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Girls First is GGC's new program. It will be launched and accessible to the entire field for the 2018/2019 Guiding year.

Girls First will be:

  • Girl-driven –  we're putting girls' interests front and centre and inviting every girl to be actively involved in her Guiding experience
  • Supportive – we're ready to support Guiders with the resources they need to be effective facilitators as they help girls navigate their Guiding experience
  • Flexible and responsive – we're making sure Guiding remains relevant and ready to respond to Girls' changing needs and interests

Getting Excited for the New Program –Program Resources Coming Soon!


Photo: Brittany Gawley

“Our girls are changing every year, let’s be this change.” This was a reflection from one of the 230 Girls First Champions at our recent Girls First conferences. This amazing group of women are now ready and geared up with the information and resources to be ambassadors for GGC’s new girl-driven program and introduce the new program and digital platform to Guiders. Girls First Champions will be available throughout the 2018-19 Guiding Year to support Guiders and help ensure a smooth transition.

Girls First Champions are here for you!

Girls First Champions will focus on being peer supports for Guiders through a variety of ways: 

  • Running workshops at provincially-organized events
  • Hosting grassroots sessions at local cafés or common areas in your community
  • Offering conference calls or having 1:1 chats to work through questions

Your Provincial Council will provide more details on how to connect with a Champion in your community so stay tuned into your provincial newsletters and emails. Most sessions will begin with the new program launch (by September 2018) but Champions are available now to start answering your questions.

Click here to view the first 3 program area badge sets!

Upcoming Girls First information roll-out

Coming in June

  • Program Guidelines - program model, structure and guidelines
  • Program equivalency resource

Looking for more?

  • Need to find an answer quickly? Check out our FAQ tab.
  • Have a question or comment? Email us at girlsfirst@girlguides.ca
  • Wondering about when to transition to the new program? It’s totally flexible and up to your unit to decide what works for you.  Check out all the options for making the transition. 


Details about the new program guidelines and program equivalencies.

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Season by Season

Fall 2017

  • Visits to every region to consult with Girls, Guiders and senior volunteers
  • Recruiting test units as well as Girls First Champions to help support Guider education and delivery
  • Refining our program requirements and building content with the help of units across the country

Winter 2018

  • Deep into technology development to build a web platform that works for all
  • Hundreds of test units pressure testing program model, technology, content and other items
  • Preparing Guider education support materials

Spring 2018

  • Executing on Guider education and delivery both in person and online
  • Technology testing in the field with a large variety of users
  • Finalizing and delivering transition plan for Guiders on items such as equivalencies
  • Trainers provided with program information to support TEAM and adult enrichment trainings

Summer 2018

  • Finalizing technology and testing
  • Preparing and launching necessary Guider education resources (in-person and online)
  • Launching technology, training and program content to Guiders and Girls for September 2018!

Share your favourites!

The Girls First team is hard at work developing fresh program content for all branches, and we want to know – what's your favourite activity? Is there something your unit has done that you think other units would love too? It can be anything – a game, a project, an experiment or a craft. It can be an indoor activity, an outdoor activity, or a camping activity. And it can be on any topic!

Submit your favourite activities here and we'll add them to the growing list of creative content that is shaping the new program.

Questions about Girls First?

FAQs

Contact us at girlsfirst@girlguides.ca

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