Three Digby girls earn top Guiding award

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Digby Pathfinders Jordan Day, Hannah Charlton and Grace Brinton received their Canada Cord at an award ceremony in Halifax on Saturday, May 31.

Three Digby girls have earned the Canada Cord, the highest award in the Pathfinder branch of Guiding.

Pathfinders are 12 to 14 years old.

Jordan Day, Hannah Charlton and Grace Brinton received their Canada Cords at an award ceremony in Halifax on Saturday, May 31.

Digby leader Heather Charlton says the Pathfinder program provides opportunities for decision-making within a supportive group – this helps girls become proficient at "finding the way".

“I’m very proud of these girls for persevering and sticking with it,” said Charlton. “It does take some time and some effort, and as the girls get older, they take on other interests and get busy, but these girls stuck with it and had a lot of fun too.”

The Canada Cord can take three years to earn—the girls have to collect 20 badges (requiring about four activities each), complete a leadership project, earn the Community Service Award with at least 15 hours of community service, participate in bridging activities linking to the older and younger Guiding groups, complete first aid training and earn the Citizenship certificate.

The award also qualifies the girls for a Grade 10 high school credit.

The Girl Guides Canada website says the Pathfinder program allows girls to take the lead and become active in the causes they believe in.

“In Pathfinders, girls will start to develop their independence while also learning the value of teamwork. Girls have the chance to organize their own events and outings and are encouraged to explore new interests in diverse areas such as photography and web design, fashion and interior design, engineering, community safety, technology and more.”

The Digby Girl Guides met once a week and have about 60 girls in Sparks, Guides and Pathfinders.

Next year they will also have Rangers.

For more information check out http://www.girlguides.ca

jriley@digbycourier.ca

Organizations: Canada Cords, Community Service

Geographic location: Halifax, Canada, Sparks

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