Brandon Camera Club

For over 100 years, Girl Guides of Canada has been offering girls the opportunity to become great leaders! 





 Girls aged 5 to 17 can belong to Girl Guides.  





Girl Guides is divided into the following branches:


This branch is for 5 and 6 year olds.  The object of the program is to introduce girls to Guiding in a fun, non-competitive environment through the use of levels called keepers which cover:

  1. Being a Spark

  2. Being Me

  3. Going Camping

  4. The World around me

  5. Being Healthy

  6. In My Community

  7. Exploring and Experimenting

  8. Going Outside, and

  9. Brownies and Beyond.


Upon completing a keeper, the spark receives a badge.



This branch is for 7 and 8 year olds. The Brownie program is divided into the following 10 keys:

  1. Key to Brownies
  2. Key to Me
  3. Key to my Community
  4. Key to Girl Guides
  5. Key to I can
  6. Key to Active living
  7. Key to STEM
  8. Key to Living world
  9. Key to Camping, and
  10. Key to the Arts.


After completing a key, the brownie receives a badge.  Certain keys have optional badges they can earn as well.  Brownies also have the opportunity to go camping and participate in activites with other branches of Girl Guides.




This branch for 9, 10 and 11 year olds encourages learning about the following:


  1. Learn and enjoy the outdoors
  2. learn about being a good citizen
  3. basic first aid
  4. home maintenance
  5. food preparation
  6. active living, and
  7. songs, dances, games and crafts.


Team work is encouraged along with comfortably speaking in a group.  Members are taught to respect others and their property and great leadership skills. Guides also have the opportunity to participate in activites with other branches of Girl Guides.



This branch of Girl Guides is for 12, 13, and 14 year olds.  It is split into four Emblems which are also divided into topics (also called Pathways).  Pathfinders is a flexible program allowing the member to complete their emblems individually or in a group.  Other Emblems include Leadership and Camping - a pathfinder decides which one to follow and, if time permits, she can complete both.




The Rangers branch is for 15, 16 and 17 year olds.  Ranger members work towards three different awards:


  • The Chief Commissioners Gold Award
  • The Commonwealth Award
  • The Duke of Edinburgh's Award





Dates and times vary throughout the city.  Check our calendar for the schedule for all branches of Girl Guides.




Girl Guide branches meet at various churches across the city.  Check our calendar for locations.




$95 + $4 handling fee (Additional fees may be applied during the year. A fee subsidy may be available.) for each branch per girl.


For More Information


Contact Brandon's representative for Girl Guides of Canada for more information including uniform requirements.



Girl Guides of Canada website

Girl Guides of Canada - Manitoba Council website


Do you have a kid who likes games or is looking for a club in Brandon, MB?  Then you have come to the right place!  We are in the process of putting together all of the clubs and games in Brandon so check back often to follow our progress.  Or, if you know of any clubs or games we have missed, certainly feel free to contact us.  So far, we have the following:


Brandon Amateur Radio Club

If you have a child interested in amateur radio (also called ham radio), check out this link. And, here is a YouTube video showing two kids during Kids Day on Ham Radio!!



Brandon Camera Club

photo (1)Do you have a kid photography buff?  Then check out the Brandon Camera Club.








Brandon Hills Model Railway Club

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 Do you have a kid who loves trains?  Then check out this link.








Girl Guides of Canada

Do you have a girl interested in leadership, life skills, camping, the outdoors...and much, much, more?  Then check out the Girl Guides of Canada.


Brandon, Manitoba is home to the Brandon Amateur Radio Club.



Anyone interested in communicating with like-minded people via voice, morse code or computer.



Amateur radio (or Ham Radio) operators talk by two-way radio to other amateur radio operators.  To learn more about Ham Radio, check out this link or check out this youtube video:



  In order to become a ham operator in Canada, you need to write a free amateur radio exam administered by Industry Canada.  Once you pass the exam, Industry Canada asigns you a call sign and gives you a license.  Amateur radio operators broadcast for fun or public service only -- amateur radio cannot broadcast for money!!



