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Jean de Baie Girl Guide Hut on selling block


When I look back upon my childhood days and reflect upon some of the moments that have stuck with me, and helped to define what is important to me today, I often recall the time I spent in Girl Guides.

Editor;
I've been a lot of things in my day. Some that I am proud of; some that I am not.
When I look back upon my childhood days and reflect upon some of the moments that have stuck with me, and helped to define what is important to me today, I often recall the time I spent in Girl Guides.
I was a Girl Guide for three years and a Pathfinder for two. During my time in the program, I earned many badges and I received 'The All Around Cord' which, at the time, was the highest award that could be earned in Girl Guides.
This blue and white cord still sits in my home along with my badge sash and numerous pictures some 25 years later.
In fact, it was just the other day I took it out to share with my daughter. She just finished the Sparks program and moved on to Brownies for the 2008/09 year.
I guess I always hoped the day would come when I could share the Guiding experience with my daughter, and it gives me great joy to have her involved in the program.
I, too, am involved in Guiding as an adult. I am currently spending my second year as a Guider with the 1st Marystown Sparks Unit. Ultimately, it is my own involvement that has led to my writing this letter.
Recently, while attending a district meeting there was a committee struck. This committee was put in place to oversee the sale of the Girl Guide Hut in Jean de Baie.
I volunteered to sit on this committee, but I have to say my heart is not with it. I have very fond memories of the many times I camped at the hut and I guess I took for granted it would always be there.
That some day I would be bringing my daughter there for camp, just as my mother had done with me. It gives me great pain to learn of its state of disrepair and lack of funding to do anything about it.
It seems to me the interest level in Guiding on the Peninsula has dwindled over the years. I'm sure there are many reasons for this.
It's a different world now than it was 25 years ago. I didn't have a Gameboy or a cell phone. I didn't go to ballet or music lessons.
Though there is a lot of competition for time these days, I can assure you the Guiding program is as relevant to young girls now as ever it was. Perhaps even more so.
There has not been a time in history when girls have been under more pressure. Girls are expected to be feminine yet succeed in a 'man's' world.
Girls are growing up in a world where they are told they can have a successful career, but are still pressured into the traditional roles of wife and mother. Girls are bombarded with messages about how they should act and look and I have to say those messages are a little worrisome.
My studies in Sociology and Women's Studies allow me to see the potential a group like Girl Guides has for young girls. Girl Guides, unlike many of its competitor programs, can help girls prepare for their futures by giving them the tools they need to succeed!
Through Guiding, girls can learn to have confidence in themselves, to voice their opinions and to be part of a group where friendship and fun are integral parts of every meeting.
I call upon the community to do something for the women of tomorrow today!
Let's not lose this valuable resource. Together we can save the Girl Guide Hut and make a difference in the lives of the girls on the Burin Peninsula.
Lisa MacLeod, Guider
1st Marystown Sparks

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