Enrolment is an exciting time, whether you are a Spark, Brownie, Guide, Pathfinder or brand new Guider. Parents beamed pride and encouragement at this ceremony held in the basement of Clearwater Baptist Church on Monday, Nov. 14.
The procedure began with Guides and Pathfinders forming a horseshoe, Brownies walking inside it next, with pink-hatted Sparks in front of them. With all of them wearing scarves of their particular group, it was a most attractive scene. After the colour party marched in the Canadian flag, all in the hall stood at attention for a rousing rendition of “O Canada”.
The actual enrolment started when four potential Sparks came forward to Guiders Judy Shipley and Jean Nelson. After enthusiastically reciting, “I promise to share and be a friend,” right hand raised, the girls received their enrolment pins. A left handshake then welcomed each girl into membership of this international organization.
Three new Brownies came forward after that, concentrating hard to get the words right while saying their two-part promise. And this is how it continued for three Guides, four Pathfinders, and two Guiders.
All of these say a three-part promise, with a salute to match. Other girls and Guiders were then presented with year pins to attach to their uniforms, showing how long each one has been a member of the Girl Guide movement.
Following this, the colour party marched the flag away and the horseshoe was disbanded. Soon, the girls were serving refreshments brought especially for the occasion.
All Clearwater Guiders are thrilled with this “explosion” of numbers, and have a wide variety of events planned for future meetings. What makes all of this possible is the dedication of the volunteer leaders, and the fact that three more adults have stepped forward to help with different age groups is wonderful.
Meeting time is 3:30 each Monday afternoon at the Clearwater Baptist Church and new members are always welcome. For information, contact Judy Shipley, 250-674-2319.