Pathfinders plan to experience the Yukon this summer
Thursday, May 23, 2013 11:33 am
The 1st Airdrie Pathfinders are busy in the community raising money for their trip to Canada’s north this August.
Ten Pathfinders between the ages of 12 and 14, and three leaders will be travelling to the Yukon from Aug. 14 to 20 to visit the areas around Whitehorse and Dawson City.
“When we take a unit on one of these trips, it’s all about encouraging the girls to see the country and to encourage that interest to see the world,” said Pathfinders leader and parent, Linda Stadnyk, who will be chaperoning the trip.
“It encourages independence because they have to know how to set up their tents and make a fire, and it’s part of the Girl Guide mentoring that we do.”
A decision made solely by the girls, the Pathfinders voted against visiting Ottawa and instead to camp and participate in outdoor activities in the Yukon, like rock climbing and zip lining.
The Pathfinders’ goal is to raise $8,000, about 50 per cent of the travel costs, through fundraising initiatives that each girl and her family has come up with.
“This gives them a greater sense of responsibility,” said Stadnyk, about getting the girls involved in the fundraising process.
“It’s important for the girls to learn about the costs involved in planning a trip like this,” said another parent, Cathy Buchanan.
The sale of Girl Guide cookies will make up 25 per cent of their goal and the remainder is being raised through a bottle drive and an initiative called Flamingo Flocking.
Plastic flamingos were put on the lawns of Airdrie residents’ properties with a letter detailing their upcoming trip and encouraging residents to donate to the Pathfinders. Stadnyk said this was a “less intrusive way” than going door to door to raise money.
The Pathfinders will also be hosting a car wash at East Lake Wash and Convenience on East Lake Boulevard, May 25, as one of their final fundraisers. Stadnyk says the girls plan to meet their $8,000 goal by mid-June.
Having gone through the Girl Guide ranks herself, Buchanan says she is excited for her child, Cheyenne, 14, to go on the trip.
“I’m a big fan of the whole guiding movement because it helps girls to be more confident, and it encourages independence and independent thinking appropriate for their age.”