For Nicole Boyde, being a girl guide has been a big part of her life since she was 5-years old.
From spark, to brownie, to girl guide, Boyde – now a second year pathfinder – is preparing to head to the Guiding Mosaic 2016 Girl Guides National Camp.
The camp will be held in Camp Woods at Sylvan Lake, Alberta from July 9-17 and Boyde is thrilled to be the only pathfinder to be representing her hometown of Fort St. James.
“I’m really excited. I like camping and travelling and I’m really looking forward to meeting new girls from Canada and all over the world,” Boyde said.
Guiding Mosaic 2016 is the 13th girl guides national camp to be held since 1927.
It is designed for about 1,800 Canadian pathfinders, rangers and their guiders.
In addition, the camp will be welcoming over 100 international girls and guides and 350 core crew members.
“A few years ago, I went to a camp and met a girl from Langley who asked if I could join them at the Guiding Mosaic Camp and this is how this opportunity came along,” Boyde said.
“I’m really looking forward to this camp, to meeting new people and trying new things.”
According to Camp Mosaic, this is an opportunity for girls to develop lifelong friendships. Challenges are transformed into opportunities for skills development, personal growth and leadership development.
Boyde, 14, is currently a grade 8 student at Fort St. James Secondary School. She enjoys a wide variety of sports including basketball, volleyball and soccer.
But girl guides seems to be where her true passion lies.
“My mom is a leader now and she was involved in girl guides when she was younger. And my sister is a third year guide,” Boyde said.
“It’s pretty popular here in Fort St. James. I think it’s a great opportunity for girls. You do all kinds of things. We sing a lot and you can learn outdoor survival skills.”
Boyde is currently working towards receiving the Canada Cord which is the highest honour you can receive as a pathfinder in Canada.
It’s an award given based on a pathfinder’s interaction with their community while learning a variety of skills including community service and first aid training.
“After all these years, I really love it. For me, it’s all about the travelling and there are lots of opportunities and trips that I can apply for in the future nationally and internationally.”