Girl Guides celebrated 100 years in Alberta

Alberta Girl Guides celebrated 100 years in the province May 11.

Girl Guides from Eckville

Girl Guides from Eckville

Alberta Girl Guides celebrated 100 years in the province May 11.

About 60 guides from Kuusamo district, which includes Eckville, Sylvan Lake and Bentley, gathered at Eckville Elementary School.

Together, they enjoyed games and activities, and learned about the history of Guiding in Alberta.

“It was a big celebration to celebrate the fact that we’ve had it in Alberta for 100 years,” said Sparks leader Jess Clement.

The event gave Girl Guides from the area a chance to meet and interact with each other, which Clement said made the event even more special.

“We don’t get together very often with all of us together, but we try,” she said. “A lot of them said that it was neat to meet new friends that they don’t get to see every week. We tried to mix the groups up between different ages and different areas.”

Several activities were related to the Girl Guide organization’s 100-year history in Alberta, and allowed girls to learn about Guiding in the past.

Girls had the opportunity to try on and have their photo taken in historic Girl Guide uniforms, and enjoy old games and songs.

“(The activities) were related to trying to make sure that our girls know where Guiding came from and what the different levels of Guiding are,” said Clement.

A number of craft making activities also took place.

For many Guides, Saturday’s event was the last of the year. Activities generally resume after school starts in the fall.

Clement said there is always room for new recruits, and she hopes to see good numbers once again next year.

“In September we’ll have a big registration night again, to try and get girls and adults,” she said. “We’re always welcoming more leaders into it as well.”

More information about joining is available online at www.girlguides.ca.