ENDERBY B.C. — It’s fair to say we’ve all indulged in a girl guide cookie or two during our lifetime, but what you probably don’t know is where all that cookie money is actually going.
Every three years the guides host a massive camping excursion inviting more than 2,000 girls from 10 to 18-years-old to meet, mingle and learn. This year the Spirit of Adventure Rendezvous (SOAR) is making its Okanagan debut, in the small Okanagan town of Enderby.
Guides from as far away as Japan, New Zealand, Granada and the UK are in attendance along with girls from every province in Canada.
“We see ourselves as a worldwide family really,” says guide leader Lisa Simpson, who travelled with her troop from the UK. “Whenever you are in the world if you find another guiding member you’re always with a friend.”
“It’s really about the friendship, fun and sisterhood,” says Laurie Hooker, one of SOAR’s organizers.
The week long excursion includes tons of outdoor activities, overnight (or longer) wilderness adventures and tons of arts and crafts.
But underneath all that, the girls learn a bigger life lesson.
“I learnt a lot about teamwork,” says Calgary girl guide Mollie Casselton.
The camping trip wraps up on Saturday.