Girl Guides of Canada–Guides du Canada (GGC) is the leading organization for girls and women in Canada, with 83,000 members across the country. Guiding provides a safe environment that invites girls and young women to challenge themselves, find their voice, meet new friends, have fun and make a difference in the world. Guiding gives girls the tools and resources they need to achieve greatness. Empowering, challenging and engaging – that's what today's Girl Guides is all about.
The Girl Program
Today’s Girl Guides offers the widest range of activities of any extracurricular activity for girls and young women, with opportunities to explore the arts, sciences, outdoor challenges, global awareness and so much more through enriching experiences that will stay with them for a lifetime. Our core programming allows girls to develop life and career skills in age appropriate groups, where they participate in a number of standard activities to earn badges. There are five branches of girl programming, by age:
- Sparks (ages 5 and 6)
- Brownies (ages 7 and 8)
- Guides (ages 9 to 11)
- Pathfinders (ages 12 to 14)
- Rangers (ages 15 to 17)
- Lones is an option for girls who are unable to attend regular meetings due to distance, health, studies or physical challenge.
In addition to core programming, Girl Guides have the opportunity to participate in special challenges and activities, according to their particular interests. The range of challenges and activities is vast. Themes include science, the environment, arts, international issues, self-esteem and much more. Upon completion of challenges, girls receive crests in recognition of their achievement.
International Opportunities for Girls
Girl Guides of Canada is dedicated to ensuring that our programming provides opportunities for girls to understand their role in the larger world, so they can develop into informed and responsible global citizens. Our goal is to increase girls’ awareness about the world, promote cross-cultural learning and educate girls on global issues that inspire them to take action.
International programming highlights:
- International travel and global development activities and discussions
- Each year on February 22, World Thinking Day, girls participate in activities and projects with global themes to honour their sister Girl Guides and Girl Scouts in other countries.
- Our Twinning program helps girls connect with youth in other countries.
- Each October, we commemorate International Day of the Girl Child with an “instant meeting” to help girls all across Canada participate in the same activities to address worldwide girl challenges.
- As a member of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS), we’re part of the largest voluntary movement dedicated to girls and young women in the world.
Learn more about the origins and history of Guiding in our Ontario Council Archives online resources.