Editor’s note: For those who missed our 2016 Youth Excellence publication, we will be publishing each of the 25 features of our local youth in the coming months in our newspaper, and online, as well. This is the fourth on Ranger Angela Rud, sponsored by Allcraft kitchens En’ Counters. The publication is still available at the Tribune for those who would like a magazine.
As a Ranger, Angela Rud is following in the footsteps of her mom Theresa and her grandmother Lorna Drebit.
The 15 year old started out with Sparks at age five, went to Brownies, then Pathfinders, before moving up to the First Williams Lake Ranger program this year.
“I achieved my Canada Cord last year,” Angela said. “It is an award given after you complete all your badges. I was one of three girls that did that.”
As a ranger she attends meetings where they engage in planning activities, such as a camp out she planned at Tyee Lake last year.
“I had to organize the food, the activities, when, where and how long the campout would be,” she said. “There was still snow on the ground so there were puddles everywhere. “
Sometimes they play games at meetings or listen to guest speakers.
The Rangers go on group hikes and regular campouts and are preparing to attend the Spirit of Adventure Rendezvous (SOAR) 2017 in Smithers, a week-long camp.
She said throughout the years, being a part of Girl Guides of Canada has taught her patience, and how to be careful with a glue gun, she said chuckling.
She’s also made a lot of good friends.
Every year she participates in selling Girl Guide cookies, sometimes they pick up litter at the mall, and last spring Angela was part of a Scouts and Guide food drive and walk with proceeds directed to the St. Vincent de Paul Society food bank at Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
Born and raised in Williams Lake, Angela also enjoys camping with her family, square dancing and playing the flute in the Lake City Secondary School band.
Offering a word of encouragement to other girls considering the program, Angela said it is fun, they are always busy and the organization is very inclusive.
When she and two other girls moved up to the Ranger program this year they were immediately made to feel welcome by the senior Rangers as if they had always been part of the group, she said.