HAPPY VALLEY-GOOSE BAY, N.L.
To help kick off the 100th Guiding year in Newfoundland and Labrador, two district camps were held at the Christian Youth Camp outside of Happy Valley-Goose Bay for local Guides over two separate weekends in September.
The theme, in keeping with the 100-year anniversary, was Labrador Legacy Camp. A contest was held among the local members of the Lake Melville District to design a camp crest to be earned by those attending.
The criteria was the crest had to reflect what camping, Girl Guides and the 100th year meant to the girls. The winning submission was drawn and submitted by third year Guide Amber Ernst with the 1st Happy Valley Guide Unit.
The weekend of Sept. 21-23 was camp one for the two younger units consisting of Sparks and Brownies, ages five to eight years. On the Friday evening there were 31 girls and eight guiders registered and in attendance.
Camp started with an opening ceremony, girls being divided into patrols, crafts, and presentation of adult guiders camp blankets with all the older earned badges and crest for viewing. The evening ended with snacks, a campfire and campfire songs.
Saturday after breakfast girls hiked, learned to cook on “buddy burners” and learned about compass and trail signs. Saturday evening was eventful as a windstorm blew out the power and downed trees at the camp. For the safety of all involved, camp ended early and by late Saturday evening it was brought to a close.
The weekend of Sept. 28-30 saw camp two for the three older units consisting of Guides, Pathfinders and Rangers, ages 9-15.
On the first evening there were 29 girls and eight guiders registered and in attendance. Camp started with the raising of the flags, girls were assigned cabins and tents, presentation of Adult Guiders Camp Blankets with all the older earned badges and crest for viewing. The evening ended with snacks, a campfire and campfire songs. Several tents full of girls braved the frosty weather and spent the night in tents.
Saturday after breakfast girls hiked the Birch Brook Ski trails and learned about trail signs and compass use. Lunch was again prepared outside using buddy burners. Crafts and free time were an afternoon treat.
Saturday evening saw another campfire and the girls taking part in a night hike to Birch Brook to star gaze and explore in the dark. The evening was finished with fireworks and snacks.
On Sept. 30, all units from Sparks to Rangers were invited back to camp to have a District Enrollment. All new members and members moving up to new units received their pins and all returning girls received earned badges and a camp crest.
There is still space for Sparks and Guides in the district. If interested in joining a unit or becoming an adult guider, contact Heather at email@example.com, or visit www.girlguides.ca.