Sail my Ship

I’m not afraid of storms, for I’m learning how to sail my ship.
– Louisa May Alcott


Worry Dolls

Worry Dolls are a Guatemalan tradition.  The idea is that rather then let your worries keep you awake at night, you tell your doll the problem and they will take over worrying about it for you while you can get some sleep.  Hopefully by morning the worrying is all done.

These are great instructions for making easy worry dolls.  They are a little bigger then some of the ones I’ve before but that makes them a lot less fiddly.

Mindfulness Eating

Mindful Eating is an activity where we challenge the girls to really experience a food.  To practice mindful eating you need one serving of a food that can be eaten slowly.  Most versions of this I’ve seen use a single square of chocolate, but lollipops or a piece of fruit can be used if allergies or nutrition is a concern. Before they start to eat, have the girls examine the food carefully.  What does it look like?  What does it smell like? How do you feel when you look at the food.  Take a small bit.  Hold it in your mouth and let it melt on your tongue.  How does it taste? Challenge the girls to take as long as they need to really enjoy eat bit of the treat.  How was that different from the way they normally would eat a treat?

I have found this can make a great break on a nature hike, especially if you can find a great location where there is an inspiring view.

Super Cookie Challenge

I love the look of many vintage Girl Guide cookie boxes and BC picked one of my favorites to create their Super Cookie Challenge.  This challenge would be a great way to get girls fired up for spring cookie season especially if you have some big group sales planned for Cookie Day in Canada.

The Challenge is divided up into the following sections

  • The History of Girl Guide Cookies
  • Cookie Information
  • Essential Life Skills with Cookie Selling
  • Cookie Selling and Public Relations
  • Think Outside the Cookie Box
  • Cookies Around the World

Folding Fortune Tellers

I know these are called many different names but when I was a kid we called them Fortune Tellers.

Fortune Tellers are an easy origami project. This video shows the basics of how to fold them.

There are lots of ways fortune tellers can be used in the program such as:

Girl Guide History from Owl and Toadstool

Girl Guides of Canada from the Brand Center

Promise and Law

I was a a recent training where they made Mighty Mind fortune tellers with self care suggestions inside such as take a deep breath, read a poem, stand in a power pose, dance etc.