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October 15, 2018

Welcome to Gofer Express!!

This is a bi-weekly information update for all adult members in Edmonton who have an email address in iMIS. If you know Guiders who do not have email access, please pass this information along.


SPARKS SPREE - Saturday, November 3rd

Formerly, Camp Academy for Sparks, this all day event will focus on the outdoors and camp life for our youngest branch of girls.  The event will be held at Ross Sheppard High School from 9:30am-3:00pm and the cost will be $10 per girl (includes program activities and custom crest)  Registration deadline is Friday, October 19th.  To register and get more information click here    Space is limited to 150 girls.


MEC CLUB NIGHT: Tuesday, November 13th 5-9pm

Edmonton Area Girl Guides Camping Committee has confirmed November 13th as our organization’s club night.  Members simply check-in with the MEC staff, give their name and say you are with Edmonton Area Girl Guides.  All members will receive a club night card entitling them to a 10% discount on all regular priced merchandise including bikes, skis and boats.  You can visit either location: MEC Downtown (11904 - 104 Avenue or 1624 - 99 Street - South Edmonton Common).  Due to vendor agreements, Blundstone, Birkenstock and Glerups are exempt from the discount as well as products on clearance or products that get a discount from packages.  This is an excellent time to stock up on Christmas gifts for the campers in your life!




How to Navigate the Girls First Platform – October 16 2018

Location: Alberta Guide House Basement

See Edmonton Area website for more information.

Registrations done through the office. Email


Safe Guide – Oct 24, 2018 or Nov 20, 2018

Location: Alberta Guide House Basement

All new Guiders are to do the Safe Guide Training within 6 months of becoming a member.

Registrations done through the office. Email


Trip Financial Training – Oct 18, 2018 7:00-9:00pm

Location: Alberta Guide House Basement

Planning a trip and wondering how to manager the financials?  This is the training for you!  This session will provide you with the tools, knowledge and experience to feel comfortable when completing the financials for your trip.  You will be able to see from start to finish what is required and get tips on how to make it easier.  If you have any questions on trip financials that you are currently working on, feel free to bring them along and we can help you navigate them.  Please note we will be offering a “your financials are due in 30 days, what do you do to prepare?” in the spring.  Registrations done through the office.  Email



Building Ceremonies with BOOM! – Nov 4, 2018 1:30-4:30 pm

Location: Scout/Guide Hall on River Rd 10215 104th Street Fort Saskatchewan

This session answers the questions WHY do we use ceremonies; WHAT do we celebrate; WHEN do we fit them into the program; WHERE do we find economical and effective props; and HOW do we add pop, pizzazz and bring the BOOM!? To register email

$5 a person


Unit Financial Training - November 28, 2018

Location: Alberta Guide House, 3rd floor

This session will fulfill the requirements for financial management enrichment module under TEAM and will cover the proper procedures for handling GGC monies; how to keep proper financial records; the basics of fundraising and trip planning; how to deal with late/missing money and an opportunity for questions and answers.  Please bring your laptop and prior to the evening download
Then, please click on the link above.  Then select Alberta Girl Guides Financial Package – for Single Units, 2018 version and download the Excel Workbook to your laptop.


If you have any questions, email Margaret at  Registrations done through the office. Email


It is a requirement of our camp rental agreement for all groups that at least one person (who will be at the camp) has attended an orientation session within the last 5 years. During the session, participants tour all the sites at the facility and are shown various emergency and maintenance procedures relating to buildings and equipment. Cooks (kitchen staff) are required to have an orientation as well if you are renting either Spruce Wing or Poplar Wing.


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Orientations start at 3PM. Please meet at Hilltop House and dress for the weather. Although there is no charge to attend the orientation you must pre-register via email



Crests are a huge part of Guiding life.  We mark major events and adventures with a crest which is then sewn onto a camp blanket or poncho forever reminding us of the places we’ve been, accomplishments we have achieved, and friendships we created on the way.  The Edmonton Area crest needs a refresh and we are extending the opportunity to all girl members from Sparks to Rangers to submit their ideas for a new crest!.  Click here for the official form and please submit to Hazel by December 1, 2018.  We encourage members to share their design on social media and use the hashtags #newareacrest #ggcyeg.



ART IN WINTER - Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Let’s get artsy!  Rangers and Adult Members, come create your own seasonal cards and tags using watercolor and paper crafting techniques!  Event is being held in the Edmonton Area Guide Office in the basement from 6:30-10:00pm.  Please bring adhesives (white glue, slue sticks, tap, pop ups).  Cost is $15 cash only which will be collected the night of the class.  To register, email





Edmonton Area has been contacted by a Pathfinder leader from Gabriola Island, BC looking for a group who would be interested in meeting up with their travel group.  They will be in Edmonton from late March 25-early March 29th.  If you are interested, please contact their leader, Petra, directly at



We have one position on Area Council to fill.  We are currently looking for a:

  1. International Adviser

Interested? Click on the job title for more information, application available HERE, please submit completed applications to


Edmonton Area Council has a number of committees that provide extra value for districts and our area as a whole.  We are currently looking for new members for the camping, program, membership and PR committees.  These committees meet once a month and then help plan and execute a number of amazing events during the Guiding year.  If you are interested in more information on these committees, please email Kathy House, Deputy Commissioner at



We love getting pictures of Edmonton Area Members in action! Now we’ve made it easier than ever to send us pictures using your Dropbox account. Just send your folder link to, and confirm that all girls have an IR.1 indicating yes and your photos will be included at the Area Dinner slide show, on the Edmonton Area website, or even in Gofer Tales!


Area office hours are 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday to Friday.



There is a secure mailbox located at the back entrance of Alberta Girl Guide House.  You can put your paperwork, etc. in the slot and it will be picked up the next business day. Please ensure your item(s) are in an envelope with Edmonton Area noted on the front (there are no envelopes provided at the mailbox). Also, it takes letter size only; do not attempt to put binders or other large items in - they will not fit!


For your Safe Guide forms or questions –

Hazel – girl registration, adult screenings, iMIS concerns, FR1’s and general inquiries 

Courtney - camp bookings, event and training registrations, booking area resources - 

Area Commissioner (Heather Monahan) –

Edmonton Area Website:


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