We are lucky to live in the middle of our very own outdoor playground.

Getting outside, enjoying nature and challenging ourselves are some of the best parts of the Guiding experience and are central to the Girl Guide philosophy and program.

Guiding is all about a ‘progression of skills’ for both girls and Guiders.  The OAL Program follows the ‘progression of skills’ needed for short outdoor activities, through to residential and tent camping and then on to more challenging adventure camping trips.

This ‘stepping stone’ approach helps both girls and Guiders build and ‘try out’ their new skills all in a safe and supportive learning environment.  As your comfort level in the outdoors grows, so will your girls’.

Register for an event through


April 22, 2023
Cates Park, North Vancouver

Registration will open on February 2, 2023 and close on March 1, 2023
Contact to register – cost is $10/girl. 

This is an opportunity for girls to learn and practice three essential outdoor camping skills:

  1. Shelters: How to erect sturdy tarp shelters (this will include learning the taut line hitch and truckers hitch)
  2. Fires: How to set, light, maintain and extinguish a campfire safely
  3. Outdoor cooking: A chance to try different methods.

Each topic will be covered in three round robin style 55 minute groups. Leaders are strongly recommended to participate with their girls.

There will be two sessions. One in the morning from 8.45 am until noon and the afternoon session from 12.45 pm to 4.00 pm. Leaders and their girls can choose to attend either the morning or afternoon session.






What You Need to Know

Training in Girl Guides is called Training and Enrichment for Adult Members (TEAM). Every Guider should have an opportunity to take training which will enhance their Guiding experience. Lots of training is available on e-learning for those that can’t make it to face-to-face training, but we are lucky in Lions Area to be able to connect with most Guiders through training face to face. We are also very lucky in Lions to have an extremely supportive Area Council that promotes and supports training.

For more about the Training and Enrichment for Adult Members and e-learning, visit Memberzone.

Training and Enrichment Flowchart



Alison Speirs, Area Training Advisor
Alison has been a Trainer for more than 20 years and is presently the Area Training Advisor.  She feels that Guiding has shaped her life in a thousand wonderful ways and has many happy memories of Guiding growing up.  Alison has been a leader in all branch levels, a District Commissioner and is currently a Yellow Safe Guide Assessor.  She invites you to share her passion and enthusiasm for Training!

Val Clark, Deputy Training Advisor and Registrar and e-learning
Valerie has been involved in Girl Guides for as long as she can remember. She’s worked her way through the girl programs and was a Sparks leader for 8 years. She has been with the Training team for the past 12 years, where she teaches Sparks Unit Guider skills, Safe Guide, Residential Camping and more! She looks forward to meeting you at the next Training!

Annalisa Adam
A Brownie, Guide, Pathfinder and Ranger herself, Annalisa has now been a leader for all those branches as well as holding various Council positions – District Commissioner and member of the BC Camping Committee.  Annalisa’s passions for Guiding include camping, travelling (near and far) and sharing new adventures with the girls.  She encourages all leaders to challenge themselves and their units to get out of their comfort zones and try something new.

Katie Caple
Katie loves music in Guiding, camping, walking and hiking, having fun, and basically anything to do with the Arts (not so much crafts). She has been Guiding for 40 years – from Vancouver to Prince George and now the Sunshine Coast. She is currently a member of the Panther Trefoil Guild on the Sunshine Coast, and she loves to do anything with her grandchildren ages 5 to 13 – four boys and last but not least —  a future Spark!

Tracy L. Clark
Tracy has been a Guider in Lions Area for over 30 years, with positions from Unit Guider to District, Division and Area Commissioner – adding to her illustrious Guiding career, Tracy has just completed her term as Provincial Awards Advisor and has agreed to bring her experiences as the new Area Awards Advisor.

She loves Sparks and Brownies and seeing their eyes light up with they accomplish a task or craft, or see something on a hike they did not expect.  She loves to do crafts and show everyone that they are not as scary as they seem, and is passionate about making sure everyone is having FUN!!!!!

Susan Gilmour
Susan is passionate about sharing her experiences with Guide Guiders.  She loves teaching the Horseshoe and encouraging girls and Guiders to accomplish the Lady Baden-Powell Challenge and start towards their Canada Cord. Susan started as a Sparks Leader 14 years ago and has been a leader in Brownies, Guides and Pathfinders. She enjoys the traditions, community service opportunities, and outdoor activities with Guiding.

Tamsin Guppy
Involved in Girl Guides for over 10 years, Tamsin continues to be involved because of her love of the outdoors and her desire to share her enjoyment with others.  Tamsin’s favourite guiding activities are back-country camping, hiking, kayaking, cycling and snowshoeing. Tamsin enjoys helping get groups outside and can come to your unit to help you develop skills for future camps or other outdoor activities.  Look out for Tamsin teaching fire lighting at camp skills day and leading winter camp.

Clare Lakes
Clare is happiest when cooking over a camp fire, sleeping in a tent, hiking in the mountains or digging a shelter in the snow at Winter camp. Clare has enjoyed leading girls through Sparks, Brownies, Guides and Pathfinders. She continues to be involved in Guiding as she shares her experience and love of the outdoors as a Trainer.

Maureen Rennie
Maureen wants more girls to experience outdoor camping and adventurous activities. Serving as a trainer has been a rewarding way to share her experience and perspective and encourage new leaders to take their girls out into nature for fun and challenging experiences with friends. Maureen also loves leading campfire singing and teaching canoeing and kayaking skills.

Lisa Vitols
Recently transferred from West Coast Area to Gibsons on the Sunshine Coast, Lisa is a long-term experienced trainer – another GIRLS FIRST CHAMPION, Lisa specializes in STEM training.

Would you like to become a trainer?  We would love to add you to our team.  For more information, contact us HERE.

Evaluations from Training participants…

…New Guider Training Day was just so much fun! I really was dreading going and wasting a full day but the time flew and I learned so much that will help me this year with my Brownies! Thanks!

I was really shy about attending New Guider Training Day but my District Commissioner picked me up and brought me to the training and it was just great! I met so many new Guiders just like me! A group of us are planning to meet for coffee…I was so impressed with everything…thanks!

My Guiding buddy and I arrived together not expecting anything special…but wow! Someone with balloons met us right in the parking lot…we had no doubt that we were in the right place! Thanks!

The Trainers at Guide Camp Skills Day were just great…so patient and kind! The best part was the look on the girl’s faces when they lit a match for the first time! So much fun…we can hardly wait to go camping and try out our new skills!

Safe Guide wasn’t boring like they told me…every moment was full of good, clear, concise information…thanks to Val…she was awesome! I am actually looking forward to completing my first set of Safe Guide forms for our next camp!

…I cannot fully express how connected I feel to Guiding at the moment…what a weekend! I thought that I had seen and done everything Guiding but this was purely magical…I highly recommend an enrichment retreat/overnight to everyone!

I was totally feeling overwhelmed…but now I feel like this is doable…
I love how the training has given so many great take home ideas to try out immediately…thanks!