September Guide ON News stories

September 24th, 2019

Parents Volunteering at unit meetings and camps
to all adult members
Have you invited parents to assist at upcoming unit meetings or a camp? If so, please have them complete and submit their A.7 Non-Member Volunteer Application Form today! Once their application is received, they will be prompted to complete their Police Record Check (PRC). Our partnership with Sterling BackCheck provides parents with a secure check at a reduced rate, however, if a local police check is being provided, the process could take a few weeks. Safe Guide paperwork is required a minimum of two weeks before your event. To ensure any parents who are participating as Unit Assistants have their PRC on file in time for upcoming events and unit meetings, have them submit their A.7 to member.admin3@guidesontario.org today! 

Can you guess which program in the movement has the longest continuous history apart from the original Guides of 1910?
to all adult members
The answer is Lones! Girls may experience circumstances where they feel they need to cancel their membership because they are unaware of their options. These circumstances provide an opportunity for you, as a Guider, to help a girl continue her membership by sharing information about our Lones program with her. 

Future Voter Challenge
to all adult members and Rangers
We are so excited to announce the Future Voter Challenge! On October 21, 2019, Canadians will be heading to the polls to vote in the federal election. Elections are a time when people from all over Canada can have a say in what happens in their communities and across the country. All units who complete the challenge are eligible to receive a Future Voter Challenge crest. Girls who complete the challenge will also be working towards badges.

Thinking about World Thinking Day 2020?
to all adult members and Rangers
Take the lead or join a committee and host a World Thinking Day 2020 event in your community. On Saturday, February 22nd, 2020, members across Ontario and Nunavut will come together at Girl Guides of Canada, Ontario Council properties and local venues to play Living Threads and celebrate diversity in the Guiding movement. Positions descriptions to lead or support an event are available and applications are now open. 

Laidlaw Foundation Emerging Policy Lab
to all adult members and Rangers
Are you passionate about issues like child welfare reform, gun violence, sexual health and sex education curriculum? This platform is an opportunity to demonstrate your knowledge and expertise! Laidlaw Foundation’s new, online Emerging Policy Lab (EPL) is designed for young people to inform the world about what they feel is a pressing policy issue in Ontario.

A Guider should be two things: Prepared and Resourceful
to all Unit Guiders, Community Guiders and Contact Guiders
Have you been using your resources wisely? Prepare for an upcoming meeting by booking a Resource Guider. Resource Guiders are full GGC members with specialized skills and talents to share. Browse the online listing with your unit to find interesting activities in your community. 

A message from Barbara
to all adult members and Rangers in community 13
The latest news, reminders and tips for Guiding members in community 13. 

A message from Cindy
to all adult members and Rangers in community 21
News, reminders and tips for Guiding members in community 21. 

A message from Brianna
to all adult members in community 24
The latest news, reminders and tips for Guiding members in community 24. 

Welcome Barb Cook, Provincial Cookie Adviser
to all adult members and Rangers
We are excited to announce that Barb Cook (aka B.J., Guider Barb) has accepted the role of Provincial Cookie Adviser for the next three years.

Surplus spring cookies are still available
to all adult members
A summary of changes made for how remaining spring surplus will be invoiced this fall and the limited quantities and locations available. 

Are you ready? Cookie trouble, selling prices and resources for Guiders
to all adult members
To prepare for a smooth fall campaign, please read and review the cookie resources.

Cookie selling tips for girls and families
to all adult members
Some key things for girls to know before selling cookies.

Cookie Days in Canada will be on October 18, 19 and 20th
to all adult members
Find out how to earn the Cookie Days in Canada crest for participating unit. Updated Riocan locations added!

Cookie All Stars
to all adult members
Have you checked with your girls to see if they are interested in Cookie All Stars?Cookie All Stars is a National incentive program that rewards girls for their cookie selling efforts. 

TTC Cookie sales opportunity
to all adult members in communities 13-19, 22, 23, 37, 38 and 41
Great News! Our annual TTC cookie sale is scheduled for three days this year, October 17, 18 and 19th.

Cookie selling opportunity at Erin Mills Town Centre
to all adult members in community 16
Leading up to Cookie Days in Canada (October 18, 19 and 20th, 2019), your wonderful Mississauga Events Trefoil Guild has arranged a cookie sales opportunity at Erin Mills Town Centre.

2020 eNews booking calendar
to all ACLs and ACL Advisers
Reach Guiders in your community. Book your monthly eNews stories today! The ACL eNews booking calendar has been updated for 2020. 

Youth Membership Card template now available
to all Unit Guiders and Community Guiders
Check out this easy-to-use template to print off membership cards for youth members in your unit. Each card can be personalized with the girl’s name and iMIS number. The unit start and end date as well as the unit name is entered once and all cards are populated with the same information. Available in both English and French. 

Did you know? All items representing Girl Guides of Canada (such as crests, patches, labels or clothing) must be approved before they are produced and must include the GGC logo or Trefoil.
to all adult members and Rangers
We're here to help! Review the National Brand Standards (Memberzone login required) and submit your artwork for approval using the artwork approval form. 

Your information is now on your community’s roster
to all Trainers and Trainer Candidates
iMIS has been updated so that your contact information is now listed on your community’s roster as it relates to your position as a Trainer. This means that if anyone in your community is looking for training, they will know that you are someone they can contact that may be able to facilitate the session they wish to run. This is something that senior volunteers in communities have asked for, for many years, and I hope that it will help increase the number of trainings offered. Many thanks for your support of this initiative. Yours in Guiding, Marcia Powers-Dunlop Provincial Training Adviser training.adviser@guidesontario.org. 

