Every girl deserves a chance at greatness, and Girl Guides of Canada – Guides du Canada (GGC) has been helping them reach it since 1910. Through an endless variety of fun-filled activities, this trailblazing organization provides girls with opportunities to develop valuable life skills, become self-reliant, build friendships, and develop a sense of well-being and self-worth.
This July, as country-wide GGC members celebrate 100 years of camping, crafting and friendship, Canada Post will honour this girl-empowering movement with a stamp.
The Guiding movement began in 1909, at a Scouting rally at Crystal Palace in London, England, when a parade of girls convinced Boy Scouts founder Lord Robert Baden-Powell to design a program for them. Impressed with their enthusiasm, Baden-Powell asked his sister, Agnes, to spearhead a girls’ organization called the Girl Guides. The movement spread quickly, promoted internationally by Agnes and, later, by Baden-Powell’s wife, Olave (Lady Baden-Powell).
Guiding reached Canada in 1910, when the first troupe was formed in St. Catharines, Ontario. Within two years, there were troupes in every province and the Canadian Girl Guides Association (CGGA) was formed. In 1917, an Act of Parliament was passed approving the CGGA’s constitution. In 1961, the organization’s name was officially changed to Girl Guides of Canada – Guides du Canada.
Title: Girl Guides of Canada 1910–2010
Date of Issue: 8 July 2010
Denominations: PERMANENT™ domestic rate
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