Gearing up for a new year

Girls Guides offers group for a variety of ages

Christy Janes christy.janes@pilotnl.ca
Published on September 1, 2015

The Lewisporte Girl Guides enjoyed a fun trip to St. John’s this summer. Guides and leaders visited several sites around the city — including Signal Hill. Pictured are (front, from left) Guider Susan Fudge, Mia Day, Crystal Ley, Chloe Hillier, Emily Coffin, Jailyn Lynch, Riley Catling, Lacey Brinson, Guider Anita Brinson; (back) Guider Sandra Whiteway, Kim Catling, Makara Day, Sophie Cramm, Ellieana Shea, Samantha Porter, Madison Martin, Bethany Potter, Linda Potter, Kaylee Wells, Emily Mayne and Charity Nippard.

Submitted photo

“Sometimes I think I’m too old for it, but I’d miss it if I leave and the group makes me feel young,” Sandra Whiteway said of the 30 years she has been volunteering with the Girl Guides in Lewisporte.

She was District Commissioner for 11 years.

Whiteway is set to begin her 31st year as a Guide leader and is especially looking forward to having her granddaughter, Mia, in the group this year.

“It’s kind of come full circle. I started volunteering when my girls were involved and now I get to have Mia as a Guide,” she said.

One of the highlights of her time as a Guide leader has been the district conferences that allow her to stay in touch with other leaders.

In place of a Guides summer camp this year the group went on a trip to St. John’s. Whiteway said it’s the first time in many years the group has hit the road and she enjoyed every minute of it.

“I’m so proud of the girls. They were well-behaved and had a lot of fun.”

Whiteway said it was a scheduling conflict that led her to where she is now. The Guide unit her daughters attended met on the same night as their figure skating practice. Back then, she would have to bring the girls home from skating and then have them change into their dresses for Guides.

“The dress code was more rigid back then — you had to wear your dress and that was that. It was always a rush to get the girls from one thing to the other.”

Whiteway, along with two other mothers, had the idea to start a different unit and hold meetings on Tuesday nights so as not to interfere with the skating practice. It went over so well that Guides still meet on Tuesday nights.

Girl Guide groups take part in activities such as nature hikes, cookie sales, Thinking Week, Remembrance Day, Santa Claus parades, recycling, first aid and more.

The Membership Fun Night for new and returning Girl Guides is scheduled for Sept. 15 at the Kinsmen Center in Lewisporte from 6:30–7:30 p.m. There will be games and face-painting and parents can get the information needed to register their daughters for one of the many groups involved with Girl Guides.

“I have met up with some of the girls who were in Guides as little girls and now they are Guide leaders themselves — it’s very special,” Whiteway said of her years as a Guide leader.

Look to the slideshow section of the website for more photo highlights from the Guides trip to St. John's.

christy.janes@pilotnl.ca