On Becoming A Girl Member
Q. How can my daughter join Girl Guides?
A. Its easy! Just click Join Now or call 1-800-565-8111 for more information on joining one of 5,500+ Units across Canada.
Q. What are the different levels of Guiding?
A. All girls from 5 – 17 are welcome to join Guiding. The age ranges for each branch are as follows:
- Sparks – 5-6 years
- Brownies – 7-8 years
- Guides – 9-12 years
- Pathfinders – 12-14 years
- Rangers – 15-17 years
Q. What do girls do in Girl Guides?
A. When girls join Guiding, they have the chance to experience dynamic programming and activities that truly reflect the needs and interests of today’s girls. From community and national service projects and international trips to camps and badges such as Streetwise, Eating Local, Fashion and Career Awareness, we offer girls more of what they want.
Q. What kinds of programs are offered at Girl Guides of Canada?
A. Girl Guides of Canada has been at the forefront of offering innovative programming for girls for more than a century.
Our current cutting edge programming includes:
- Girls United Challenge: Giving girls tips and strategies to stand up against bullying, support each other and create a safe and caring environment for their peers.
- Canadian Girls Say…: Enabling girls identify the issues they care about in their communities through photography.
- Girl EmPower Challenge: Offering age-specific activities to help girls learn more about healthy, equal, non-violent relationships.
- Love Yourself Challenge: Building and encouraging healthy self-esteem and positive body image. Girls explore aspects of body image, self-esteem and health and nutrition.
- Girls for Safer Communities: Increasing awareness about safety concerns of girls and women while mobilizing girls to become leaders in their communities.
On Becoming an Adult Member Volunteer
Q. How can I become an Adult Member Volunteer of Girl Guides?
A. Our adult Members play a vital role in our organization and there are myriad ways to help. You can become a Unit Guider, join a council or committee, help out at special events, share your talent or expertise to a Unit meeting – whatever suits your skills and schedule. Visit Interested in Volunteering to learn more.
Q. What kind of a time commitment is involved in being an Adult Member Volunteer?
A. The time commitment depends on you, your schedule and what type of work you would like to do. You’ll have the support of other Guiders and together you can figure out what you would like to do and what time commitment you would like to make. It could be weekly, monthly, special events – whatever works best for you. More than anything else, we want to ensure that your involvement in Guiding will be a fun and rewarding experience.
Q. Do I need to have a daughter in Guiding, or have previous Guiding experience to get involved?
A. Absolutely not – all you need is a passion to make a difference in the lives of girls and young women. Everyone is welcome. We’ll show you the rest.
Q. Are there ways to volunteer other than working directly with the girls?
A. There are many options available to you:
- Become a Unit Guider and work directly with girls
- Participate on a committee or task group
- Become a board member at the national level
- Plan a special event
- Help make Guiding more visible in your community by working with a membership committee
- Organize a cookie drive in your neighbourhood
- Take minutes at a meeting
- Become a council treasurer
- Develop and edit newsletters
- Provide general office support
Other Opportunities Include:
- Using your financial and risk management skills on a committee or task force
- Coordinating volunteer activities or helping to train new volunteers
- Cookie campaigns
- Public relations and communications
Q. What are the benefits to women gained from volunteering with Girl Guides of Canada?
A. Our members tell us that volunteering with Girl Guides of Canada is one of their most personally rewarding experiences. Guiding represents an incredible opportunity to make a difference in the lives of girls and young women. When you volunteer with Girl Guides of Canada you help girls and young women develop the best within themselves and discover how to connect with people in their community and around the world. Girl Guides of Canada offers opportunities for personal growth, leadership and travel. Girl Guides of Canada also provides access to organized training, activity ideas, program resources, pre-planned events, greater community involvement as well as an opportunity to learn how to plan events.
Q. When are Girl Guide Cookies available?
A. Girl Guide Cookies are available twice a year. The chocolatey mint cookies are available every fall (October to December) and the classic chocolate and vanilla sandwich cookies are available every spring (March to June).
Q. When I buy Girl Guide Cookies, where does my money go?
A. Proceeds from the sale of Girl Guide Cookies support Guiding activities in your community and across the country. The money raised through cookie sales:
- Helps Girl Guides of Canada to provide varied and exciting programs and activities
- Allows girls the chance to discover new interests, learn valuable leadership skills and form lasting friendships
- Assists girls and leaders with attending camps and events.
Q. Can I support Girl Guides of Canada with a donation?
A. Your support makes it possible for us to deliver leading edge, effective and relevant programming for girls and women across Canada. Please click here for information on ways of giving.
Q. I have more questions about Guiding – how can I contact Girl Guides of Canada?
A. Please call 1-800-565-8111. It is a free call. We’ve set it up so that you’ll be able to speak to someone in your own community about Guiding.