The Drumheller Girl Guides units were surprised by a sudden influx of registrations this year.

Paula Peake, the District Commissioner for the Badlands Division says the Drumheller units have attracted about three times the number of girls they had registered at this time last year.

"Our enrollment numbers are very high this year. We seemed to have attracted a lot more young girls, which is really good for our community," explained Peake. "It's always a good starting point when you can get high numbers into the lower ranks. Once they've started into Guiding, they normally stick with Guiding all the way through and quite often will become future leaders."

Girl Guides runs five units in Drumheller: Sparks, Brownies, Guides, Pathfinders and Rangers. Girls can start at five years old and continue through until they're 17.

"I think a lot of our [girls] are families who are from here," elaborated Peake. "I think we've been more visual in the community and a lot of moms or parents have said, 'Hey, I remember Guiding from when I was a kid' and seeing it and [thinking] 'I forgot about it. Here it is. This is something I want my daughter in.'"

Peake says registrations are still coming in every few days.

"I would say [for] probably another month we won't have hard numbers because children are going to school and saying 'I'm in Brownies, I'm in Guides, I'm in Sparks' and their friends are joining us also."

Although the units have an increased number of kids this year, Peake isn't too concerned about volunteer numbers. She says her core base of volunteers are committed, but that the units are always looking for more volunteers to accompany kids on activities or trips.

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