by Rhonda Massad
Lakeshore District Girl Guides pancake supper fundraiser at Christ Church Beaurepaire in Beaconsfield fed more than 225 hungry eaters on March 18, all funds going to the Girl Guide Camp, WaThikAne, in Morin Heights.
“It is one of the most well rounded programs for girls,” Brownie leader Jennifer Ankorn told The Suburban while waiting in line for her dinner. “The money raised is used for basic upkeep and new equipment.
According to the Beaconsfield mom of two girls, the camp is an affordable, volunteer-run camp. There are 3 weeks of camp offered every summer for girls between the ages of 5, mom and me, and 18. Depending on the age, girls swim, canoe, hike, learn survival techniques, arts and crafts, rock climb, go on canoe trips, sleep under canvas tents and make their own food.
“It is one of the most well rounded programs for girls,” she told The Suburban while waiting in line for her dinner. “The money raised is used for basic upkeep and new equipment.
“The overall goal of these weeks is to foster their independence, build confidence and continue supporting their individuality.” Ankorn explained, “Girls often begin the week feeling unsure, it is often their first time away from home, but by the end of the week they are all beaming. It is a truly amazing experience. The money is used for basic upkeep and to buy new equipment.
For $5.00 patrons received as many fluffy pancakes with real maple syrup as they could eat, two sausages, fruits and a drink. Volunteers were made up of Pathfinders, Rangers and Guiders who spent the evening in the kitchen flipping pancakes