Clearwater Girl Guides learn camp skills

Clearwater Girl Guides Pathfinders Caitlyn Masse and Cadence Cisna lead Audrey Ayers, Airadessa Aviugana and Reese Poisson in an exercise tracking animal prints. Arrows made of sticks gave the direction of the animal, while a laminated sheet gave the type of animal on one side and a picture of the tracks on the other. As the girls made their way around the trails, they picked up clues to answer a question. (Stephanie Hagenaars/Clearwater Times)Clearwater Girl Guides Pathfinders Caitlyn Masse and Cadence Cisna lead Audrey Ayers, Airadessa Aviugana and Reese Poisson in an exercise tracking animal prints. Arrows made of sticks gave the direction of the animal, while a laminated sheet gave the type of animal on one side and a picture of the tracks on the other. As the girls made their way around the trails, they picked up clues to answer a question. (Stephanie Hagenaars/Clearwater Times)
Clearwater Girl Guides leader Michelle Masse helps Reese Poisson learn to light a match and candle. The exercise was to learn about fire safety and how to properly start and take care of a fire. (Stephanie Hagenaars/Clearwater Times)Clearwater Girl Guides leader Michelle Masse helps Reese Poisson learn to light a match and candle. The exercise was to learn about fire safety and how to properly start and take care of a fire. (Stephanie Hagenaars/Clearwater Times)
After seeing how to pitch a tent, the Clearwater Girl Guides members had to recreate it. (Submitted photo)After seeing how to pitch a tent, the Clearwater Girl Guides members had to recreate it. (Submitted photo)
Olivia Bonnamour shows off her edible campfire. The girls were shown how to properly build a fire with various snack and goodies. (Submitted photo)Olivia Bonnamour shows off her edible campfire. The girls were shown how to properly build a fire with various snack and goodies. (Submitted photo)
The Clearwater Girl Guides group poses in front of their completed tent. The girls first learned how to pitch a tent and then they had to put their newly-learned skills to action. The activity was part of a camp skills day at the Upper Clearwater Hall on Saturday. From l-r: ??, Bree Bonnamour, ??, Atiya Aviugana, Audrey Ayers, Allison Masse, Olivia Bonnamour, Rozlyn Masse, Caitlyn Masse, Reese Poisson and Taya White. (Submitted photo)The Clearwater Girl Guides group poses in front of their completed tent. The girls first learned how to pitch a tent and then they had to put their newly-learned skills to action. The activity was part of a camp skills day at the Upper Clearwater Hall on Saturday. From l-r: ??, Bree Bonnamour, ??, Atiya Aviugana, Audrey Ayers, Allison Masse, Olivia Bonnamour, Rozlyn Masse, Caitlyn Masse, Reese Poisson and Taya White. (Submitted photo)
Spark Atiya Aviugana is all smiles after she successfully lit a match and candle during a Girl Guides camp skills day Saturday afternoon at the Upper Clearwater Hall. After successfully lighting their candles, the girls had a treat and roasted mini marshmallows. See story page 7. (Stephanie Hagenaars/Clearwater Times)Spark Atiya Aviugana is all smiles after she successfully lit a match and candle during a Girl Guides camp skills day Saturday afternoon at the Upper Clearwater Hall. After successfully lighting their candles, the girls had a treat and roasted mini marshmallows. See story page 7. (Stephanie Hagenaars/Clearwater Times)

The Clearwater Girl Guides were busy learning how to camp Saturday during a camp skills day at the Upper Clearwater Hall.

Guiders Michelle Masse and Cassie Sills led the group through a number of different projects, teaching the girls about fire safety and how to build a campfire, pitching a tent, tracking animals, teamwork and leadership.

A group favourite quickly became the fire-starting exercise. Each member was given a pie plate, candle, box of matches and water. Pathfinder Caitlyn Masse taught the girls about fire safety while outdoors and explained the steps of the exercise: The girls were to light a match, light their candle and protect their flame from going out.

Many of the girls were worried and unsure of how to light their matches, but once they figured it out, they were all smiles and excitement. One by one, the girls had successfully lit their candles and as a reward, were roasting mini marshmallows.

The later used teamwork to pitch a tent and learned how to build campfires by using tasty props, such as marshmallows, pretzels and gummies.

The camp skills day helps the girls get ready for their end-of-year camping trips, one of which will be at the Thompson Rivers University research facility in Wells Gray Provincial Park in June. Over the summer, some of the Clearwater group will be joining other Girl Guides from all over the region for summer camp on Adams Lake.

There are currently 13 girls part of the Clearwater Girl Guides program, but there is space for many more.

Registration for the 2022-23 season opens on July 1 online at register.girlguides.ca. The cost is $125 but low-income families can apply for a subsidy, which can take care of some or all of the fee, and is completely confidential. Masse said it’s best for families to register early as it gives the Guiders more time to plan activities, events and exercises.

Those seeking more information can reach out to caribooyellowheaddc@gmail.com.



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