TEAM training opportunities
to all adult members and Rangers in community 34
I am an experienced trainer, who is willing to facilitate organized TEAM trainings for members in and around North Bay that wish to expand their knowledge while connecting with other Guiders to share ideas. Please contact me to discuss your training needs at bageroo@sympatico.ca. 

Community Guiders needed
to all adult members
We’re always open for more Community Guiders in Ontario! Can you help? You do not need to be in a unit to undertake this role and it is perfect for somebody who can’t be available each and every week. Even if you’ve had to step back from the weekly meetings, being a Community Guider keeps you involved.

We are seeking inspired leaders to become Administrative Community Leaders (ACLs)
to all adult members in communities 4, 17, 28, 32 and 38
A better world, by girls. We are searching for a new ACL (or a team of co-ACLs!) for your community who can lead adult members and girls to fulfill the new Girl Guides of Canada – Guides du Canada vision and mission to be a catalyst for girls empowering girls. This is an exciting time to be a part of the senior leadership of Ontario Council as GGC evolves to ensure that we are relevant and essential for girls in Canada today. Are you willing to help lead this journey? 

GGC Property Bookings for 2020
to all adult members
Members will be notified of the opening date for 2020 GGC property bookings via the Guide ON eNews later in October. Forms submitted for property bookings before that date will not be considered. 

We've made it easy to plan a fully serviced Outdoor Experience weekend for your unit this fall. View our interactive map (insert link) and register!
to all adult members and Rangers
Planning the Guiding year can be stressful but GGCON is making it easy to tick the boxes of the Girls First program when you take part in a unique fully serviced Outdoor Experience weekend this October and November. Visit our interactive map and use a filter to find a location. Click on the Trefoil to learn more about the Experience and register. Join over 2000 members who have enjoyed an OE weekend and see how easy a weekend away with your unit can be. We've got you covered! We have done the work to plan the program, food, accommodation and most Safe Guide paperwork. We even provide the primary registrant Guider with a resource stating the program connections (Program Area and Theme) based on the activities held during your weekend so you can easily assign badges or awards. Registration fees have been held at 2018 rates and Guiders within ratio attend at no charge. Financial assistance for eligible Girl Members is applied at 50% of the $125 registration fee. Start planning today! 

Getting there is half the fun! New bus transportation subsidy for Outdoor Experience Weekends at Lambton Centre and Camp Kintail this fall
to all adult members in communities 1-4, 6-10, 13, 14, 21 and 41
GGCON is making it easier to get to an Outdoor Experience weekend. If you register for Camp Kintail: November 8-10 (Goderich) and/or Lambton Centre: October 18-20, 2019 (Lambton Shores), you can apply for bus transportation subsidy of up to $250. Both facilities offer heated accommodation and are planning amazing programs for all branches. As always, professional staff take care of all the food and programming for you.

Reach new heights! Challenge Guides, Pathfinders and Rangers to a day-only Outdoor Experience at Laurentian University
to Guide, Pathfinder, Ranger and Trex/Extra Ops Unit Guiders and Community Guiders in communities 5, 31-34 and 36
This is an amazing team-building experience in Sudbury to begin the Guiding year, facilitated by staff and students at Laurentian University and exclusively for Girl Guides! The activities begin at 10:00 a.m. on October 5th with group initiative tasks followed by low ropes activities like Whale Watch, Zig-Zag and Nitro Crossing. Girls will then be able to climb as many high rope elements as possible and learn about belaying, knots, ropes and carabiners. Finish off with a giant swing and head home by 2:00 p.m. Registration opens September 11, 2019. Cost for each girl is $25+HST and adults attend on a complimentary basis. 

Camp Smitty is the best kept secret, just 1.5 hours from Ottawa!
to all Contact Guiders in communities 24-30
November 1st-3rd is perfect timing for an exclusive Girl Guide weekend away to Mink Lake. You will have time to learn about the girls in your unit before you take them away for a wonderful weekend with plenty of opportunities to team build. Sleep in a rustic cabin setting with lots of activities day and night that meet program areas in the Girls First theme, Into the Outdoors. This camp is operated by Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa and staff have many years of experience working with youth in a safe and supportive environment. Eligible girl members can receive financial assistance. 

Skip over to the shores of Lake Huron to Lambton Centre
to all Contact Guiders in communities 1-4 and 8
Only 30 minutes north of Sarnia and 60 minutes from London, the Lambton Centre provides girls from all branches with age-appropriate program on this spectacular Outdoor Experience weekend on October 18-20th. Enjoy the Carolinian forest showing off its fall colours! Activities include everything from climbing to crafting. Try out the popular camp game Gaga Ball, learn camp survival skills and so much more. We’ll cover many areas of the Girls First program theme, Into the Outdoors. Eligible girl members can receive financial assistance.

RKY not? Outdoor Experience weekend at RKY (Rotary, Kiwanis and YMCA Camp)
to all Unit Guiders and Community Guiders in communities 24-29, 30 and 40
Just an hour north of Kingston on the shores of Eagle Lake, RKY camp is hosting a fabulous fall weekend for Girl Guides and all branches are welcome. For nearly 90 years RKY has fostered an environment for young people to feel a sense of empowerment in a natural and safe environment. Girls in your unit will enjoy climbing, archery, play initiative games, learn survival skills and participate in many activities that will meet program areas of the Into the Outdoors theme for the Girls First program – easy for you to track, easy for them to achieve! Eligible girl members can receive financial assistance. 

