Girl Guides from around the world joined their Canadian counterparts earlier this month for the Guiding Mosaic 2010 International Camp.
Over 2,300 girls and women from across Canada and around the world attended this extraordinary camp which was sponsored by Girl Guides of Canada. Participants came from as far away as Australia, Bangladesh, Jamaica, Japan, New Zealand and, of course, the United States.
The 10-day international camp ran from July 8 to 17 at the scenic Guelph Lake Conservation Area in Southern Ontario.
Since those first few brave girls pitched their tents on the banks of the Credit River in 1911, camping has been an integral part of the Guiding experience. Guiding Mosaic 2010 celebrated this tradition with a host of time-honoured camp activities – swimming, canoeing, crafts and campfires. However, this camp added a modern twist with a wide range of adventure, science and cultural activities including songwriting, eco-activities, self defense, African drumming and community service projects.
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. Today’s girls 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.