Volunteers were hanging signs Wednesday morning announcing the arrival of the Girl Guides' SOAR camp.

Guides in town for SOAR camp

Public invited to tour next Wednesday

By tonight, half the Girl Guides attending SOAR 2011 will be arriving at their campsite at the Agassiz fairgrounds.

By tomorrow the other half will arrive, bringing the total number of campers to about 2,000. Once they convene, the group will hold their opening ceremonies, which includes a parade through town.

On Wednesday morning, volunteers setting up the massive camp said the parade should start at about 6:30 p.m. Saturday, winding its way through Agassiz.

The campers will be staying at the fairgrounds until July 30, and over the next week Girl Guides will be performing community service projects in and around Agassiz.

The camp runs every three years, and in the past has been in Prince George, Sooke, Trail, Merritt and Parksville.

By the time the Girl Guides arrive tonight, a self-contained village will be waiting for them. Construction of that camp began earlier this week.

There will be a Tour Day on Wednesday, July 27, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Visitors will be able to tour the site and see SOAR 2011 in action, led by chaperones.

It all wraps up on Friday, July 30, with a country fair and closing ceremonies.

There currently is not a Guiding group set up in Agassiz. Agassiz and Harrison girls who do participate in the Guiding program travel into Chilliwack to be in a group.

The fairgrounds are closed to the public for the duration of the camp, except by invitation.

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