Friday, March 26, 2010

Girl Guides of Canada’s “Camperships” enable 38 girls from across the country to experience 10 days of fun, friendship and adventure

Guiding Mosaic 2010 International Camp brings girls of the world together

Toronto, Ontario – March 24, 2010

Girl Guides of Canada-Guides du Canada (GGC) is proud to announce that 38 girls from across the country have earned the opportunity to join their sisters from around the world at Guiding Mosaic 2010. Guiding Mosaic 2010 is a 10-day international camp being held July 8-17, 2010 at Guelph Lake Conservation Area in Southern Ontario. The 38 “campership” recipients, chosen from over 200 essay contest applicants, receive free registration (a $900 value) to this extraordinary camp celebrating the 100th anniversary of Girl Guides of Canada.

Camp activities are numerous and varied and include rock climbing, ultimate Frisbee, scuba diving, rocket building, canoeing, team sports, and so much more. Guiding Mosaic is open to any girl aged 11-17 and campers do not have to be Guiding Members to participate. Space is still available, however, registration closes March 31, 2010. Visit for more information, a detailed list of events and activities, and to register.

Guiding Mosaic reinforces Girl Guides of Canada’s commitment to providing girls with the opportunities, skills and knowledge they need to become dynamic, effective leaders. From eco-activities, sports, camping and science to fashion design, advocacy and community service projects, Guiding has something for everyone. In their winning essays the girls wrote about the role Guiding plays in their lives and what going to camp means to them.

Katelyn from Edmonton, Alberta, writes: “Guiding has given me opportunities to make a difference in the environment, in my community and globally. I have been part of many service projects, and I know that I can help make the world a better place.”

For sisters Jessica and Amanda, from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, winning the contest means the chance to experience an international camp together and they are looking forward to exploring all that camp has to offer. “I’m really looking forward to trying things I haven’t done before like making my own pajama pants, synchronized swimming, playing beach blanket volleyball, and go-carting,” writes Jessica.

In her winning essay Lauren, a Pathfinder from Mississauga, Ontario, writes: “It is the feeling of sisterhood that is important to me – girls and women coming together from all over the world to explore our differences and celebrate how we are the same. Together we will overcome our fears and cheer each other on to greatness.”

The funding for these camperships is generously provided by several supporters including: Dare Foods Inc., bakers of the famous Girl Guide Cookies; the First 32, the late Col. Karen Ritchie’s classmates at Royal Military College; donations in memory of the late June Gillespie, former Ottawa Area Commissioner and a girl Member and Guider for over 80 years; the Gamma Phi Beta Foundation; and donations provided by Girl Guides of Canada national staff.

About Girl Guides of Canada-Guides du Canada

Since 1910, Girl Guides of Canada-Guides du Canada has been a trailblazing movement advocating for girls and women, while offering them opportunities to discover new interests and develop leadership skills. Throughout its history, Guiding has prepared girls to meet the challenges they face head on. Girls in Guiding today can learn about global and cultural awareness, career exploration, science and technology and the arts. They work on environmental projects and explore important issues such as cyber-bullying, self-esteem and body image, and develop the skills needed to speak out and take action on issues that are important to them. Guiding enables girls to be confident, courageous and resourceful, and to make a difference in the world.

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