October Guide ON eNews stories

October 8th, 2019

Community Guider update
to all ACLs, ACL Advisers and Community Guiders
We know how important the role of Community Guider is. To recognize this, the position description for Community Guider has been updated to better reflect all of the great work that you do. 

Awesome ACL Information
to all ACLs, ACL Advisers and Community Guider Adviser
News, reminders and tips for ACLs from Cherylyn Sawatzky, Deputy Provincial Commissioner. 

Parents Volunteering at Unit Meetings and Camps
to all adult members
Have you invited parents to assist at upcoming unit meetings or a camp? If so, please have them complete and submit their A.7 Non-Member Volunteer Application Form today! Once their application is received, they will be prompted to complete their Police Record Check (PRC). Our partnership with Sterling BackCheck provides parents with a secure check at a reduced rate, however, if a local police check is being provided, the process could take a few weeks. Safe Guide paperwork is required a minimum of two weeks before your event. To ensure any parents who are participating as Unit Assistants have their PRC on file in time for upcoming events and unit meetings, have them submit their A.7 to member.admin3@guidesontario.org today! 

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! 

Lones program
to all adult members
Can you guess which program in the movement has the longest continuous history apart from the original Guides of 1910? 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. 

A message from Melissa
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 Keri
to all adult members in community 34
The latest news, reminders and tips for Guiding members in community 34.

A message from Brianna
to all adult members in community 24
The latest news, reminders and tips for Guiding members in community 24.

Thinking about World Thinking Day 2020?
to all adult members and Rangers
Take the lead or join a committee and host a World Thinking Day 2020 event in your community. On Saturday, February 22nd, 2020, members across Ontario and Nunavut will come together at Girl Guides of Canada, Ontario Council properties and local venues to play Living Threads and celebrate diversity in the Guiding movement. Positions descriptions to lead or support an event are available and applications are open until Sunday, October 20th. 

Cookie Days in Canada
to all adult members
Cookie Days in Canada is coming up in 10 days. Have you registered?

Reporting missing or damaged cookie boxes
to all adult members
Please report and missing/damaged cookie boxes by November 1st, 2019.

Cookie key dates calendar - what's next?
to all adult members
We are officially in full gear for fall 2019. Here are some upcoming cookie dates to watch out for.

Is your roster up to date?
to all adult members
Here are a few important reminders to help prepare for cookie payment that will be withdrawn on December 2nd, 2019. 

Camp Crest Collection
to all adult members and Rangers
This is your last chance to add the Camp Adelaide crest and Camp Bonita Glen site crests and main crest to your collection. Each will be available for sale until inventory is depleted or November 30, 2019. Order now! 

Waterfront use at GGCON camps
to all adult members
As a result of new regulations governing Ontario Recreational Camps and waterfronts, effective immediately waterfront equipment such as canoes and kayaks are only available for use at GGCOC camp properties for the purpose of an approved event (that is offering this type of activity) or at a provincial camp program such as Spring Canoe Trips at Doe Lake, LEAP or at either Doe Lake or Woolsey summer overnight camps. Units are not able to use the waterfront during a unit weekend rental for swimming or boating at Doe Lake Girl Guide Camp, Camps Woolsey, Adelaide or Bonita Glen. These new regulations are stringent and GGCOC will remain compliant in ensuring the safety of our members if we follow this process. 

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. 

Sisterhood and s'mores at Camp Kawartha Outdoor Experience on November 15-17th
to all Unit Guiders and Community Guiders in communities 13-19, 22-25, 30, 37, 38 and 41
All branches are welcome to a grand gathering at beautiful Camp Kawartha just 30 minutes from Peterborough. Each branch has special programming designed to help complete some of the Into the Outdoors theme area. Trained staff facilitate activities at this accredited camp. Camp Kawartha has straw bale buildings, winterized cabins with bunk beds and a large dining hall and nature centre. Financial assistance is available for eligible girl members. 

