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Girl Guides Association, 1910-1960, Be Prepared


Girl Guides Association, 1910-1960, Be Prepared


Date of Issue

April 20, 1960




Postal Administration


Perforation or Dimension



Canadian Bank Note Company, Limited.


Designed by Helen Roberta Fitzgerald. Picture and lettering engraved by John F. Mash.

About Stamp

A special issue postage stamp has been designed to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of the Girl Guides movement in Canada. The Girl Guides Association was established in 1909 in Great Britain by Lord Baden-Powell. Within a year guiding was established in Canada, the first Company being formed in St. Catharines, Ontario. In a short time other companies of Guides were in operation. As the opportunities for training and development of girls offered by the organization were recognized, the Association spread through the Provinces. In 1912 a Dominion Council was set up and five years later the Canadian Council of the Girl Guides Association was incorporated. Canada now has the third largest Guide membership in the world, being exceeded only by Great Britain and the United states. Another feature of the Canadian Guides is that they have most northerly Company in the world. The Aklavik group was founded in 1937 and was the first of the far north groups, some of which have Eskimo members. The ideals of good citizenship and the establishment and maintenance of friendly international relations promoted by the Guides have been emphasized at three national and one world camp held in Canada. The first national camp was at Victoria in 1928, and the second at Rothesay, N.B. in 1939. In 1952 Canadian Guides and their guests from countries of the Western Hemisphere enjoyed camping together at Ottawa. One of the four world camps in celebration of the centenary of the birth of Lord Baden-Powell was held in Canada in 1957 at Doe Lake, Ont., with representatives of many coutries among those in attendance. An interesting link between the Girl Guides and the Canada Post Office is the postal badge earned by Guides who demonstrate a knowledge of good mailing practices. The Guides' co-operation is mutually advantageous as proper addressing and packaging of mail matter permits prompt and efficient handling by the Post Office. The Girl Guides commemorative postage stamp is a tribute to all who have encouraged and assisted the Association and to the generations of Canadian girls who have benefited from its character building activities.


Canada Post Office Department. [Postage Stamp Press Release], 1960.

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