Girl Guides of Canada–Guides du Canada (GGC) has been impacting the lives of girls and women since 1910. GGC enables girls to be confident, resourceful and courageous, and to make a difference in the world.

We know that girls and their needs are changing, and our goal is to not only meet these needs now but to ensure we are well-positioned to meet these needs in the future. GGC is revitalizing our programming through Girls First, a five-year comprehensive review and revision of our programming and program delivery, to launch in 2018.

What is Girls First?

We asked our members what is most important to them and they expressed the need for programming that is relevant, engaging, fun and flexible in its delivery. Based on this, we launched Girls First at the end of 2013, which will lead to the most significant change in Canadian Guiding history – making GGC more relevant to the needs of our members. The content will reflect feedback from girls, Guiders and parents garnered through surveys and forums, and also reflect extensive research into the cognitive, physical and social factors impacting the lives of Canadian girls.

The desired outcome of our new programming is to allow girls to be actively involved in their own learning experiences and to see the progression of their skills as they advance through the branches – from Sparks right up to Rangers.

Looking Forward

Check out GGC’s monthly update on Girls First:

Looking Forward – October 2016

Previous issues

What Will Girls First Mean to Our Members?

The benefits of Girls First will touch the entire organization and the lives of more than 93,000 members. This means:

  • Girls will not only be on the receiving end of the programming, but will be actively involved in their own learning experiences
  • We will have a foundation for ongoing program evaluation and evolution that is built on the established principles of Guiding
  • Parents will have a clear understanding of the benefits of membership for their daughters

At the conclusion of the five-year planning and implementation Girls First process, GGC will be truly well-positioned to continue living and delivering our Mission.

Girls First will be the first time GGC has produced comprehensive new programming in more than 10 years. We are excited that this also provides the opportunity to develop materials that have a fresh design and a consistent format between the branches. 

Watch the Girls First video to learn more!

Girls First Research

Over the last several years we have gathered input from across Canada that has been instrumental in guiding our progress to date. This included consultations with our membership, parents and other youth-serving organizations, as well as comprehensive research on the factors impacting the lives of Canadian girls.

We completed the following research during 2014-2015:

Click here for an overview and key findings.

Canadian Girls Development

As part of Girls First, our comprehensive review and revision of our program and program delivery, Girl Guides of Canada conducted a comprehensive review of current research on the factors that impact the lives of Canadian girls. This research provides a unique insight into today’s world from a girls’ perspective and will help shape both the content and delivery of our programming moving forward. 

Click here to read more about our findings.