Before the new program we played Disc Golf a couple of times as part of the old Outdoor in the City badge. Our hiking route took us by a formal course, but if you don’t have access to a disc golf courses you can build your own with pylons and hoops. You can even have the girls set up there own “holes”. In this video a teacher explains how to play with this set up. Per Covid-19 precautions each participant should have her own Frisbee.
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.
This is a simple relay I put together for the Outdoors in the City #3 but it could be used before any outdoor activity to help remind the girls what they should and shouldn’t wear. There are equal numbers of bring and don’t bring items. Before the meeting, I printed a copy for each team on different colours of card stock so it was easy to keep them separate. And then I cut them into pieces. Here is the file but you may need to modify it based on where and when you are hiking.
During the game each group had send one runner at a time to pick up an item. Once they had all their items retrieved they had to put them in two piles, one for the things to bring and one for the things to leave at home. When they thought they had them all right they’d call a guider over to check. It took all the teams at least two tries to get it right.
Afterwards we had a circle discussion about appropriate hike wear starting with out feet and ending with our heads.