Girl Guides' principles have stayed the same

Austin M.
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While learning about five countries on World Thinking Day, Moose Jaw Girl Guide units played a "hump race" game from Benin that required balancing a pillow while crawling.

Moose Jaw Girl Guide units spent Sunday learning about the diversity of the Guide community.

“Guiding is all over the world,” said Debbie Zumstein, co-commissioner for the Salton District.

“They’re part of a sisterhood in Guiding. There’s tens-of-thousands of girls in Guiding throughout the world. Wherever they go in the world, they’re going to find somebody’s that in Guiding. So, there’s a connection there for them.”

Each year during World Thinking Day, Girl Guides focus on five different countries. The girls learn about Guiding in those regions within the context of that year’s theme.

This year’s theme was educating boys and girls.

The girls get some exposure to aspects of those cultures through food, crafts, games and songs.

“They’re learning a lot. It’s just neat to be able to connect with others and realize it’s there no matter where you go,” Zumstein said.

On Sunday, the Girl Guides gathered in the basement of St. Joseph’s Church and learned about Armenia, Bangladesh, Grenada, Benin and Egypt.

There were different age groups participating in Thinking Day.

Zumstein said there aren’t enough opportunities to get the different groups together for an event.

Thinking Day was originally created to celebrate the birthdays of scouting founder First Baron Baden-Powell and his wife. It evolved into remembering not only the founder, but those countries that aren’t as well off as Canada.

Desrae Miller, 13, has been a Girl Guide for eight years.

“It’s fun. You get to go on camps, do crafts and earn badges,” Miller said.

She enjoys learning about different countries during World Thinking Day. She said it’s important for younger girls.

Miller was helping fry bananas for some of the girls to try.

The First Company of the Moose Jaw Girl Guides, formed in 1910, was the first in Saskatchewan and possibly the first in Canada.

Mona Jones, 99, was a member of the Girl Guides in 1924. She’s now a member of the Trefoil Guild, a group of about eight women in Moose Jaw who demonstrate that Guiding never really ends.

“All my other friends are all dead, so I have to get some more,” Jones said.

She said the Guides now are better than when she was first involved.

Shirley Stockton is also a member of the Trefoil Guild.

“When I first started, I just found that the principles of Guiding, like helping one another and being inclusive, it was just the way I wanted to live my life. So I’ve never given up on it,” Stockton said.

“The principles are still the same.”

Organizations: First Company

Geographic location: Salton District, Canada, Joseph Armenia Bangladesh Grenada Benin Egypt Saskatchewan Moose Jaw

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