The neuroscience of singing shows that when we sing our neurotransmitters connect in new and different ways. It fires up the right temporal lobe of our brain, releasing endorphins that make us smarter, healthier, happier and more creative. When we sing with other people this effect is amplified.
The Neuroscience of Singing
This fascinating article discussing the effects on the brain of singing in a group. The singing we do at our meetings or around a campfire really can contribute to long term mental health. Don’t forget to add some singing to your Mighty Minds program.
Maclean’s magazine has a excellent article this week on what it is like to be a Girl Scout in Syria. What it’s like to be a Girl Scout in Syria The organization is small there as it was banned for much of the 80’s and 90’s but it sounds like they offer the girls they do have a great program. I’m am very glad that I don’t have to teach my girls the best way to stay safe during an aerial bombing though.
Nova Scotia has released a new cookie based challenge: Cookie Bites. Unlike the Cookie Rising badge, this challenge is divided into Creative, STEM, Active Living and Events sections and includes a wide variety of activities in each section. It might be a great way to shake the dust off of preparing your girls for cookie selling this spring.
Please note: Some Guiders (myself included) are having trouble viewing the challenge on the Nova Scotia site. I’ve read the challenge when it was posted on the Unofficial Girl Guides Facebook group. Hopefully this will be fixed soon.
The Twelve Days of Guide Camp
(to the tune of “The 12 Days of Christmas”)
On the first day of Guide camp my Leader said to me…
“Be careful of poison ivy.”
On the second day of Guide camp my Leader said to me..
“Clean out the lats and be careful of poison ivy.” etc etc…
3rd day “Don’t chew gum” 4th “Don’t throw up!” 5th “Where’s your hat?” 6th “Time for inspection.” 7th “Take out the garbage.” 8th “Eat your oatmeal.” 9th “Where’s my repellant?” 10th “Drop that snake.” 11th “Not another seance.” 12th “Where are your parents?”
CTV did a nice piece on the History of Girl Guide cookies just in time for Spring Cookie Season.
CTV National News: A History of Girl Guide Cookies