Getting there is half the fun! New bus transportation subsidy for Outdoor Experience weekends at 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 on November 8-10th you can apply for bus transportation subsidy of up to $250. Take advantage of heated accommodation and amazing planned programs for all branches. As always, professional staff take care of all the food and programming for you. Outdoor Experience Financial Assistance is available for eligible girl members 

Future Voter Challenge
to all adult members and Rangers
We are so excited to announce the Future Voter Challenge! On October 21, 2019, Canadians will be heading to the polls to vote in the federal election. Elections are a time when people from all over Canada can have a say in what happens in their communities and across the country. All units who complete the challenge are eligible to receive a Future Voter Challenge crest. Girls who complete the challenge will also be working towards badges.

Award season can be every season!
to all ACLs and ACL Advisers
This Fall, let’s recognize more adult members than ever before. Watch your inbox for an email mid-October for more information about how you can recognize the contributions made in your community. 

Do you know a member who has gone above and beyond?
to all adult members and Rangers
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. 

Introducing the Doe Lake 70th Anniversary Memories Book, 2nd Edition
to all adult members and Rangers in communities 4, 5, 8-23, 31, 32, 37, 38 and 41
We would like to announce the publication of Doe Lake Memories Book, 2nd Edition, in celebration of 70 years of Doe Lake. While the original book, covering the first 50 years, is included in its entirety, some updates have been made to phrasing that is now out of date. Some additions have been made to the first 50 years and a new section covering the last two decades has been added. We hope you enjoy the stroll down Doe Lake memory lane! Paid orders for printed, bound copies will be accepted up to November 22nd and will be mailed before the end of November. The electronic copy will be available on an ongoing basis.

October 1st, 2019

A message from Melissa Martin and Lisa Nicholas, Provincial Commissioners
to all adult members and Rangers
Check out the latest message from your Provincial Commissioners, Lisa and Melissa. 

Future Voter Challenge
to all adult members and Rangers
We are so excited to announce the Future Voter Challenge! On October 21, 2019, Canadians will be heading to the polls to vote in the federal election. Elections are a time when people from all over Canada can have a say in what happens in their communities and across the country. All units who complete the challenge are eligible to receive a Future Voter Challenge crest. Girls who complete the challenge will also be working towards badges. 

Thinking about World Thinking Day 2020?
to all adult members and Rangers
Take the lead or join a committee and host a World Thinking Day 2020 event in your community. On Saturday, February 22nd, 2020, members across Ontario and Nunavut will come together at Girl Guides of Canada, Ontario Council properties and local venues to play Living Threads and celebrate diversity in the Guiding movement. Positions descriptions to lead or support an event are available and applications are open until Sunday October 20th.

A message from Fiona Crocker, ACL
to all adult members in community 16
The latest news, reminders and tips for Guiding members in community 16.

Potential Members for your Unit
to all adult members
Do you have an individual currently undergoing the screening process, intending to join your unit? Encourage them to take the necessary steps (booking their interview, completing their Police Record Check and reference invitation) to complete the process! It is important to note that if you require the individual to take part in an upcoming event or unit meeting, they do need to be a fully screened member before they can participate! You can tell that the entire screening process has been completed when they appear on your unit roster. 

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. 

Trainer information is now on your community’s roster
to all adult members and Rangers
iMIS has been updated so that contact information for Trainers is now listed on your community’s roster. This means that if you are looking for someone to facilitate a training at a local level, you’ll know who they are and how to contact them. Please note: each Trainer chooses what types of trainings she is comfortable facilitating. As a result, not every Trainer is able to facilitate every subject. Happy learning! Yours in Guiding, Marcia Powers-Dunlop Provincial Training Adviser training.adviser@guidesontario.org Read more

Cookie selling opportunity at Erin Mills Town Centre
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. 

Surplus is running low - request it now!
to all adult members
Forms and instructions for requesting surplus cookies.

New manufacturing date of cookie cases
to all adult members
We are so excited to announce that determining your cookie no-sell date is about to become a lot easier. This fall campaign, manufacturer dates will be clearly printed on each box and will look like: Manufactured on: 05 JN 2019. Important to Remember – Chocolatey Mint cookies can be sold for eight months past their manufacturer date. Classic Chocolate and Vanilla cookies can be sold for 10 months past their manufacturer date. 

