Girls Develop Lasting Friendships and Skills by Registering for Girl Guides of Canada

Last week, my daughter wanted to have a fire. We often have fires in the yard, roast marshmallows and hot dogs while enjoying some family time. She and I headed out back to collect twigs and get the fire started. I showed her how to stack up the wood and we talked about making fire starters for the summer. Fire starters are made from drier lint and wax in a cardboard egg carton and they allow for quick starts when the wind or dampness make having a fire tricky. My daughter who is eight was fascinated that I could start a fire and knew how to make fire starters. When she asked where I learned this, I told her, Girl Guides.

As a young girl, I was in Brownies and Girl Guides for many years. We would meet once a week and learn different skills and enjoy crafts while being around other girls who became great friends. My aunt was a leader as were her two daughters and she would take me out to buy her supplies. It was a special time in my life and I will always remember the good times I had with Girl Guides of Canada.

As a young Guide, I learned skills to become a leader, survive outdoors, camp and recognize birds and other animals. We participated in cookie sales and enjoyed many fun events and ceremonies. For more than 100 years, Girl Guides of Canada-Guides du Canada has been the leading organization dedicated solely to girls, offering fun and relevant programming to more than 7 million girls across Canada. Guiding is a place where girls and young women can challenge themselves, put their ideas into action, take part in an amazing range of activities and gain the skills to confidently navigate their world.

When I became a mom, I could not wait to get my girls involved in Guiding. My oldest daughter was in Sparks, Brownies and Girl Guides, I even helped her unit leaders by volunteering where needed. Guiding has changed a bit over the years, but their goals and values are the same. We are currently discussing our youngest joining as she has been expressing interest.

With the world being the way it is now, girls need Guides now more than ever. Positive role models and encouragement from their peers is what builds the foundation to a strong confident young woman. Girl Guides offer a safe, supportive all-female environment that welcomes every girl and supports girls in building skills and character.

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, community service projects, mental health and personal growth, global and media awareness and so much more through enriching experiences that will stay with them for a lifetime. Girls can join Girl Guides as young as 5 years old.

Register your daughter today for the Fall

Girls join Girl Guides as girl members and attend the weekly extra-curricular program with girls their own age. The Guiding program is aligned with the school year, with units starting up every September and winding down in late spring. Girls participate in weekly activities with their units that deliver the key features listed above and are based on a well-researched, flexible curriculum that allows girls to participate in leading their own programming, at age-appropriate levels. Visit to find a unit near you and register today.

If you do not have a branch near you, consider signing up and becoming a leader. You can find more information about how you can volunteer at

Help your daughter develop the skills so many young kids are no longer learning for many reasons. Register her now and see how great Guiding can be!


Disclosure- This post has been brought to you by Girl Guides of Canada, Ontario Council, all opinions are my own.


  1. I was in Brownies and Girl Guides and so was my daughter. It was such a great experience and years later, I still keep in touch with some of he friends I made.

  2. I was in something similar growing up and I loved it. I am actually going to look into this for my daughter.

  3. My oldest daughter was in Girl Guides and Brownies and Sparks for a short time too. Such a great organization. I was actually all of that too. I did quite a few years of Girl Guides actually in Guelph. I have positive memories of that experience.

  4. I love how Girl Guides gives girls a tribe they can belong to and learn life skills. I was in a similar program growing up that boys and girls were in, it was such a small town we didn’t have a guides program, but I really enjoyed myself and learning new things.

  5. I was a girl guide and really hope my daughter will be one too! I’ll have to look into downtown Toronto options – thanks for the reminder!

  6. I was a Brownie too, and my oldest is just the right age to sign up! I’m looking right now to see which troops we have in our area.

  7. TColeman says

    This looks like the perfect way to make lasting friendships. Working together like this will form bonds that can not be broken.

  8. kellyhutchinson37920 says

    My daughter was in the Girls Scouts. This is the US equivalent of the Girl Guides. She learned so many useful skills.

  9. I was in Brownies for a few years as a little girl. I have fond memories of spending time outside in nature and learning new skills.

  10. Claudia Krusch says

    Girl Guides of Canada sounds like a fantastic organization. I would love my Daughter to take part.

  11. What a great experience! I love getting the kids outdoors and learning more about nature. I’m sure my daughter would love it.

  12. Sounds like a wonderful program. Do they have this in the US?

  13. Looks like a great activity for girls. Wish my girls were still younger.

  14. I was in girl scouts in the US as child and I believe that it is a tremendous program. You connect with nature, learn life skills of all kinds and gain a lot of confidence. ..and yes, make great friends.

  15. I was a Brownie and then later a Girl Scout. It was a great program and I remember how much I enjoyed the troop activities.

  16. What a cool program, I never got to join in things like this as a kid. This sounds like a great program for girls!

  17. Wow this organization sounds wonderful! It sounds similar to the girls scouts!

  18. Elizabeth Matthiesen says

    I myself was never in the Girl Guides but I do know that those who were had a lot of fun and learnt a lot too. I think it’s a great organisation for a girl to join. One of my granddaughters is in the Brownies. 🙂

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