of crests, pins and other traders!
Travel Advisories: All Girl Guides of Canada Guiders and girls travelling internationally are counselled to
keep an eye on the travel advisories issued by Government of Canada. For more information on Girl
Guides of Canada’s policies in regards to these advisories, check the national website.
International Website: Check out the International website for information World Thinking Day,
WAGGGS, CWFF and other helpful International information. Come by once a month for new Instant
Meetings and fun travel tips!
March Travel Tip: Keep a diary. It is very easy to forget the amazing things you have done, and it gives
you something to do on long bus/train/plane trips.
March Instant Meeting: Malawi. Have fun with these colourful African crafts!
Page 13
Plan Ahead for Upcoming Events in Calgary
Are you looking for easy, fun and cheap activities for your unit? There are many events coming up in Calgary
that are very suitable for Guiding units of all ages to attend. The Program Committee encourages you to
check them out. You would be amazed at how many program and badge requirements you can complete at
these events. All of these events are FREE and open to the public.
Law Day (http://lawdayalberta.weebly.com/calgary.html)
Saturday, April 16 @ 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
Calgary Courts Centre (601 – 5 St. SW)
Branch Level: Better for Brownies and up
Their website does not have a detailed schedule of activities for 2016 yet. In the past, this event has typically
included mock trials (one was with Harvey the Hound!), tours of jail cells and lots of interactive stuff. Perfect
way for Guides to complete their Law Awareness badge but all ages will find useful stuff.
Disaster Alley
Sunday, May 8, 2016 (tentative) @ 11 am – 3 pm
East parking lot of McMahon Stadium
Branch Level: Good for all ages
Free event that informs families how to prepare for an
emergency. There will be over 30 exhibitors including the
Calgary Fire Department, Calgary Search and Rescue,
STARS Air Ambulance and many more groups who provide assistance in emergencies and disasters. Depending
on how in depth the girls interact with the exhibitors,
you could probably complete the Alberta Emergency Preparedness Challenge.
Not a singer? We have a small group of guiders who will come to your unit
and sing with your girls during a meeting. We are now recruiting Guiders to
join our team to visit units and sing with the girls. If you like to sing this is
for you! For further information on either item contact Sue at [email protected]
Page 14
Words in Action in Calgary
Calgary Area has decided to collaborate with Calgary Reads for a
second year to help units meet the goals of our Words in Action
National Service Project. Calgary Reads is a local not-for-profit organization that brings together people, schools, community partners and business to make reading a priority. Here are three ways
that you can help.
Collect Used, New or Nearly New Books (April 18—May 3)
COLLECT good quality, gently used books right away. Books can be for children or adults. You can simply ask
your families to donate or try doing a book drive through your neighborhood. The NSP website has tips for
doing a book drive. DELIVER the books to the Guide office from April 18 th - May 3rd and they will be delivered
to the CBC Calgary/Calgary Reads Big Book Sale held at the Calgary Curling Club, May 13-15.
COLLECT new or nearly new books for children of all ages. DELIVER the books to the Guide office from April
18th - May 3rd. These will become part of the Calgary Reads Book Bank for Calgary children who have few or
no books at home.
Help us DELIVER our collections with your strong back and vehicle by signing up at https://
Volunteer (May 3—May 17)
New this year families and service groups are encouraged to volunteer! Children aged 10-16 require parent/
adult supervision. Complete your volunteer application on the Calgary Reads website and you will be contacted by mid March with a link to volunteer yourself or your unit in this service project!
Help at the Book Sale Reading Tent
(Sunday, May 15, 9am - Noon)
Calgary Curling Club (720—3 Street NW).
The Reading Tent is a place where parents can drop off young children while
they shop at the Calgary Reads Big Book Sale. We need Pathfinders and
Rangers to read stories with the children in the tent.
Please sign up directly with the following link:
or email Donnelle Watson for more information at
[email protected] .
Page 15

Similar documents