The Heart and Stroke Kids website has some nice printable resources suitable for Sparks, Brownies or Guides working on either My Might Mind or My Physical Self. They could be used either for at home meeting resources or saved for the fall.
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.
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.
Now that you’ve tried out a few types of self care, develope a regular practice of it by following the instructions in the
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.
Here are two cute short films about serious issues
A Residential Camp for Girl Guides
Guide Program Work: This camp was designed to allow girls to work on their Feeling Good badge.
Patrols: Patrols could be named after different emotions
- Movie Night (Inside Out)
- Spa Night (Mandela Colouring, lip scrub
- Mindful hike (mindful eating, forest bathing)
- Get to Know Your Feelings
- How Are You Feeling Today
Invent a whole new game
If you are happy and you know it
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.
Worry Dolls are a Guatemalan tradition. The idea is that rather then let your worries keep you awake at night, you tell your doll the problem and they will take over worrying about it for you while you can get some sleep. Hopefully by morning the worrying is all done.
These are great instructions for making easy worry dolls. They are a little bigger then some of the ones I’ve before but that makes them a lot less fiddly.
Mindful Eating is an activity where we challenge the girls to really experience a food. To practice mindful eating you need one serving of a food that can be eaten slowly. Most versions of this I’ve seen use a single square of chocolate, but lollipops or a piece of fruit can be used if allergies or nutrition is a concern. Before they start to eat, have the girls examine the food carefully. What does it look like? What does it smell like? How do you feel when you look at the food. Take a small bit. Hold it in your mouth and let it melt on your tongue. How does it taste? Challenge the girls to take as long as they need to really enjoy eat bit of the treat. How was that different from the way they normally would eat a treat?
I have found this can make a great break on a nature hike, especially if you can find a great location where there is an inspiring view.
I know these are called many different names but when I was a kid we called them Fortune Tellers.
Fortune Tellers are an easy origami project. This video shows the basics of how to fold them.
There are lots of ways fortune tellers can be used in the program such as:
Girl Guide History from Owl and Toadstool
Girl Guides of Canada from the Brand Center
I was a a recent training where they made Mighty Mind fortune tellers with self care suggestions inside such as take a deep breath, read a poem, stand in a power pose, dance etc.