Tu-Whit, Tu-Whit Tawingo! Outdoor Experience weekend in Huntsville at Camp Tawingo on October 18-20th
to all adult members in communities 5, 9-23, 31-34, 37, 38 and 41
Register your unit for this exclusive Girl Guide weekend with programming for all branches. Surrounded by spectacular fall colours, the world renowned Tawingo staff provide high quality, flexible programming as they work with Guiders and girls to shape the Outdoor Experience they want. Be a catalyst for girls empowering girls during your hike to Eagle Mountain, play initiative games and finish your days with a beautiful campfire! Campers stay in comfortable cabins while professionals take care of the food and programming for you.

Order your Doe Lake 70th Anniversary Memories Book
to all adult members and Rangers in communities 4, 5, 8-23, 31, 32, 37, 38 and 41
We would like to announce the publication of Doe Lake Memories Book, 2nd Edition, in celebration of 70 years of Doe Lake Girl Guide Camp. 

Clear the Air on Vaping Risks – Service Project Grants for Rangers
to all Rangers and Ranger Unit Guiders and Community Guiders
Calling all creative and health-conscious Rangers. Reach out to Melina MacLean at melina.maclean@gmail.com by September 30th, 2019 if you are interested in participating in a project funded by Health Canada on the risks of vaping. 

Don't miss your flight! 2020 Nationally Sponsored Trips girl applications are closing soon
to all Guide, Pathfinder, Ranger and Trex/Extra Ops Unit Guiders and Community Guiders
There's nothing like a Guiding trip to enable girls to see the world – and themselves – in a whole new way. Girl Guides of Canada's Nationally-Sponsored Trips (NSTs) enable members to travel all over the world; fostering independence and developing essential skills like teamwork and financial planning. Explore the opportunities. Young adults and girls may apply for NSTs until October 9th, 2019. 

Traveling with Girl Guides
to all ACLs, ACL Advisers and Guide, Pathfinder, Ranger and Trex/Extra Ops Unit Guiders, Community Guiders and Contact Guiders
Here are some helpful tips from Kris McGee and Denise Buchel-Rainford, co-International Advisers. 

September 17th, 2019

Unit start dates for the 2019-2020 Guiding year
select Unit Guiders
As confirmed by the Unit Readiness emails you would have received this summer, your unit’s noted start date is the week of September 23rd. This date has also been confirmed to the parents in your unit.

Can you guess which program in the movement has the longest continuous history apart from the original Guides of 1910?
to all adult members
The answer is Lones! Girls may experience circumstances where they feel they need to cancel their membership because they are unaware of their options. These circumstances provide an opportunity for you, as a Guider, to help a girl continue her membership by sharing information about our Lones program with her. 

Future Voter Challenge
to all adult members and Rangers
We are so excited to announce the Future Voter Challenge! On October 21, 2019, Canadians will be heading to the polls to vote in the federal election. Elections are a time when people from all over Canada can have a say in what happens in their communities and across the country. All units who complete the challenge are eligible to receive a Future Voter Challenge crest. Girls who complete the challenge will also be working towards badges. 

Community Guider news
to all ACLs, ACL Advisers and Community Guiders
A message from Jan Hester, Community Guider Adviser.

Are you part of the community 6 Facebook group?
to all adult members in community 6
A group for community 6 Guiders to ask questions, create connections, see local events and get in the know of what's going on in community 6. Connect with local units, get answers to questions you may have on our online community 6 Facebook group. 

A message from Cindy
to all adult members and Rangers in community 21
The latest news, reminders and tips for Guiding members in community 21. 

A message from Brianna
to all adult members in community 24
The latest news, reminders and tips for Guiding members in community 24. 

A message from Ann and Wendy
to all adult members in community 27
The latest news, reminders and tips for Guiding members in community 27. 

A message from Melissa
to all adult members in community 31
The latest news, reminders and tips for Guiding members in community 31. 

Trefoil Guild news
to all Trefoil Guild Members
A message from Chris Stevenson, Trefoil Guild Adviser.

Cookie All Stars
to all adult members
Have you checked with your girls to see if they are interested in Cookie All Stars?Cookie All Stars is a National incentive program that rewards girls for their cookie selling efforts.

Cookie trouble
to all adult members
What to do if you find any missing or damaged cookie boxes this fall cookie campaign. 

Confirmed cookie delivery dates
to all Cookie Orderers
Please check your emails for your units’ confirmed delivery dates. 

Warm weather cookie storage
to all adult members
Although we are entering the fall campaign, temperatures in September can be rough on our chocolatey mint cookies. Here are some quick cookie storage reminders. 

If you are looking to order some for your LONES girls this campaign, we have a process for you!
to all LONES Guiders
At this time in the campaign, a surplus request can be placed for your LONE unit girls.

Cookie Days in Canada will be on October 18, 19 and 20th.
to all adult members
Find out how to earn the Cookie Days in Canada crest for participating units!

Burlington Tag Days
to all adult members in community 41
The city of Burlington has confirmed the following dates for fall 2019 Tag Days for October 19 and 26th. 

Cookie selling opportunity
to all adult members in community 16
Leading up to Cookie Days in Canada (October 18, 19 and 20th, 2019), your wonderful Mississauga Events Trefoil Guild has arranged a cookie sales opportunity at Erin Mills Town Centre. 

Thinking about World Thinking Day 2020?
to all adult members and Rangers
Take the lead or join a committee and host a World Thinking Day 2020 event in your community. On Saturday, February 22nd, 2020, members across Ontario and Nunavut will come together at Girl Guides of Canada, Ontario Council properties and local venues to play Living Threads and celebrate diversity in the Guiding movement. Applications are now open to lead or support an event. 

