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by on May 2, 2010

Published Apr. 21, 2010 Bayfield Breeze

Melody Falconer-Pounder


You can plan your day but often your day has other plans. Such was the case for me last Thursday, Apr. 15. It was a date on the calendar I wasn’t particularly looking forward to, the day the camp consultant hired by Girl Guides of Ontario was coming to tour our local Camp Klahanie in preparation for its disposition and sale.

In the time the closing was announced (Nov. 23, 2009) and Apr. 15, I have struggled with the fact that Ontario Council had deemed our camp no longer sustainable and that despite our letters and telephone calls of concern they remained resolved to close it. Well, Apr. 15 really didn’t change their resolve but it reaffirmed mine.

We teach our girls in Guiding to stand up for what they believe in so as one of their Guiders I am determined to set a good example – to do my best and be true to myself.

On Apr. 15, concerned citizens, past and current Guiders, girls in full uniform, parents, representatives from both the Municipality of Central Huron and the John Hindmarsh Environmental Trust came out to support Camp Klahanie. We shared our commitment to a little six acre property that was born out of a desire to provide a place for women and girls to develop skills, self-esteem and a love for nature nearly four decades ago.

I was interviewed by local radio stations, television and newspapers – I told their story – our story – our community listened and many our now resolved to help us in our plight. And for that reason I will continue to take action for a better world and respect the Guiding Law even when the organization I believe so strongly in gets it wrong.  – Melody

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