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’.

Training 2019-2020 – Lions Area Training Calendar

To register, fill in the appropriate registration form for your event.  Note on YOUR calendar the training(s) that you have signed up for (date, time, location).  You will be sent a reminder in advance for each training date with details.



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



We make several important connections to Guiding:

UNIT GUIDERS: Besides connecting through Trainings that we offer, we also offer ‘Roving Camp Training’ and would love to try to visit 20% of Lions Areas this year

DISTRICTS: We have a goal to try to visit every District this year and take some fun training snippets to meet and greet the Guiders and make a connection with Training.

AREA TRAINERS: We meet 3 times a year to team build, learn, share, network and come up with some great ideas that help promote training.  Many Trainers are only connected to Guiding through the Training team so this is super important!

AREA COUNCIL: We attend monthly meetings, gather input from District Commissioners, provide Safe Guide snippets, etc.

INTER-AREA: We would like to expand our reach this year. Tetrahedron District invites Guiders from Pacific Shores Area (Powell River is just a short ferry away) to participate in our network of training opportunities.


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!!!!!

Mary Gates
Mary is a 3+ decade Guiding Member enjoying the jolly game played mainly in the out-of-doors. Training is an opportunity to actively foster the sisterhood of Guiding.  International travel and providing leadership in the special big camps with Sparks through Rangers are special events.  Being part of a training team that is able to foster the same long-term connections for today’s Guiders remains one of her goals.

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.

Shannon Matchett
A glider instructor, Shannon is all about teaching and learning.  A recent move to Vancouver Island doesn’t stop this Guide leader from offering her experiences as a Lions Area trainer .

Jennifer Patterson
A GIRLS FIRST CHAMPION, Jennifer is a fun enthusiast and has a passion for fabric, quilting and all things ‘crafty’.  Having received many training opportunities over the past 14 years in her roles of Guider and District Commissioner with Coast Mountain District, she looks forward to sharing her Guiding experiences – songs, games, crafts, program ideas, camp planning and how to make your time with the girls fun and meaningful.

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.

Shelagh Weightman
A new Trainer candidate from Coast Mountain District, Shelagh is an outdoorsy Guider- loving this continent as much as the many she has travelled to.

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!