Online Girls First Session

Girl Guides hosted a Facebook Live session on January 23rd to update Guiders on the current status of our new program: Girls First.  If you missed the live broadcast, you can watch it below.

The next day they released the following short video to clarify the current plans regarding interest badges and challenges.

Career Night

This was an easy meeting to run and might be a great choice for a week you know you are going to be a little short on Guiders.

We sent out an invitation to the parents a few weeks in advance to generate some volunteers, we also spoke to some friends and family of the Guiders.  In the end we got 5 volunteers a doctor, a flight attendant, an engineer, an opera singer and someone who works for public health.  Our unit has 5 patrols so that worked out well.  We had each volunteer set up a station around the room and ran the evening as a round robin, with 10 minutes at each station.  That gave the volunteers time to tell the girls about their job and left some time for the girls to ask questions.

Quebec Maple Syrup Challenge

In the spirit of their popular Chocolate Challenge, The Quebec Girl Guides have introduced a Maple Syrup Challenge.  This would make a great challenge to base a meeting or two around if you are planning a sugar shack outing.  It would also make a great camp theme.  Like the chocolate challenge, the Maple Syrup Challenge starts with learning about either the history or geography of maple syrup and then the girls must complete a number of maple themed activities depending on their branch.

Forest Bathing

This is an interesting article on the Japanese practice of Forest Bathing.

Forest bathing—basically just being in the presence of trees—became part of a national public health program in Japan in 1982 when the forestry ministry coined the phrase shinrin-yoku and promoted topiary as therapy. … Just be with trees. No hiking, no counting steps on a Fitbit. You can sit or meander, but the point is to relax rather than accomplish anything.

I don’t think it will be a surprise to anyone in Guiding that being outdoors in nature is good for Mental Health.  But this piece can serve as a good reminder that we don’t always need to be so goal driven when we are in nature.  I’ve given my Guides time to just be with trees while we were on hikes.  Just wonder among the trees.  Smell the forest.  Feel the bark.  Some of the girls really enjoyed it, some didn’t really know what to do.