Self Care and Support at Home Meeting

I don’t know about you but I’ve found the last week and a half pretty stressful. I figured my Pathfinders and Rangers probably have too. This weeks My Might Minds at home meeting is intended to address that. This covers the Pathfinder and Ranger Stations of Support activity plus a couple of unit’s own. Guides have a very similar activity but they should likely make something like Stress Balls instead of Mental Health First Aid kit and the Saskatewan self care challenge is really intended for older members.

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My social anxiety’s reaction to events being canceled vs. my anxiety’s by Assigned Male Comics

Activities

The main meeting pack contains four activities two about self care and two about supporting others.  Pathfinders and Rangers are encouraged to share their thoughts and/or results with the unit.

Self Care and Support

Now that you’ve tried out a few types of self care, develope a regular practice of it by following the instructions in the

Saskatewan Self Care Challenge

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Self Care Challenge

Saskatchewan has just released this new self care challenge.  It is apparently targeted at Rangers and Adults but has some great ideas for younger girls as well.  I definitely think the topic is appropriate to Guides and Pathfinders and could be adapted for the youngest branches.  The challenge is primarily focused around starting a regular practice of self care and would take a month or two of work outside the unit to complete.

Self Care Challenge

Letter Twister

This is an idea I got from the BC Colour Me Healthy Challenge for Pathfinders and Rangers.  My Pathfinders and Rangers enjoyed the game but it would work well with Guides. Depending on the topic, you may want to make a list of words ahead of time or let the girls brainstorm them before the game.

Before the meeting, buy a plastic tablecloth and draw a grid on it with permanent markers.   In each square, write a letter.  Mix them up so they aren’t in alphabetical order. If you know the list of words, you may be able to tweek the letters on the mat so that no space will go unused.  You can also fill up extra squares with common letters.

It will be easier on the mat if the girls remove their shoes before playing.  To play the game, choose two girls one to start on the mat and one to read the word. The reader will read the word and start to spell it.  The girl on the mat will attempt to put either her hand or foot on each of the letters at the same time.  When she runs out of limbs or can’t figure out how to reach the next letter, she can call another girl in to help her.  This continues until all the letters in the word are covered (longer words are more challenging and more fun).  Then the girl who started on the mat, will be the next reader and should pick someone uninvolved in the previous round to start the next word on the mat.

WAGGGS OLYMPIA BADGE 2020

In 2020 the Olympic and Paralympic Games will be hosted by Japan.  In 2020 Girl Scouts of Japan will also be celebrating their organizations 100th birthday.  As such, the Girl Scouts of Japan have taken the opportunity to update the WAGGGS Olympia badge (last updated when the UK hosted the games).  The new challenge is filled with active games and cultural activities from Japan all with an Olympic and/or Paralympic twist.  There are three levels of the badge available from the WAGGGS store depending on how many activities from each of the three sections you unit completes.

  • Stadium (body)
  • Temple (mind)
  • Theater (cultural)

,This challenge would make a great bases for a unit, district or neighbourhood picnic or camp.

Design a Mocktail

A mocktail is a fancy alcohol-free mixed drink.  They can be a fun way to celebrate or can open a discussion on alcohol use.

Materials:

  • fruit juices such as apple, orange, cranberry, lemon-aid etc.
  • fizzy beverages such as ginger-ale, lemon-lime, soda water etc.
  • fruit including lemons, lime, orange, grapefruit, berries, watermelon etc.
  • vegetables such as celery or cucumber
  • spices such as cinnamon or herbs such as mint,
  • bling such as drink umbrellas or fancy swizzle sticks, different shape glassware

Directions:

  1. Discuss with your girls what a mocktail is and why it is fun to make them.  With older girls you can also discuss why it might be preferable to enjoy a mocktail instead of a cocktail.
  2. Give the girls a opportunity to invent their own perfect mocktail.  Have them consider appearance, tastes, presentation etc.  Each girl should name her concoction.
  3. If you’d like you can hold a contest at the end where girls try the drinks the others have made. Or you can create a menu/recipe book of all the girls creations.

Healthy Living Camp

Theme:  This camp is based on the Colour Me Healthy Challenge and took place at a camp that provided many adventurous activities including horseback riding, archery, wall climbing etc.  The Guiders only needed to provide programming for Friday and Saturday evenings and Sunday morning.

Guide Program Work:  This camp was designed to allow girls to work on their My Physical Self theme and also touches on the My Mighty Mind theme.

Patrols: You could name your patrols after different healthy foods (apples, carrots etc.) or different activities (swimming, hiking etc.)

Activities

Crafts

  1. water bottle counter
  2. peas in a pod hat craft
  3. Horse Finger Puppet

Games

Campfire

Collective Campfire with lots of action songs

Guides Own

Caring and Sharing

I am Unique

Freedom to Be

I am a unique person.
I must experience the world and express the person I am.
You are a unique person too.
You must experience and express yourself differently.
The experiencing and expressing of our total beings
Will find fulfillment in our appreciation of the differences and our mutual love
– Everet L. Shostrom

Go Well, and Safely
Say Why

Rubber Chicken Games

Many units enjoy playing games with Rubber Chickens.

Why play with rubber chickens? Because they are funny! Using a silly object in a game encourages participation.

Rubber Chickens can frequently be found in a dog toy department.

BC Program Committee publishes this list of Rubber Chicken games including  Chuck the Chicken, Chicken Detective, Rubber Chicken
Blob Tag, Hacky Chicken and Duck-Duck-Chicken.  After trying some of these games you can challenge the girls to create their own chicken games.

Hydration at Camp

Very little wrecks a fun day outside faster then dehydration. I can still picture a Pathfinder I worked with 20 years ago sitting in the shade, her head in her hands swearing to me that she would never not drink water when I told her too again if I’d just call her Dad and have him come and get her.

It won’t work well in an outhouse, but if you are using flush toilets then one of the easiest ways to help the girls to manage their hydration is to discuss the colour of their pee. (Yes, this may also lead to some giggling).

Another option is to make water counters like this as a camp craft.