Let the public know where you are selling cookies this fall
to all adult members
Looking for a way to sell more cookies at your planned cookie blitz this spring? Make sure your sale is posted on the National Cookie Finder Map. This map was designed to let the public know where Girl Guide cookies are being sold during the campaigns. Remember, cookies can be promoted online through various channels but not sold. 

Cookie Days in Canada
to all adult members
This year the Cookie Days in Canada weekend is three days long and falls on October 18th, 19th and 20th. If you are looking to participate and qualify for a crest, follow these four easy steps. 

10-year anniversary of Cookie All Stars
to all adult members
For 10 years, Girl Guides of Canada has been running the amazing Cookie All Stars program to support and encourage girls in their cookie sales participation.

Have you seen the new cookie merchandise?
to all adult members
If you haven’t yet had a chance, please check out the Guide Store to view some new Cookie merchandise! 

Display resources update and recall
to all ACL’s, ALC Advisers and Community Guiders
It’s time to locate and return your community’s display resources so we can update the branding.

Into the outdoors the easy way!
to Spark, Brownie and Guide Unit Guiders and Community Guiders in communities 6-23, 37, 38 and 41
Stay inside and play outside during this Outdoor Experience weekend planned just for Sparks, Brownies and Guides at Lake St. George on November 15-17th! Join in the Owl Prowl, enjoy a campfire, play group dynamic games and hunt for treasure. All activities are facilitated by trained professionals, meals are in a dining hall and everyone sleeps in a heated dorm. We even did the Safe Guide forms for the event. Financial assistance available for eligible girl members. Don't delay, register now!

Plan to get outside at Camp Smitty this fall. Join us for an Outdoor Experience weekend for all on November 1st-3rd.
to all Unit Guiders and Community Guiders in communities 24, 25, 27-30 and 40
Each branch will enjoy programming designed just for them accomplishing many parts of the Into the Outdoors program theme. Learn outdoor skills and team building using low ropes challenge courses, games, arts and crafts and more! There will be something for everyone at this camp operated by the Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa. Trained staff will deliver your program and make your meals and you will sleep in quaint, rustic cabins. Enjoy time outside this fall. Financial assistance is available for eligible girl members.

Sisterhood and s'mores at Camp Kawartha Outdoor Experience on November 15-17th
to all Unit Guiders and Community Guiders in communities 13-19, 22-25, 30, 37, 38 and 41
All branches are welcome to a grand gathering at beautiful Camp Kawartha just 30 minutes from Peterborough. Each branch has special programming designed to help complete some of the Into the Outdoors theme area. Trained staff facilitate activities at this accredited camp. Camp Kawartha has straw bale buildings, winterized cabins with bunk beds and a large dining hall and nature centre. Financial assistance is available for eligible girl members.

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? 

Trefoil Guild news
to all Trefoil Guild Members at Province only
A message from Chris Stevenson, Trefoil Guild Adviser.

Announcing an exciting Independent International Trip to Our Cabana
to Pathfinder, Ranger and Trex/Extra Ops Contact Guiders, Unit Guiders and Community Guiders in communities 13-19, 22, 23, 37, 38 and 41
Plans are underway to take a group of Pathfinders and Rangers to Our Cabana in 2020. This will be a multipurpose trip allowing the participants to experience International travel, Mexican culture, a community action activity, an aquatic park and a program session at Our Cabana (one of our Guiding World Centres).

Introducing the Doe Lake 70th Anniversary Memories Book 2nd Edition
to all adult members and Rangers
We would like to announce the publication of Doe Lake Memories Book, 2nd Edition, in celebration of 70 years of Doe Lake. While the original book, covering the first 50 years, is included in its entirety, some updates have been made to phrasing that is now out of date. As well, some additions have been made to the first 50 years and a new section covering the last two decades, 1999 - 2019, has been added. We hope you enjoy the stroll down Doe Lake memory lane! Paid orders for printed, bound copies will be accepted up to November 22nd and will be mailed before the end of November. The electronic copy will be available on an ongoing basis.

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