GGC Property Bookings for 2020
to all adult members
Members will be notified of the opening date for 2020 GGC property bookings via the Guide ON eNews later in October. Forms submitted for property bookings before that date will not be considered. 

Getting there is half the fun! New bus transportation subsidy for Outdoor Experience Weekends at Lambton Centre and Camp Kintail this fall
to all adult members in communities 1-4, 6-10, 13, 14, 21 and 41
GGCON is making it easier to get to an Outdoor Experience weekend. If you register for Camp Kintail: November 8-10 (Goderich) and/or Lambton Centre: October 18-20, 2019 (Lambton Shores), you can apply for bus transportation subsidy of up to $250. Both facilities offer heated accommodation and are planning amazing programs for all branches. As always, professional staff take care of all the food and programming for you. 

Oh Boy! oTENTiks at YMCA Camp Henry
to all adult members in communities 1 and 3
Stay in unique accommodations at this Outdoor Experience weekend on October 4-6th in Leamington. oTENTik’s are a cross between a tent and a cabin equipped with a heating unit for cool nights. All branches are invited to enjoy a fantastic array of activities in beautiful Point Pelee. Gain skills in archery, outdoor living or biking and enjoy a Night Watchers game and a campfire during the evening. Eligible girl members can receive financial assistance.

Into the woods and into the outdoors at Lake St. George
to all Contact Guiders in communities 13-19, 22, 23, 37, 38 and 41
This TRCA Field Centre is conveniently located just 45 minutes north of Richmond Hill. Two weekend dates are offered that provide age-appropriate programming delivered by outdoor educators (OTF). Guide, Pathfinder and Ranger units can register for October 18-20th and Spark, Brownie and Guide units for November 15-17th. Girls will enjoy the spectacular surroundings while they play outdoors during the day and sleep in cozy dormitory-style rooms at night. This experience is a great way to begin the Guiding year with cooperative games to build team spirit and confidence. Eligible girl members can receive financial assistance.

Skip over to the shores of Lake Huron to Lambton Centre
to all Contact Guiders in communities 1-4 and 8
Only 30 minutes north of Sarnia and 60 minutes from London, the Lambton Centre provides girls from all branches with age-appropriate program on this spectacular Outdoor Experience weekend on October 18-20th. Enjoy the Carolinian forest showing off its fall colours! Activities include everything from climbing to crafting. Try out the popular camp game Gaga Ball, learn camp survival skills and so much more. We’ll cover many areas of the Girls First program theme, Into the Outdoors. Eligible girl members can receive financial assistance. 

RKY not? Outdoor Experience Weekend at RKY (Rotary, Kiwanis and YMCA Camp)
to all Unit Guiders and Community Guiders in communities 24-29, 30 and 40
Just an hour north of Kingston on the shores of Eagle Lake, RKY camp is hosting a fabulous fall weekend for Girl Guides and all branches are welcome. For nearly 90 years RKY has fostered an environment for young people to feel a sense of empowerment in a natural and safe environment. Girls in your unit will enjoy climbing, archery, play initiative games, learn survival skills and participate in many activities that will meet program areas of the Into the Outdoors theme for the Girls First program – easy for you to track, easy for them to achieve! Eligible girl members can receive financial assistance. 

Day-Oh! Now offering day-only Outdoor Experience at Camp Henry on October 5th
to all adult members in communities 1-4 and 9
Located in Point Pelee National Park, this is your chance to get a taste of a planned program Outdoor Experience without spending the entire weekend at camp. All ages are welcome and this is perfect for younger girls to get a sample of camp life. Hike to the tip (Canada’s most southern point), enjoy archery and more! The cost is $30+HST per girl and adults within Safe Guide ratio come for free. Participants are responsible for their own bagged lunch and snacks.

Tu-Whit, Tu-Whit Tawingo! Outdoor Experience Weekend in Huntsville at Camp Tawingo on October 18-20th
to all adult members in communities 5, 9-23, 31-34, 37, 38 and 41
Register your unit for this exclusive Girl Guide weekend with programming for all branches. Surrounded by spectacular fall colours, the world renowned Tawingo staff provide high quality, flexible programming as they work with Guiders and girls to shape the Outdoor Experience they want. Be a catalyst for girls empowering girls during your hike to Eagle Mountain, play initiative games and finish your days with a beautiful campfire! Campers stay in comfortable cabins while professionals take care of the food and programming for you. 

Do you know a member who has gone above and beyond?
to all adult members and Rangers
Please consider nominating them for a Guiding award to let them know how much they are appreciated. Did you know that award applications are reviewed by members, just like you? Depending on the nature of the award, it can take up to eight weeks to review and approve, so remember to allow time for processing.

Announcing an exciting Independent International Trip to Our Cabana
to Pathfinder, Ranger and Trex/Extra Ops Contact Guiders, Unit Guiders and Community Guiders in communities 13-19, 22, 23, 37, 38 and 41
Plans are underway to take a group of Pathfinders and Rangers to Our Cabana in 2020. This will be a multipurpose trip allowing the participants to experience International travel, Mexican culture, a community action activity, an aquatic park and a program session at Our Cabana (one of our Guiding World Centres). 

We are seeking inspired leaders to become Administrative Community Leaders (ACLs)
to all adult members in communities 4, 17, 28, 32 and 38
A better world, by girls. We are searching for a new ACL (or a team of co-ACLs!) for your community who can lead adult members and girls to fulfill the new Girl Guides of Canada – Guides du Canada vision and mission to be a catalyst for girls empowering girls. This is an exciting time to be a part of the senior leadership of Ontario Council as GGC evolves to ensure that we are relevant and essential for girls in Canada today. Are you willing to help lead this journey? 

