Monday, April 27, 2015

Healthy Living Activity: Stereotyping

A stereotype is “a simplified and standardized conception or image, invested with special meaning and held in common by members of a group”[1]. For example, saying “tall girls are good at basketball” is an example of a stereotype.  If you ever find yourself casting people in certain roles without thinking about them as individuals first, you might be using a stereotype.  

Movies, TV Shows, and even advertisements might cause you to think in stereotypes.  One example of a stereotype is the “evil stepmother” often portrayed in fairytales. It may very well be the case that a stepmother is a kind-hearted and loving woman and mother.

You shouldn’t want to be a certain way just because someone else thinks you should.  You should not feel pressure to be something you are not. 

Supplies Needed
·         Paper
·         Pens
·         Magazines
·         Glue
·         Scissors

Brainstorm stereotypes that you may encounter every day and discuss these stereotypes with the other girl’s in your Troop.  What are the characteristics of each stereotype? How are these stereotypes supposed to act and feel?  Are they supposed to have certain jobs, fashion styles, or body features? Write out a description of each stereotype.

Out of your list of stereotypes, pick the one stereotype in which you may be cast as.  Now, using magazines cut out images which prove the stereotype wrong.  Using paper and glue make a collage of these images.   
When your collage is completed, present your collage to the rest of your Troop. 

·         Are all stereotypes true? How so?
·         How would you feel if you were cast under a certain stereotype?
·         Where in your life have you seen people thinking in stereotypes?

[1] stereotype. (n.d.). Unabridged. Retrieved November 30, 2011, from website:

Friday, April 24, 2015

Healthy Living Initiative: Go Exploring!

Did you know that the US Department of Health & Human Services recommends that “…children and adolescents should do 60 minutes or more of physical activity each day?”[1]  This activity should have a variety of aerobic exercise, muscle-strengthening, and bone-strengthening. What does this mean? Get Active and Get Moving! 
The Activity
Research types of physical activity. Learn what aerobic exercise, muscle-strengthening and bone-strengthening are. What types of exercises and activities are included in these categories? How can you include each of these types of activity in an everyday walk? Create a walking plan that includes a variety of activities which will meet all three of these categories.

The Challenge
With spring, comes warmer, sunnier weather; the perfect type of weather to explore the outdoors. Explore the outdoors by exploring your local community. Nassau County is the home to a variety of different walking and hiking paths including Old Bethpage Village Restoration, Sands Point Preserve and Tanglewood Park and Preserve. Girl Scouts of Nassau County challenges everyone to take a walk (use your walking-exercise plan) and explore at least 3 different parks and preserves in Nassau County. 

Did you know…
The Girl Scouts of Nassau County’s Girls Go the Distance Walkathon will allow you to explore Old Bethpage Village Restoration while you participate in a 2 mile walk filled with muscle-strengthening and bone-strengthening activities.

[1] U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (2008, October 16). Physical Acitivty Guidelines for Americans - Chapter 3: Active Children and Adolescents. Retrieved April 2012, from U.S. Department of Health & Human Services: