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.
What: An introduction to the sport of curling. They played several active games with our girls to teach them the rules to curling and then they let the girls try the game using rocks with wheels on the bottom to give them the idea of the sport without the ice (brooms optional).
How many: They handled our group of 30 girls. They said that if we had more they could split the unit into two groups.
Where: They come to you. You have to have a gym available.
How Much: They charge our unit about $140
More information: http://rocksandrings.com/
Rocks and Rings was great. The communication before the evening was really great. Their staff member was fantastic with the girls. The girls were all really engaged with the program and they all got to try a sport they hadn’t tried before.
Let’s Lace ‘EM Up!– is an Active living challenge from Nova Scotia. The activities are divided into three categories:
- Physical Activity
- Eating Healthy
- Mental Health
The activities would fit in with many meeting plans or camps and the challenges and there is an extensive list of program connections at the end of the challenge.
There are lots of versions of the story of Stone Soup. In each one a traveler comes to a village where no one is willing to share because they don’t have enough. The stranger starts to boil a pot of water and puts a stone (or other inedible object) in the pot. He or she tells each villager who comes by that they are making stone soup but it would be ever so much better with just a little bit of carrots/onions/herbs/etc. Each villager is convinced to contribute the “one thing” the soup is missing. In the end the stranger has a big pot of soup to share with the village.
A Guider I used to work with used this story to make a pot of collaborative soup each year. She’d read the story to the girls one week and tell them that at their next meeting (or sometimes it would be at winter camp) she’d be providing the soup pot and a clean stone. She’d ask each girl to bring something for the soup (vegetables, bullion, herbs etc. ). Whatever arrived at the next meeting was chopped up and put in the soup pot. Everyone would enjoy a mug of soup at the end of the meeting. Be aware of allergies or other dietary restrictions.
At camp last year we had difficulty keeping the girls hydrated. The water at the camp is safe but it is from a well and has a lot of minerals in it so it tasted funny to our girls used to city water. An inexpensive solution presented it’s self when one of the other Guiders chopped up some spare cucumbers and oranges and dumped them into the water jugs.
Fruit flavoured water is quite trendy right now. You can use any kind of citrus fruit, cucumbers, berries or herbs like mint or basil. Why not challenge your girls to experiment and come up with their favourites.
If you feeling less adventurous here are some recipes from Buzz Feed.
This is a fairly simple challenge from New Brunswick and PEI but I adore the cute crests. The challenge is designed to be done over the course of several meetings (or the course of a year).
The challenge requirments can be found here.
Hot off the presses (so to speak) this is a new challenge from the Program team in British Columbia. There are four different crests for different levels of Guiding.
The challenges are packed full of great activities to get the girls moving, discuss body image and thinking about their health. Well worth looking at even if you don’t plan to complete the challenge.