Provincial Council position - Link Liaison
to all adult members
The Link Liaison promotes and supports Link membership for women 18 to 30 years of age. In this role, you will facilitate the advancement of ideas and recommendations initiated by Link and Ranger members to the provincial office and champion Link membership within the organization and to the public. 

Community Guiders needed!
to all adult members
We’re always open for more Community Guiders in Ontario! Can you help? You do not need to be in a unit to undertake this role and it is perfect for somebody who can’t be available each and every week. Even if you’ve had to step back from the weekly meetings, being a Community Guider keeps you involved. 

Ontario Trefoil Guild Challenge
to all adult members
The members of the 2nd Moira Trefoil Guild challenge you to complete the new Ontario Trefoil Challenge. The activities give Trefoil Guild members the opportunity to explore, experience, learn, share and have fun through the sisterhood of Guiding. 

September 10th, 2019

Awesome ACL information
to all ACLs and ACL Advisers and Community Guider Adviser
News, reminders and tips for ACLs from Cherylyn Sawatzky, Deputy Provincial Commissioner. 

We are seeking inspired leaders to become Administrative Community Leaders (ACLs)
to all adult members in communities 4, 17, 28, 32 and 38
A better world, by girls. We are searching for a new ACL (or a team of co-ACLs!) for your community who can lead adult members and girls to fulfill the new Girl Guides of Canada – Guides du Canada vision and mission to be a catalyst for girls empowering girls. This is an exciting time to be a part of the senior leadership of Ontario Council as GGC evolves to ensure that we are relevant and essential for girls in Canada today. Are you willing to help lead this journey? 

Community Guiders needed!
to all adult members
We’re always open for more Community Guiders in Ontario! Can you help? You do not need to be in a unit to undertake this role and it is perfect for somebody who can’t be available each and every week. Even if you’ve had to step back from the weekly meetings, being a Community Guider keeps you involved. 

Provincial Council position - Link Liaison
to all adult members
The Link Liaison promotes and supports Link membership for women 18 to 30 years of age. In this role, you will facilitate the advancement of ideas and recommendations initiated by Link and Ranger members to the provincial office and champion Link membership within the organization and to the public.

A message from Brianna Warr-Hunter, Administrative Community Leader
to all adult members and Rangers in community 24
The latest news, reminders and tips for Guiding members in community 24. 

A message from Melissa Knott
to all adult members in community 38
Looking to connect with local Guiders? Want trip ideas? Keep up-to-date on all things Guiding in community 38 by joining our Facebook group for Community 38 Guiders! 

A message from Gwendolyn and Carrie
to all adult members in community 3
The latest news, reminders and tips for Guiding members in community 3.

It's time to place your 2019 provincial notecard order
to all ACLs and ACL Advisers
Use these notecards to communicate with local Guiders to offer thanks, recognition or any other type of personal communications. Deadline is Friday, September 20th. 

It's time to place your 2019 provincial notecard order
to Ontario Council and Provincial Advisers
Use these notecards to communicate with Guiders to offer thanks, recognition or any other type of personal communications. Deadline is Friday, September 20th. 

Confirmed cookie delivery dates
to all Cookie Orderers
Please check your emails for your units’ confirmed delivery dates.

Cookie Days in Canada will be on October 18, 19 and 20th.
to all adult members
To reward girls for their hard work this weekend, the Cookie Days in Canada crest is available to any units who participate. 

Burlington Tag Days
to all adult members in community 41
The city of Burlington has confirmed the following dates for fall 2019 Tag Days for October 19 and 26th.

Cookie selling opportunity
to all adult members in community 16
Leading up to Cookie Days in Canada (October 18, 19 and 20th, 2019), your wonderful Mississauga Events Trefoil Guild has arranged a cookie sales opportunity at Erin Mills Town Centre. 

Are you ready for the fall 2019 cookie campaign?
to all adult members
Here are some things to watch for as you prepare for the arrival of cookies. 

Changes to profit portions for remaining spring surplus cookies
to all adult members
Starting September 1st, all spring surplus cases signed out during the fall 2019 campaign will be invoiced at a set tier level of $12.25 per case.

Are you looking for surplus cookies?
to all adult members
This Cookie department has developed a surplus cookie request form for both the fall and spring campaigns. 

Warm weather cookie storage
to all adult members
Although we are entering the fall campaign, temperatures in September can be rough on our chocolatey mint cookies. Here are some quick cookie storage reminders.

If you are looking to order some cookies for your LONES girls this campaign, we have a process for you!
to all LONES Guiders
At this time in the campaign, a surplus request can be placed for your LONE unit girls.

TTC Cookie sales opportunity
to all adult members in communities 13-19, 22, 23, 37, 38 and 41
Great News! Our annual TTC cookie sale is scheduled for three days this year, October 17, 18 and 19th. 

New Guider Learning Path
to all adult members and Rangers
Not just for new Guiders! This fall, GGC is excited to launch a new training program for adult members as they start their Guiding journey. The New Guider Learning Path is a series of five courses that ensure Guiders feel confident and prepared to lead their units. 

