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.
Taboo is a commercially available board game where a player has to try and get the other players to guess a mystery word without using any of the taboo words.
The blog Living by the Guiding Law made a great adaption of this game for Girl Guides. The adaption included cards for Australian, UK and American Girl Guides/Scouts. But there are blank cards available to make some Canadian versions.
The Golden Eaglet is a silent film made by Girl Scouts in 1918. It was apparently shown in theaters across the US. It follows the adventures of two girls as they join Girl Scouts and learn the skills necessary to earn their Golden Eaglet award.
Watching this film now I was struck by both how much has changed and yet stayed the same about Guiding in 100 years. We still teach our girls communication skills, first aid, camping etc. Yet, I can’t imagine our girls today taking over the home of an invalid, or being sent to flag down a train by herself.
This is a challenge developed for Girl Scouts by the International Bipolar Association.
With approximately 1 in 4 people in the U.S. diagnosed with a mental illness, awareness of those impacted is also growing.
The opportunity to learn about mental health is consistent with the Girl Scout organization’s dedication to the health and well-being of all girls. In earning the patch, Girl Scouts:
- Learn how the brain impacts mental health
- Explore how discrimination against the mentally ill makes it difficult to seek help
- Learn about many great achievers who experienced mental illness
- Research how the mentally ill are portrayed in the media
- Create anti-stigma campaign activities
To get information on the challenge you need to fill out the form at: Girl Scouts Mental Health Awareness Patch
They will apparently even send you the patch for free once you complete the challenge.