Last month the Girls First team headed to la belle province to learn about the Quebec Council's amazing approach to Girl-driven programming – and update them on the latest from Girls First.
We started in Montreal, meeting with GGC staff who filled us in on all the good news stories coming from across the province. During the afternoon, we were lucky enough to meet with members of the Quebec Council. What was scheduled as an hour-long meeting grew to almost three hours of rich conversation and dialogue about the roll out, quality and accessibility of Girls First. We received fantastic suggestions, specifically on the Quebec context and how best to support Girls and Guiders throughout the growing region.
The feedback we received was very positive – overall the members and staff let us know how happy and encouraged they are with the program direction and the updates so far. They were also looking forward to hearing the perspective of the Guiders and Girls we were set to meet at the "Fall Fun Day" Camp .
The next day the Girls First team headed to Morin Heights to participate in this energizing camp. It was a day filled with exploration, discovery and problem-solving. Older Girls supported and mentored the younger ones – even making them lunch on buddy burners and over the campfire! Guiders walked hand-in-hand with Girls, singing camp songs and encouraging the Girl explorers as they accomplished the goals they had set for themselves. It was a fun, fast and energy-filled day!
The Girls First team had set up a station, so we were able to speak with Sparks right up to Rangers and Guiders about the program change. They played with the Girls First web platform, and learned about the program requirements and content. Their excitement about what lies ahead was contagious, leaving us super excited as well. Of course, it's always best to hear it in their own words, so have a listen to what our members had to say.