We've made it easy to plan a fully serviced Outdoor Experience weekend for your unit this fall. View our interactive map (insert link) and register!
to all adult members and Rangers
Planning the Guiding year can be stressful but GGCON is making it easy to tick the boxes of the Girls First program when you take part in one of 17 unique fully serviced Outdoor Experience weekends this October and November. Visit our interactive map (insert link) and use a filter to search location and then click on the Trefoil to find out full details and how to register. Join over 2000 members who have enjoyed an OE weekend and see how easy a weekend away with your unit can be. We've got you covered as we have done the work to plan the program, food, accommodation and most Safe Guide paperwork. We even provide the primary registrant Guider with a resource stating the Girls First program connections (Program Area and Theme) based on the activities held during your weekend so you can easily assign badges or awards. Registration fees have been held at 2018 rates and Guiders within ratio attend at no charge. Financial assistance for eligible Girl Members is applied at 50% of the $125 registration fee. Start planning today! 

Camp Kintail or Lambton Centre
to all adult members in communities 1-4, 6-10, 13, 14, 21 and 41
Getting there is half the fun! New bus transportation subsidy for Outdoor Experience Weekends at Lambton Centre and Camp Kintail this fall

Reach new heights! Challenge Guides, Pathfinders and Rangers to a day-only Outdoor Experience at Laurentian University
to Guide, Pathfinder, Ranger and Trex/Extra Ops Unit Guiders and Community Guiders in communities 5, 31-34 and 36
This is an amazing team-building experience in Sudbury to begin the Guiding year, facilitated by staff and students at Laurentian University and exclusively for Girl Guides! The activities begin at 10:00 a.m. on October 5th with group initiative tasks followed by low ropes activities like Whale Watch, Zig-Zag and Nitro Crossing. Girls will then be able to climb as many high rope elements as possible and learn about belaying, knots, ropes and carabiners. Finish off with a giant swing and head home by 2:00 p.m. Registration opens September 11, 2019. Cost for each girl is $25+HST and adults attend on a complimentary basis. 

Start the Guiding year off the easy way. Choose from three Outdoor Experience weekends at Albion Hills Field Centre in Caledon
to all Unit Guiders and Community Guiders in communities 13-19, 22, 23, 37, 38 and 41
Outdoor educators (OTF) will provide an incredible branch-appropriate experience. Hosted weekends for Girl Guides of Canada begin October 4-6th for Guides, Pathfinders and Rangers. On October 18-20th, Sparks and Brownies are welcomed and on November 8-10th Brownies and Guides get outdoors. Located only one hour north of Toronto, a visit to Albion Hills is convenient for parent drop-off or a short bus ride from the GTA. Activities held in the beautiful Oak Ridges Moraine will cover program in the Girls First theme area of Into the Outdoors. Eligible girl members can receive financial assistance.

Oh Boy! oTENTiks at YMCA Camp Henry
to all adult members in communities 1 and 3
Stay in unique accommodations at this Outdoor Experience weekend on October 4-6th in Leamington. oTENTik’s are a cross between a tent and a cabin equipped with a heating unit for cool nights. All branches are invited to enjoy a fantastic array of activities in beautiful Point Pelee. Gain skills in archery, outdoor living or biking and enjoy a Night Watchers game and a campfire during the evening. Eligible girl members can receive financial assistance.

Camp Smitty is the best-kept secret, just 1.5 hours from Ottawa!
to all Contact Guiders in communities 24-30
November 1st-3rd is perfect timing for an exclusive Girl Guide weekend away to Mink Lake. You will have time to learn about the girls in your unit before you take them away for a wonderful weekend with plenty of opportunities to team build. Sleep in a rustic cabin setting with lots of activities day and night that meet program areas in the Girls First theme, Into the Outdoors. This camp is operated by Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa and staff have many years of experience working with youth in a safe and supportive environment. Eligible girl members can receive financial assistance. 

Into the woods and into the outdoors at Lake St. George
to all Contact Guiders in communities 13-19, 22, 23, 37, 38 and 41
This TRCA Field Centre is conveniently located just 45 minutes north of Richmond Hill. Two weekend dates are offered that provide age-appropriate programming delivered by outdoor educators (OTF). Guide, Pathfinder and Ranger units can register for October 18-20th and Spark, Brownie and Guide units for November 15-17th. Girls will enjoy the spectacular surroundings while they play outdoors during the day and sleep in cozy dormitory-style rooms at night. This experience is a great way to begin the Guiding year with cooperative games to build team spirit and confidence. Eligible girl members can receive financial assistance.

Skip over to the shores of Lake Huron to Lambton Centre
to all Contact Guiders in communities 1-4 and 8
Only 30 minutes north of Sarnia and 60 minutes from London, the Lambton Centre provides girls from all branches with age-appropriate program on this spectacular Outdoor Experience weekend on October 18-20th. Enjoy the Carolinian forest showing off its fall colours! Activities include everything from climbing to crafting. Try out the popular camp game Gaga Ball, learn camp survival skills and so much more. We’ll cover many areas of the Girls First program theme, Into the Outdoors. Eligible girl members can receive financial assistance. 

RKY not? Outdoor Experience Weekend at RKY (Rotary, Kiwanis and YMCA Camp)
to all Unit Guiders and Community Guiders in communities 24-29, 30 and 40
Just an hour north of Kingston on the shores of Eagle Lake, RKY camp is hosting a fabulous fall weekend for Girl Guides and all branches are welcome. For nearly 90 years RKY has fostered an environment for young people to feel a sense of empowerment in a natural and safe environment. Girls in your unit will enjoy climbing, archery, play initiative games, learn survival skills and participate in many activities that will meet program areas of the Into the Outdoors theme for the Girls First program – easy for you to track, easy for them to achieve! Eligible girl members can receive financial assistance.

