Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Girl Greatness Starts Here

There are so many posts I have swirling around in my head and none of them have been moulded into anything publishable. I want to tell you about our time at the cottage, about the creative project that Emily and I finally completed, about Emily's birthday and about my sudden desire to get this house organized (one can only tolerate squalor for so long).

Instead I'm going to tell you about something I know virtually nothing about: Girl Guides of Canada.

Emily has been part of a Sparks unit (the youngest group in Girl Guides) since she was eligible at 5 years old. She finished Sparks last spring and was keen on moving up to Brownies. The difficulty was that most Brownie units are held in the evening, finishing around 8:15 pm. That's not good for a girl whose school hours are 8:00 am to 2:30 pm and who requires about 11 hours of sleep to be tolerable. So I toyed with the idea of starting an after-school Brownie unit held at Emily's school. I talked to my friend Julie about it (a seasoned Guider). She was keen to get back into Guiding after a long break and said that she would run the new unit with me. Girl Guides was very interested in my idea and after a couple of phone conversations and a screening, Bob's your uncle. The Unit is starting this September.

Um, yikes.

I was never a Brownie or a Guide (although I openly coveted the chance to wear that brown pleated uniform and matching tam). I know very little about the organization save for the delicious cookies. But, I totally believe in this organization and what they stand for and what they've given to Emily. Here is Girl Guides Canada's Mission Statement:

Girl Guides of Canada-Guides du Canada enables girls to be confident, resourceful and courageous, and to make a difference in the world.
And then there is this excerpt from their program description:
The program fosters creativity, a wide variety of interests, self-esteem, healthy living, initiative, self-reliance, resourcefulness, leadership and the development of core personal values.
and this about Girl Engagement:
By developing and implementing girl engagement at all levels of our organization, we enable girls to develop leadership and life-skills and in turn improve their communities, their country and the world.
How could I not be fully-supportive and excited about being involved? This is girl empowerment at its best. This is fostering and supporting a generation of strong, independent and confident women. I'm fully dedicated to that.

So, even though I'm starting down this road blindfolded (albeit with a friend with a map along for the ride), I'm excited.

If you have a daughter in Ottawa and are looking for a great activity for her this year and are interested in the after-school Brownie Unit, send me an email and I'll send you all the details!


Julie said...

woohoo!!! can't wait to start planning. those girls are going to be so crazy lucky!

you should tweet your post. and i think the ggc blog would be interested in this post too.

Karen said...

Great idea! I just tweeted and sent a link to the GGC bloggers.

Isobel said...

Hmmm. That's worth considering for sure. I always thought Anna would enjoy Girl Guides.

Kristy said...

Hi Karen, great - welcome to the GGC club! I am an Ottawa Brownie leader, and have been working with the kids for 6 years. I have LOTS of neat Ottawa-based ideas for your troop - email me if you want to chat!

DaniGirl said...

Oh fun! I have half a post written about Beloved becoming a Beaver leader for the first time this year. I hear ya! But I love the org, wish we'd had the boys join years ago.

Stephanie ~ Twingle Gal said...

Welcome! I'm from the Hamilton, ON area and have been a Guider for about 10 years, and a girl member before that.
Guiding is a sisterhood and we'll support you any way we can!