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Jan. 18, 2022 | Tuesday
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Letter to the editor: A memorable camp experience for NOTL girl guides
Girl Guides. (Supplied)

Dear editor: 

From Aug. 4 to 10, five Girl Guides from NOTL, Virgil, and St. Davids – Sophie, Hannah, Amara, Brooke and Josie – attended LEAP at Doe Lake Girl Guide Camp in Sprucedale, Ont. 

Along with 1,200 other girls, we canoed, kayaked, swam, participated in rock climbing and high ropes courses, did archery and outdoor sports, hiked, and sang our way through seven wonderful days. 

We learned about STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) and the environment, participated in leadership and service projects, enjoyed arts activities, and explored the communities surrounding Doe Lake on our out-trips. 

We met and became friends with girls and leaders from across Canada and the world, and were inspired by the words of Sarah Wells, a Canadian Olympian (and our keynote speaker). 

We had the opportunity to talk with the adult leaders of Canadian Guiding and share our ideas and vision for the organization and future Girl Guides. 

And most importantly, we had fun! 

On behalf of the 136th Niagara-on-the-Lake LEAP Unit, we would like to thank all of the service organizations, businesses and residents of NOTL that supported our unit’s goal to attend LEAP 2019.  

We are especially thankful for the financial and in-kind support of the NOTL Kinsmen, St. Davids Lions, members of Niagara Lodge No. 2, as well as Phil’s Valu-mart and Niagara Trailers. 

As well, we are thankful for all those who provided support for our cookie sales and fundraisers, and to all of the residents of NOTL who bought cookies or provided donations, both big and small. 

We couldn’t have attended without all of you – thank you so much!


Megan Gilchrist, Guider