Day-Oh! Now offering day-only Outdoor Experience at Camp Henry on October 5th
to all adult members in communities 1-4 and 9
Located in Point Pelee National Park, this is your chance to get a taste of a planned program Outdoor Experience without spending the entire weekend at camp. All ages are welcome and this is perfect for younger girls to get a sample of camp life. Hike to the tip (Canada’s most southern point), enjoy archery and more! The cost is $30+HST per girl and adults within Safe Guide ratio come for free. Participants are responsible for their own bagged lunch and snacks. 

Tu-Whit, Tu-Whit Tawingo! Outdoor Experience Weekend in Huntsville at Camp Tawingo on October 18-20th
to all adult members in communities 5, 9-23, 31-34, 37, 38 and 41
Register your unit for this exclusive Girl Guide weekend with programming for all branches. Surrounded by spectacular fall colours, the world renowned Tawingo staff provide high quality, flexible programming as they work with Guiders and girls to shape the Outdoor Experience they want. Be a catalyst for girls empowering girls during your hike to Eagle Mountain, play initiative games and finish your days with a beautiful campfire! Campers stay in comfortable cabins while professionals take care of the food and programming for you. Eligible girl members can receive financial assistance.

Can you guess which program in the movement has the longest continuous history apart from the original Guides of 1910?
to all adult members
The answer is Lones! Girls may experience circumstances where they feel they need to cancel their membership because they are unaware of their options. These circumstances provide an opportunity for you, as a Guider, to help a girl continue her membership by sharing information about our Lones program with her. 

Are you a Guider new to your branch level?
to all Unit Guiders and Community Guiders
Unit Guider appointment pins are mailed out weekly only to Guiders who are new to their specific branch level. Watch your mail, a pin could be coming to you! Read more

Last Call for 2020 NST Guider Applications
to all adult members
Supporting girls on a Nationally-Sponsored Trip (NST) is an incredible experience – and a huge responsibility. Girl-Guides of Canada is seeking experienced travelers and leaders to chaperone girls on the trip of a lifetime. You will be able to experience the global sisterhood of Guiding while ensuring that girls are healthy, happy and safe throughout their journey. Applications take about three hours to complete, plus time for your recommender t complete their part. The deadline is September 11th, 2019. Young adults and girls may apply for NSTs until October 9th, 2019.

Clear the Air on Vaping Risks – Service Project Grants for Rangers
to all Rangers and Ranger Unit Guiders and Community Guiders
Calling all creative and health-conscious Rangers. Reach out to Melina MacLean at melina.maclean@gmail.com by September 30th, 2019 if you are interested in participating in a project funded by Health Canada on the risks of vaping. 

 

September 3rd, 2019

A message from Melissa Martin and Lisa Nicholas, Provincial Commissioners
to all adult members and Rangers
Check out the latest message from your new Provincial Commissioners, Lisa and Melissa. 

Awesome ACL information
to all ACLs and ACL Advisers and Community Guider Adviser
The latest news, reminders and tips for ACLs from Cherylyn Sawatzky, Deputy Provincial Commissioner. 

Can you guess which program in the movement has the longest continuous history apart from the original Guides of 1910?
to all adult members
The answer is Lones! Girls may experience circumstances where they feel they need to cancel their membership because they are unaware of their options. These circumstances provide an opportunity for you, as a Guider, to help a girl continue her membership by sharing information about our Lones program with her. 

We are seeking inspired leaders to become Administrative Community Leaders (ACLs)
to all adult members in communities 4, 17, 28 and 38
A better world, by girls. We are searching for a new ACL (or a team of co-ACLs!) for your community who can lead adult members and girls to fulfill the new Girl Guides of Canada – Guides du Canada vision and mission to be a catalyst for girls empowering girls. This is an exciting time to be a part of the senior leadership of Ontario Council as GGC evolves to ensure that we are relevant and essential for girls in Canada today. Are you willing to help lead this journey? 

Provincial Council position - Link Liaison
to all adult members
The Link Liaison promotes and supports Link membership for women 18 to 30 years of age. In this role, you will facilitate the advancement of ideas and recommendations initiated by Link and Ranger members to the provincial office and champion Link membership within the organization and to the public. 

Community Guiders needed
to all adult members
We’re always open for more Community Guiders in Ontario! Can you help? You do not need to be in a unit to undertake this role and it is perfect for somebody who can’t be available each and every week. Even if you’ve had to step back from the weekly meetings, being a Community Guider keeps you involved.

A message from Regan Avis
to all adult members and Rangers in community 6
The latest news, reminders and tips for Guiding members in community 6.

A message from Clair Bonanno and Suzanne McNeil
to all adult members in community 41
The latest news, reminders and tips for Guiding members in community 41.

TR.4 forms were due August 31st
to all Trainers and Trainer Candidates
If you have not already submitted your TR.4 form, please submit it to training.development@guidesontario.org for review and processing.

TEAM training opportunities
to all adult members and Rangers in community 34
I am an experienced trainer, who is willing to facilitate organized TEAM trainings for members in and around North Bay that wish to expand their knowledge while connecting with other Guiders to share ideas. Please contact me to discuss your training needs at bageroo@sympatico.ca.

If you are looking to order cookies for your LONES girls this campaign, we have a process for you!
to all LONES Guiders
At this time in the campaign, a surplus request can be placed for your LONE unit girls. 

Cookie Selling opportunity at Canada’s Baking and Sweets Show
to all adult members in communities 13-19, 22, 23, 37, 38 and 41
Looking for a group sale opportunity in the GTA this fall? The Canada’s Baking and Sweets Show is offering three selling shifts for units. 

