I know where you can get Girl Guide cookies this summer

Posted on Tuesday, August 6th, 2013 at 11:36 am

It’s a Special Day for Bonita Glen Camp!
You’re invited to an OPEN HOUSE which will honour my grandmother and great grandmother

Sunday, August 25, 2013 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Dedication at 1:30 p.m.

Girl Guides of Canada – Guides du Canada has been an organization of outstanding girls and women for over a 100 years. It is with pleasure that you are invited to celebrate two of the women who helped Guiding in the early years.

The Wishart family and Bonita Glen Girl Guide Camp in Hawkestone, Ontario would like to invite you to join us on Sunday, August 25th at 1:30, for an unveiling of a plaque remembering Blanche (nicknamed “Bonita”) Hodgins.

Blanche was Toronto District Commissioner from 1923 to 1936 and was instrumental in purchasing the first “Bonita Glen Camp” in King City in the late 1920’s. She was also the organizer of Ontario Girl Guide Cookie Days in 1929—which raised funds to replace the roof on the old barn at the King City Camp.

We will also be recognizing her daughter (my grandmother), Estelle Wishart who was a Guide Leader throughout the 1920s and became Toronto District Commissioner after her Mother.Estelle went on to become National Commissioner from 1948 to 1954.

The Bonita Glen Camp Local Specialty Community members are hopeful that you will be able to join us for this special dedication. There will be a fundraising BBQ from 11am-1:30pm hosted by the 1st Bonita Glen Trefoil Guild (proceeds to the Bonita Glen Camp).

Click here to visit the Event Calendar and select Adult and Sisterhood Events for full details.

The camp is located at:

567 Line 11 South Oro-Medonte Township

Just off Hwy 11 North between Barrie and Orillia

Click here for directions

And, yes, Girl Guide Cookies will be available for sale and for tasting! See you there!!!


BTW, Girl Guides camped here in 1939 and bought the property in 1940… Nearing 75 years of camping!

One Response

  1. Lara Evans says:

    Hi
    I did a google search whilst looking for some information about my Grandmas birth place, and came across this. My grandma’s family (Deeble) lived on the farm which was part of Bonita Glen (I think), and my grandmother is called Bonita and was the mascot for the local girl guides! They left Canada in approx 1936 and she has never been able to come back. I would be very interested if there are some up to date photos to I could show her. Many Thanks, Lara Evans, London.

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