It’s been several days since all eastern Missouri Girl Scout-related activities, programs and events have been either canceled and postponed. We hope everyone continues to practice safety precautions, including washing hands often and maintaining at least six feet of distance between yourself and others. For those older Girl Scouts who are home and going stir-crazy, below is a list of some ideas you can do to pass the time.
Keep A Diary
It is a unique and complex moment in history—future generations will be interested in reading and hearing first-hand accounts, so it’s a perfect time to finally begin that journal you’ve been thinking about starting for months.
Here are a couple of tips when you go to begin writing: attempt to capture your thoughts and observations first thing in the morning. Most people try to reflect at the end of the day, but that’s the time when you’re feeling tired and probably not very creative. When you spend a few minutes in the am writing, it’s a warm-up for your brain!
With school, Girl Scouts and your other extracurriculars, when was the last time you had a chance to read something that wasn’t related to homework? You can use #socialdistancing as an opportunity to catch up on the latest and greatest reads. Below is a list of trending audible titles on Amazon:
- The Tales of the Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling (you can pre-order now, it will be released March 31, 2020)
- Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
- Skyward by Brandon Sanderson
- Steelheart: The Reckoners, Book 1 by Brandon Sanderson
- The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
- To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
Get some human contact outside of your family by connecting with your fellow Girl Scout sisters on a group FaceTime chat. You can use this moment to challenge them to Girl Scout trivia! Ask them questions like “when is Juliette Gordon Low’s birthday,” “what does the blue pin you wear with your Girl Scout pin stand for,” and “what year was the first green Girl Scout uniform introduced?” The winner gets bragging rights!
As giving back is a huge part of being a Girl Scout, brainstorm some ideas you and your sister Girl Scouts can do together at a later date. Since everyone is home, use this time to take a look in your closets and pull out any shoes or clothing items that no longer fit, or you haven’t worn in the last year. Start collecting these items so they can be dropped off at a local shelter or thrift store later on. You and your family can also spend a few minutes outside collecting trash or debris that has accumulated on the sides of your neighborhood’s streets.
Relax into Clarity
Although the stress and worry of this moment can seem overwhelming, remember the most important thing anyone of us can do is to stay calm. After journaling, spend a few minutes practicing mindfulness as it can shift thoughts and help reduce anxiety. If you’re new to this practice, there are some easy ways you can incorporate this into your everyday life.
For starters, take a break from your established routine and go for a walk. When you’re out in the world, try to observe your surroundings. You can also spend 10 minutes meditating! By dedicating this time to listening to your breath and blocking out all thoughts, you could be lowering your cortisol levels, which is your body’s built-in alarm system.
Most importantly, though, don’t forget we’re all in this together! Even though normal life is on pause for the moment, let us know how you’re doing, we want to hear. If you decide to do one of the things on the list, tag us via Instagram (@girlscoutsem).
Or if you think of something else to pass the time, we still want to hear! Tag, email or DM—whatever is your preferred communication route, do it!