A new girls' outdoor adventure group in Kamloops is taking a modern twist on an old tradition.
The Girl Guides have been in Kamloops for generations, helping youth grow into confident leaders and — most notably for some — peddling delicious cookies.
Now those with a love for all types of outdoor recreation can sign up for the old Girl Guide tenets while indulging their passion.
"It's neat that the Girls Guides are sort of changing to fit the modern girl," said Darlene Clark, a volunteer leader.
Rivers & Peaks Trex is the Mount Paul district Girl Guides' newest unit. Since last year, girls aged 12 to 17 have enrolled in the program that teaches skills on surviving and enjoying the great outdoors.
"In a regular Girl Guide unit, we'd go camping once or twice a year," said Clark. "Outdoor activities take a lot of time and energy and we were hearing the girls say they wanted more."
Last year's activities included whitewater rafting, hiking, geocaching, winter camping and building quinzhees (snow shelters) from Stake Lake to Okanagan Mountain and beyond.
Activities can also include cycling, canoeing, kayaking, fishing and winter sports.
Guiders work with the girls to help come up with an itinerary every year and reach those goals.
The Trex excursions cost more than traditional Girl Guide pursuits so fundraising efforts have already begun.
Watch for Trex members selling cookies door-to-door downtown beginning at 2 p.m. on Saturday.
And a cycling excursion is already set for the seven girls enrolled so far. On Sunday at 10 a.m., the group meets at Parkcrest Elementary school for a bike ride to the Tranquille Farms corn maze.
That's also a good time for registration of new unit members, said Clark.
This is the time of year to sign up for Girl Guide activities.
Trex members can register solely in Trex for $95 for the year or in a Pathfinder or Ranger unit as well for $135.
For more information contact Darlene Clark at email@example.com.