Yoga

I know my limits as a Guider and one of them is that I’m no Yoga Instructor.  Yoga stretching can be a great form of self care and the Mighty Minds challenge includes instructions for some postures but if like me you don’t feel comfortable providing this instructions   The best option is to find a qualified instructor to come your your meeting.  But if that doesn’t work for you and you have some way to show video you may want to turn to YouTube.   There are lots of videos available but these were two I found that targeted Guide age kids.

Before doing anything like yoga it is worth mentioning to the girls that if they feel uncomfortable with any of the movements they can just sit quietly on their mat and work on their breathing.

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Lexique du Guides du Canada

This document is very useful for French speaking or Bilingual units.  However, if your English speaking unit is working on the Interpreting Badge you may also find this list of Guiding terms in French from the Quebec Provincial Council useful.  If could be great fun to uses some of these words in skits and it would give the girls a challenge they wouldn’t find in their school’s french class.

Lexique du Guides du Canada

Connect with West Coast Area

I wish I’d heard about this earlier, however, this sounds like a great initiative by the West Coast Area in British Columbia.  The idea is for units to make simple postcards out of white index cards.  Mail them to a volunteer in the WCA and she will send you back postcards from another unit.  There are also crests you can order to celebrate your participation (free for members of WCA and $1.50 for units else where in the country).

Connect with West Coast Area

National Mental Health Week Instant Meeting

National has released the last of the promised instant meetings for the Make a Difference Days. This time it is for National Mental Health week May 2-8th. Activities include a worry wall, colouring, yoga, mindfulness etc.

National Mental Health Week Instant Meeting

There isn’t a specific crest for this Make a Difference Day. But if you are interested in exploring this topic deeper with your unit, I’d recommend taking a look at the Mental Health Awareness Challenge produced by the International Bipolar Association.

Stress Balls

Two make a stress ball you will need:

  • flour
  • wide mouth plastic bottles (like the ones used for Gatorade)
  • latex balloons
  • metal teaspoons
  • Sharpie markers (optional)

This craft works well if the girls work in pairs.  I’d also recommend I high supervision ratio so you may want to make this part of a round robin of activities with one Guider supervising two or three pairs of girls at most.  You will need one bottle and one teaspoon per pair, but they can be reused by the next group.  Prepare the bottles by cutting off the bottoms so they form a wide mouth funnel.

stress ball

Each girl should pick three balloons of the same colour and cut the bottoms off them.

One girl should stretch one of her balloons over the mouth of the bottle.  It is important that the balloon be pulled up over the twist grooves as they will help it stay on.

Then carefully add flour to the funnel.  The first 1/4 cup or so will fall easily into the balloon.  After that it may be necessary to use the back of the spoon to pack the flour down.  This is wear the team work comes into play while one girls is holding the balloon firmly to the the mouth of the funnel and the other girl is packing the flour down.  Ultimately we found that 3/4 cup of flour made for a nice sized ball.

Carefully slide you ball off the funnel and have your partner stretch out another balloon to place over top of the hole.  Add a third balloon the other direction to make it even stronger.  Finally you can decorate your stress ball with permanent markers.

This video shows a slightly different technique for the same end product.  I think my system was slightly less messy but this one might be easier for the girls.

International Day of Persons with Disabilities Instant Meeting

December 3 is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities and the second Make a Difference Day.  Girl Guides of Canada has put out an instant meeting for anyone who wishes to mark this day in their unit.  This year’s theme is Breaking Barriers: Accessibility for All.  Activities include an Accessibility Audit and activities to understand better what it might be like to have a different kinds of disability.