Are you looking for surplus cookies?
to all adult members
The Cookie department has developed a surplus cookie request form for both the fall and spring campaigns. 

Please watch for your confirmed cookie delivery dates
to all Cookie Orderers
Confirmed dates should be arriving within the next week.

Warm weather cookie storage
to all adult members
Although we are entering the fall campaign, temperatures in September can be rough on our chocolatey mint cookies. Here are some quick cookie storage reminders. 

Cookie money best practices
to all adult members
Prepare to be surprised this September. Cookie cases and boxes will have the manufacturing date written in standard form. 

Unit cookie distribution form and sale price
to all adult members
Each campaign, Guiders sign out thousands of cases of cookies to families in Ontario. We are so thankful for your diligent work in record keeping for your units and wanted to highlight some of the benefits of completing the Unit Cookie Distribution Form. 

Are you ready for the Fall 2019 cookie campaign?
to all adult members
Here are some things to watch for as you prepare for the arrival of cookies. 

Changes to profit portions for remaining spring surplus cookies
to all adult members
Starting September 1st, all spring surplus cases signed out during the fall 2019 campaign will be invoiced at a set tier level of $12.25 per case. 

C is for cookie and that’s all from me!
to all adult members and Rangers
A fond farewell message from Kristi Kanitz, outgoing Ontario Cookie Adviser.

Getting there is half the fun! New bus transportation subsidy for Outdoor Experience weekends at Lambton Centre and Camp Kintail this fall
to all adult members in communities 1-4, 6-10, 13, 14, 21 and 41
GGCON is making it easier to get to an Outdoor Experience weekend. If you register for Camp Kintail: November 8-10 (Goderich) and/or Lambton Centre: October 18-20, 2019 (Lambton Shores), you can apply for bus transportation subsidy of up to $250. Both facilities offer heated accommodation and are planning amazing programs for all branches. As always, professional staff take care of all the food and programming for you. 

Day-Oh! Now offering day-only Outdoor Experience at Camp Henry on October 5th
to all adult membes in communities 1-4 and 9
Located in Point Pelee National Park, this is your chance to get a taste of a planned program Outdoor Experience without spending the entire weekend at camp. All ages are welcome and this is perfect for younger girls to get a sample of camp life. Hike to the tip (Canada’s most southern point), enjoy archery and more! The cost is $30+HST per girl and adults within Safe Guide ratio come for free. Participants are responsible for their own bagged lunch and snacks. 

Start the Guiding year off the easy way. Choose from three Outdoor Experience weekends at Albion Hills Field Centre in Caledon
to all Unit Guiders and Community Guiders in communities 13-19, 22, 23, 37, 38 and 41
Outdoor educators (OTF) will provide an incredible branch-appropriate experience. Hosted weekends for Girl Guides of Canada begin October 4-6th for Guides, Pathfinders and Rangers. On October 18-20th, Sparks and Brownies are welcomed and on November 8-10th Brownies and Guides get outdoors. Located only one hour north of Toronto, a visit to Albion Hills is convenient for parent drop-off or a short bus ride from the GTA. Activities held in the beautiful Oak Ridges Moraine will cover program in the Girls First theme area of Into the Outdoors. Eligible girl members can receive financial assistance. 

Oh Boy! oTENTiks at YMCA Camp Henry
to all adult members in communities 1 and 3
Stay in unique accommodations at this Outdoor Experience weekend on October 4-6th in Leamington. oTENTik’s are a cross between a tent and a cabin equipped with a heating unit for cool nights. All branches are invited to enjoy a fantastic array of activities in beautiful Point Pelee. Gain skills in archery, outdoor living or biking and enjoy a Night Watchers game and a campfire during the evening. Eligible girl members can receive financial assistance.

Camp Smitty is the best-kept secret, just 1.5 hours from Ottawa!
to all Contact Guiders in communities 24-30
November 1st-3rd is perfect timing for an exclusive Girl Guide weekend away to Mink Lake. You will have time to learn about the girls in your unit before you take them away for a wonderful weekend with plenty of opportunities to team build. Sleep in a rustic cabin setting with lots of activities day and night that meet program areas in the Girls First theme, Into the Outdoors. This camp is operated by Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa and staff have many years of experience working with youth in a safe and supportive environment. Eligible girl members can receive financial assistance. 

Tu-Whit, Tu-Whit Tawingo! Outdoor Experience weekend in Huntsville at Camp Tawingo on October 18-20th
to all adult members in communities 5, 9-23, 31-34, 37, 38 and 41
Register your unit for this exclusive Girl Guide weekend with programming for all branches. Surrounded by spectacular fall colours, the world renowned Tawingo staff provide high quality, flexible programming as they work with Guiders and girls to shape the Outdoor Experience they want. Be a catalyst for girls empowering girls during your hike to Eagle Mountain, play initiative games and finish your days with a beautiful campfire! Campers stay in comfortable cabins while professionals take care of the food and programming for you. 

It's never too early to nominate for Guiding awards
to all adult members and Rangers
Do you know a member who has gone above and beyond? Please consider nominating them for a Guiding award to let them know how much they are appreciated. Did you know that award applications are reviewed by members, just like you? Depending on the nature of the award, it can take up to eight weeks to review and approve, so remember to allow time for processing.

Your Trex adventure awaits
to all adult members and Rangers in communities 32, 37, 38 and 99
Calling all Pathfinders and Rangers and girls aged 12-17. The 1st Hayes Trex Unit challenges Pathfinder and Ranger-aged girls to explore their own ideas while they help to design a girl-led and girl-driven adventure program.

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