While reading the January 1955 issue of The Canadian Guide, I came across some sample pages from Lone Letters written in the 1950s that I found interesting as a current Lone Guider.
These are pages taken from various Lone Company Letters which take the place of the usual Company Meeting as Lone Guides and Rangers do everything by correspondence. The Letters are circulated among the members of the company once a month, and the Captain and Court of Honour plan them just as the “active” ones plan the weekly meetings.
1. Company, Fall IN! (Camp roll call page)
Sheet One was made from coloured paper and was awfully pretty. The tents were cut out of yellow and pale blue and pale green and pasted onto a sheet of brown construction paper and the spruce trees were of dark green.
Each Lone entered the date she received the letter on the line provided on her tent and added the date that she was mailing the letter on to the next girl on the line that said mailed.
2. Captain talks to her Guides (Letter)
Dear Lone Guides:
We all want to congratulate the Daffodil Patrol Leader, Amy Duncan, who has won her Needlewoman Badge. Your presentation is in the Campfire part of the C.L. Amy. We are all very proud of you. This is one of the badges for First Class on which Mary and Ruth are working now that they have their Second Class Badge.
Our Camp Gadget Competition was won by Florence. She sent in by far the best made entry. The lashing was very neat and tidy, and all the sticks well chosen. Her parcel was especially well packed. The Court of Honour is presenting Florence with a book called “Camping for Boys and Girls” which we all hope she will enjoy.
Joan has had such a nice letter from her pen pal, Margaret, in Australia. Margaret tells all about a Rally she went to and how she won the signalling race. It would be fun if we all had pen pals, so be sure to let me know your choice of country soon.
Don’t forget there is Court of Honour Meeting next month, so be sure your Patrol Leader has the answers to the questions she asked you in plenty of time for her to give your Patrol’s opinions.
With a Handshake and Salute,
3. Practicing Morse (Morse Code Game)
Morse Code was a requirement for the Second Class test.
4. An important part of our flag (St George’s Cross)
April 23rd – St George’s Day
5. A Progress Chart
Shows each girl’s progress towards earning the Second Class badge.
6. Tenderfoot Test – Knots
How a Lone sometimes passes a test – in this case, learning 3 knots and their uses.
7. We remember others
The Good Turn mentioned in Sheet 7 refers to British Columbia only.
Every Lone in our Province collects all kinds of used stamps. These are sent in to the captains who will forward them. This is one of our service projects. All stamps are wanted but, of course, the more rare the better. How about a look in old trunks for treasured letters and post stamps? Steam – do not tear – the stamps off. Better still, if you can, leave on paper like these.
8. Lones love singing, too
The Lones themselves could read the music and through this letter learned to sing a lively round, The Girl Guide Grace and Taps. These will be useful to them when they go camping with Active Guides. The songs are: “O how lovely in the evening” (round), “For Health and Strength” (grace), and ? (it isn’t Taps…).
“Sample Pages From Real Lone Company Letters”, The Canadian Guide. Brampton:Canadian Council of the Girl Guides Association, January 1955, pp8-9, 12