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News Article: Girl Guides group fights to save Owen Sound camp

by on January 3, 2013

Dec 26, 2012
The Toronto Star
Andrew Livingstone, Staff Reporter
Sarah van Trigt, centre, holds a box of Girl Guide cookies that features a picture of her and fellow guider Gillian Tremlett, right, enjoying their experience at Camp Aneesh in Owen Sound. Sarah’s mother Mary Beth, left, are fighting to save the camp.

For six years Mary Beth van Trigt has been teaching Girl Guides to stand up for what they believe in.

In March 2011 a friend showed her a real estate ad: Camp Aneesh, a locally backed centre of activities for Guides in Owen Sound and surrounding counties for nearly four decades, was up for sale.

Instantly she knew what she had to do. It was time to be a good Guider.

“We want to stand up for what is right,” van Trigt said. “We have a bunch of grassroots women who are doing our best to keep Guiding what it’s supposed to be.”

The provincial Girl Guides organization, which took over all the Guides camps in the province in 2007, now wants to sell the rural camp and use the profits to fund other more successful camps in the GTA, among other things.

Van Trigt and other parents and Guide leaders believe Camp Aneesh will make or break guiding in Bruce and Grey counties. They’re fighting to regain control so they can keep it open.

“Without our camp close and affordable . . . we really feel Guiding will die,” said van Trigt, a Guide leader for more than six years.

Guiding is an inclusive movement that doesn’t discriminate over race or religion; therefore, she said, it should also avoid bias against rural Guides.

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