Orcas, Totems and Grizzlies

Orcas, Totems and Grizzlies

NORTH VANCOUVER

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Orcas, Totems and Grizzlies

When is the trip?

August 5 – August 15, 2015
Please note these dates are subject to change.

Who can participate?

  • Eight girls aged 15-18 as of August 31, 2015 and still registered as a youth member
  • Two Guiders

In order to qualify, participants must be active members of Girl Guides of Canada (GGC) and physically fit.

What will you experience?

This natural history voyage explores the protected waters of North Vancouver Island. Here you will travel with Bluewater Adventures and watch orca and humpback whales from your chartered vessel, the Island Odyssey, in addition to watching grizzly bears walk along the shoreline, while sea otters play in the water and bald eagles fly overhead. You will learn about the behaviour of these fascinating creatures, listen to whale calls from the vessel’s underwater microphone, and anchor in a new area each night. During calm breezy evenings, the Island Odyssey will raise its sails and float through the waters of the Johnstone Strait and the Queen Charlotte Strait. You will stop to visit the Kwakwaka’wakw community of Albert Bay, and then continue travelling deep into coast mountains while on board the vessel. You may also have the opportunity to explore an abandoned village with fallen totem poles, and rich Canadian heritage.

One day before and after the program will be spent participating in a pre-departure and debriefing session, an essential part of the travel program.

Note that Guiders will be working with a facilitator from Bluewater Adventures.

What is the cost?

For girl members
The total value of this program is approximately $5,800 per person. As a member you will receive a financial subsidy of $2,900 from GGC. This includes:

  • Domestic airfare and taxes
  • Medical/travel insurance
  • Program and registration fees for Bluewater Adventures
  • Accommodation in Vancouver before and after the program

If a girl needs to cancel for any reason other than illness or a family emergency, she will be responsible for covering any fees/charges incurred by GGC.

Girls will be responsible for the remaining $2,900 cost of the trip.

Additional personal costs girl members are responsible for:

  • Cost of your meals en route and in Vancouver before and after the trip
  • Travel to and from your local airport
  • Personal spending money and souvenirs
  • Kit list requirements
  • Passport fees

If you need additional financial support, please check with your Provincial International Adviser to see if your Provincial Council may be able to assist you with this trip. Girl members may fundraise part of their trip cost by following the fundraising policy and procedures (Governance Policy 01-19-01). Girls will be required to pay minimum 10% of trip cost according to National policy.

For Guiders

The total value of this program is approximately $5,800 per person. As a member of GGC, Guiders will receive funding through the Jean Youngson Memorial Bequest to the Canadian World Friendship Fund (CWFF) for the following costs:

  • Domestic and international travel and transportation costs
  • Registration/event fees
  • Cost of accommodation
  • Medical/travel insurance

Additional personal costs adult members are responsible for:

  • Cost of your meals en route and in Vancouver before and after the trip
  • Travel to and from your local airport
  • Personal spending money and souvenirs
  • Kit list requirements
  • Passport fees
  • First aid kit
  • Incidentals that occur over and above the actual trip costs, such as telephone calls and/or long distance cell phone plans, Wi-Fi internet, etc.

Note for all participants

  1. Both girl and adult participants may be required to have uniform pieces that they do not own and it will be necessary to borrow or purchase these items.
  2. If participation is cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances, GGC will not accept responsibility for expenses incurred in preparation for this event.
  3. Participation in this event by Canadian representatives is dependent on acceptable health and safety conditions in the country at the time of the event.

How do I apply?

Please fully complete all of the forms listed below. Application forms are available at:

Trip specific question for Section H (BOTH GIRLS AND GUIDERS):

The website of the tour company, Bluewater Adventures, lists four trip highlights. Which one attracts you the most and why?

For girl members

STG. 1R Trip Application form Girl Member (including response to question posed above in Part H of application)

STG. 2 Reference Form Girl Member

To assist in your application, please refer to the following resources:

  • Application Instructions – Girl Members
  • General Qualification Guidelines for Nationally-Sponsored Events: Girl Members

For Guiders

Your iMIS Profile to be attached with the application set

STA.1R Trip Application Form Guider (including response to question posed above in Part H of application)

STA.2Reference Form Guider

To assist in your application, please refer to the following resources:

  • Application Instructions – Adult Members
  • General Qualification Guidelines for Nationally-Sponsored Events: Adult Members

Please note: All Guiders must have current Standard First Aid qualifications in order to accompany girls on this trip.

Application Deadline

Complete application packages including all supporting documents and references are due by November 9, 2014 to your area or provincial office. Please submit your application electronically.
Girlsplease ask your Guider for assistance with the application process.
Guiderscontact your Provincial International Adviser or Area International Adviser for more information about the application process and to whom your application should be submitted electronically.

Provincial International Adviser Contact Information

British
Alberta, Yukon and


Ontario and

New Brunswick and
Nova
Newfoundland and

Note

In order to provide as many members as possible with the opportunity to participate in nationally sponsored trips, members are eligible to partake in one domestic and one international trip as follows:

  • Once as a girl
  • Once as a Guider
  • Once as an adult participating in a WAGGGS event or GGC determined endorsed event
  • In a designated role as determined by the Board, i.e.: Chief Commissioner, International Commissioner, CEO, etc.

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