Two busloads of around 70 Girl Guides and their leaders from the southeast went to Mosaic Stadium in Regina on Saturday to join the 800 participants at the launch of the Girls First Program.
"Girl Guides of Canada identified that we needed to refresh our program to make it more relevant and more exciting and more enticing to girls in today's world," explained Christa Morhart, Area Commissioner. "And in identifying that, they've come up with a brand new program called the Girls First program that really encourages girls to be everything they want to be."
"It really puts the girls in the driver's seat as to what activities and what events they would like to participate in. There's now an online platform as well."
The new program rolled out this fall and the rally was held to celebrate that new program.
"Saskatchewan was the first province across Canada to have our rally. Most of the other provinces are having rallies next weekend which is the official launch date of September 29th."
During the rally, the girls were able to participate in a number of activities.
"We had an opening and a closing rally. Krystal Coyle who is the National Girl Guide Ambassador, she flew in as well so the girls had an opportunity to meet with her and get one of her personalized crests."
"The girls attended various activity stations which included tattoos, rock painting, they did tie-dye bandanas, a scavenger hunt, there were about 25 different activities they could participate in as well as a photo booth."
The girls also toured around Mosaic Stadium and had the chance to throw footballs on the field.
"Then finalized with a sing-song, so all the girls and women gathered on the field and sang some Girl Guide song which is tradition for us to end any event."
"Despite the rain and the cold, most of the girls had a wonderful time. The rain and the cold, at first some of the girls were a little hesitant but it didn't take them long to realize that it was going to be a wonderful day."
"Our motto is "We are the mighty mighty Girl Guides." And I heard multiple times from girls: "Best day ever!""