November 21, 2007

About this blog

What's this blog about?

This blog is all about the vast and wonderfully interesting world of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts. My own firsthand experience with Guiding took place between the ages of 12 and 15. During that time I lived in British Columbia, Canada and was a Pathfinder and a Juniour Leader/Brownie Helper of my little sister's Brownie troupe. Though I may not have always realized it back then, the time that I spent in Guiding was amongst some of the happiest and most fulfilling of my youth. I learned a tremendous amount of skills and genuinely enjoyed the caring, inspirational feeling that I always got when I arrived at a weekly meeting. During my time in Guiding I attended numerous camps in British Columbia, including SOAR 1998, which took place in idyllically pretty Sooke, on Vancouver Island. I completed my three years of Pathfinders by achieving the Canada Cord.

Though I have not been enrolled in Guiding since my teens, I've never lost interest in, or felt as though, in some way, I wasn't still a part of the Canadian Girl Guides. It's been said before, “Once a Guide, aways a Guide”, and my heart truly echoes that sentiment, for Guiding has been with me in one way or another (from knowing how to tie a clove hitch to first aid training) everywhere I've gone.

My life has been chaotic, busy and sometimes too strange to believe, but I like to think that (fingers crossed) in the coming year (or so), I'll be settled enough to enroll again. This time as either a Link or a Leader. In the meantime though (and certainly once I've joined up again!), I wanted to start this blog as a way of gathering information pertaining to Guiding, both here in Canada and internationally.

What topics will be/are covered here?

If it pertains to Girl Guiding and/or Scouting, there's no topic which is beyond possible mention. I know that like myself, a lot of you out there love to collect and trade patches, crests, badges, pins and other insignia and memorabilia relating to Guiding, and so some of the focus of this blog will be towards the subject of collecting and trading. In addition, there will be links, articles (blog entries) and other information pertaining to Guiding (Canadian, US, and international) as well – from WAGGGS to World Thinking Day, Our Cababa to the history of Guiding. (If there's something in particular that you'd like to see covered, please email me your thoughts and suggestions.)

Guiding is all about bringing girls and women from around the world together, it's about learning new things and having fun, these are spirits which I hope this blog will share in, too.


  1. Hi Jessica, I have a blog about being a Brownie Guider in the UK, I will be adding your blog to my blogroll so I can see what you are up to, and would love if you would add mine to yours.


  2. Hi Jen,

    WOW!!! I'm so amazed - and happy - that someone found this site already, :)

    I would love to add your link Jen, please let me know what your url is and I will add to the link page that I'm in the process of creating (it'll be a frequently updated page).

    Thanks for finding this blog and for your comment, I hope to hear from you again.

    All the best,


    Here you go!

    Good luck with it all


  4. Hi Jen,

    Thanks so much, I am constructing a number of "pages" right now (being a blog, they're technically posts, but I'll be linking to them in the sidebar so that they are like static pages), one of which is a page of homepages of people involved in Guiding. Your lovely blog will be on there and I'll drop you a line when the page is up :)

    Thanks again Jen, I'm so glad that you found this blog so quickly. Fingers cross that other people will to.