September Guide ON News stories

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.

9/18/2019 7:31:53 AM