 The Brandon Amateur Radio Club meets monthly (first Thursday of the month) at 7:00pm



The group meets at Forbidden Flavours at 1060 18th Street Brandon Manitoba Canada.  See map below.




Check out the Brandon Amateur Radio Club's website.

Brandon, Manitoba is home to the Brandon Camera Club, a group of photography enthusiasts with around 40 members.  It has been in existence since 1965!  It is also a member of the prestigious Photographic Society of America.

Fields around Brandon 


Anyone who is interested in photography should consider joining the Brandon Camera Club!  

Membership Dues are $20/year for a single membership or $25/year for families (parents and dependents living at the same residence).  Some benefits of membership include:

  •  Invitations to club photo shoots
  • Invitations to social events such as the annual Christmas Party and Wind-up Party
  • Eligible to borrow Club equipement such as studio lighting gear, back drops, projectors etc at no charge


Membership forms are available from the Club Treasurer at any regular meeting of the Club.



Club memebers meet to share photographic techniques, slide shows and lectures, exhibitions of members' work and photography outings to locations in the Westman area.  Members explore both digital as well as traditional negative, print and slide media.


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The club meets the first and third Mondays of the months from September to June   If the Monday is a holiday, they skip that day.  


The Brandon Camera Club meets in the Lecture Theatre at Crocus Plains School at 7:30pm.  See map below for location:





Contact the president of the Brandon Camera Club for more information.

For Kids of All Ages 

If you have a young train enthusiast in your family (think Thomas the Tank engine and the like), then you must check out the Brandon Hills Model Railway Club  Open Saturdays from 10:00am to 12:00pm, and virtually free (small donations are welcome to help with building and maintainance of the layouts), it is a great outing for kids of all ages.  The club is located in the Brandon General Museum at 19-9th Street. 


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Our family was first introduced to this model train club when they were located in the Town Centre.  We spent many Saturdays watching the trains circle through each layout.  With plently of space, the club was able to display a variety of train sizes: N scale, HO scale and even a garden train or G scale.  Coupled with Dr. Hobbs' beautiful painted background art, it was awesome!


The following video provides even more history about the club.



The picture below shows our boys enjoying the garden train.


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And, the following video created by Alex Robinson, of Erich Stumme, a member of the club, gives you a great look at the layouts that were housed in the Town Centre. 


In the spring of 2012, the club had to find a new location as the Town Centre was readying itself for new tenants.  Thus, began the search for a new home...which they found at the Brandon General Museum.  With significantly less space configured differently, the club members have had to start from scratch creating entirely new layouts.  One of the members has been documenting the building of the new layouts through a series of YouTube videos.  It's very interesting to see the progress that the club members are making on their new layouts.


So if you are looking for a place to visit on Saturday mornings with your kids of any age, check out the Brandon Hills Model Railway Club.


So Your Child is a Model Railway Enthusiast?

If your child's fascination persists and they are interested in joining the club, teenagers can join unaccompanied at approximately age 14 (or earlier if accompanied by an adult).  It costs $35 per year (2013 pricing) for a membership.  This money goes towards supplies for the layouts.  With membership, members help build the layouts and can then run their own trains through the layouts.  Contact the Brandon Hills Model Railway Club for more information on joining the club.  Or better yet, just drop in on a Saturday morning and chat with one of the members.  They will be more than willing to give you any information you may need.


Cool Train Outing

If you are interested in a really cool train experience, you and your family could try out the Prairie Dog Central Railway.  The Prairie Dog travels from Winnipeg to a few stations in rural Manitoba.  You can be an engineer for the day (18 or older), have a party on the train, or participate in the many events that they offer.  Check out the following video to get a better idea of what its all about.


Canadian Pacific Holiday Train

Every year, Canadian Pacific has a holiday train decorated with Christmas lights.  In 2012, the train was on the rails for a three-week journey from Beaconsfield, Quebec, finishing up in Port Moody, BC.  The following video shows the train entering Brandon in 2012.




Check out the CPR Facebook page for more information. 



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