IN PICTURES: 2,500 Girl Guides from around the world come to Enderby

Laurie Hooker at Riverside Park in Enderby, where 2,200 girl guides and 300 volunteers have moved in for the week.

ENDERBY - Visit the small North Okanagan town of Enderby this week and you’ll find a city within a city.

Girl Guides have built a colony of 2,500 people in Riverside Park for this year’s Spirit of Adventure Rendezvous (SOAR), effectively doubling Enderby’s population.

The event happens every three years in different locations and this is the first time it has come to the Okanagan.

Spokesperson for the event Laurie Hooker says girl guides came from across the world — including Japan, Grenada and New Zealand — for the fun. Around 300 volunteers are behind the scenes of the July 19-26 event.

“Nobody here gets paid. We do it because we’re girl guides and that’s what we do. We provide the experience for the girls and that’s how they become adult leaders. And it’s how we spend our cookie money,” Hooker says.

With a gathering of this size, you have to see it to believe it. Here’s a collection of photos that show what’s involved when you bring 2,500 girl guides together.

Photo number 9 courtesy of SOAR. 

To contact the reporter for this story, email Charlotte Helston at or call 250-309-5230. To contact the editor, email or call 250-718-2724.

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